Heritage trails in Leicester and Leicestershire

Let us help you plan your visit. Click the links below for trails that will make suggestions of places to visit, where to eat and where to stay overnight.


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.

Guided walks

Take a guided walk to explore more of our city and county. Explore more about King Richard III and the sites that can tell a part of his story.

Guided walk

Blue Badge guides organise walks throughout the year across the destination.

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The Arts and Crafts Movement was an international ideology in the decorative and fine arts, formed by a group of artists, designers and social campaigners in the late 19th century. CottageIt flourished in Europe and America between 1880-1910, focused on a return to well-made, handcrafted goods and was one of the most important and influential styles of the 20th century.

Leicester-born architect and designer, Ernest Gimson was one of the leading lights in this style and together with family members and colleagues, was responsible for some of the most iconic architecture in Leicestershire including Abbey Pumping Station, Leicester Town Hall, The Belmont Hotel, New Walk Museum and Art Gallery, Charnwood Museum and Stoneywell Cottage, acquired and re-opened by the National Trust in 2013.

A new guide has been produced that highlights of a number of sites and places to visit in Leicestershire, related to the Arts and Crafts Movement.

Arts and crafts movement


Explore Ernest Gimson's holiday home, arts and crafts inspired furniture and examples of Gimson's engineering projects

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Local industrial heritage


Explore the villages where your ancestors lived and worked. Industries that made our area prosper include mining, limeworking, hosiery and more.

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Wings, wheels and waterways

Jet plane

Transport has played an important role in our area over the years - visit some of the canals, railways and aviation museums that tell the story.

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Fashion heritage

Fashion exhibition

Exhibitions, walking trails, statues and places of notable interest tell the story of over 350 years of fashion heritage in Leicester and Leicestershire

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Melton heritage trail


This heritage trail will show you a thousand years of history including the places and people that made the town what it is today

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Great Central Railway corridor

Train station

The Great Central Railway boasts four stations on its eight mile railway. Hop on and off and explore each location.

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Castle and battles


Explore the history of battles that have taken place in Leicestershire and north Northamptonshire

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Church trails

Stained glass

Explore some of the oldest churches in Leicester city and visit one of our county churches during your visit to Leicestershire

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Last updated June 2017