Enjoy exploring the history and heritage of Leicestershire

History & Heritage

Leicester is well known as an important Roman settlement, and evidence of this can be seen at the Jewry Wall Museum in the city. Take a guided walk around Castle Park, Leicester's old town and see the medieval Guildhall and the Great Hall of Leicester Castle.

In the west of Leicestershire, visit the Battle of Bosworth Heritage Centre, and find out all about the battle that claimed the life of King Richard III. Battle re-enactments and other historic events regularly take place here. 

The county boasts many splendid stately homes including the 17th century Stanford Hall, the majestic Belvoir Castle and the unique Calke Abbey. Medieval jousting festivals are often held at Belvoir, and also at Rockingham Castle near Market Harborough.

Leicestershire is also home to Foxton Locks, a remarkable piece of Victorian engineering, where you can walk along the inclined plane of locks, enjoy a family day of orienteering or hire a narrowboat and enjoy the scenery from the water.

Discover the history behind these heritage sites

Historic Sites

Step back in time and delve into Leicestershire's interesting history and heritage. Discover Roman ruins, majestic castles, haunted medieval buildings, historic events and much more.



Explore Moira Furnace and other heritage sites in the Leicestershire

Industrial heritage

From the coal mining industry in the aptly named Coalville to the tramways in Ticknall, there is plenty to explore. Take a tour with an ex-miner around Snibston's former colliery buildings, visit a restored mill at Hough Hill at Swannington, search for the houses built from giant bricks at Measham, or find the framework knitters' cottages with long narrow windows in Melbourne. Come and explore the villages where your ancestors lived and worked. 

Ticknall Lock Up

Village lock-ups

There are five lock-ups and round houses in North West Leicestershire and South Derbyshire. They were built to hold drunks and rogues overnight to allow them to cool off till morning. Take a look at each one as you travel along your heritage tours of the area. 

Try our suggestions for walks and trails to explore the heritage of Leicestershire

Trails and tours

Here are a few ideas for walks and trail to explore where Thomas Cook lived and worked or spot the blue plaques that mark place of interest.




Historic figures from Leicestershire

People from history

Find out which historic characters made history in Leicestershire.




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