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Get digging at the King Richard III Visitor Centre this summer!


This summer at the King Richard III Visitor Centre younger visitors can discover the techniques used by archaeologists during the Greyfriars dig, which took place in 2012 and uncovered the remains of King Richard III.

During the school holidays children can learn the basics of archaeology and uncover hidden artefacts in our mini archaeology dig pits. Any finds made will need to be recorded, as all good archaeologists do, and awards will be given to all children uncovering anything of interest. We can’t guarantee finding a Pokémon but there are belt buckles, coins and ring seals to be uncovered!

The event runs from Monday 18th July to Friday 26th August on weekdays at 11am until 1pm.

Visitors can also experience for themselves the incredible story of King Richard III and the discovery of his remains – one of the greatest archaeological mysteries ever solved.

The Visitor Centre will be open for extended hours during school holidays, opening from 10am until 5pm Monday – Saturday. The Centre closes at 4pm on Sundays.

To book tickets and for more information visit