Historic churches in Leicester

Leicester has a history that is rich and diverse, but how do we begin to understand it? Our historic Churches can help us. They are important centres of interest, shedding a fascinating light on particular developments and events over the centuries.

These Churches are here for you to visit them. Come as pilgrims, or come with an interest in religion, architecture, art or history.

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Leicester Cathedral


Leicester Cathedral is situated in the City Centre, close to the Guildhall. With its tall spire, the Cathedral is an important part, not only of Leicester's life and work, but also of the city's skyline.

Bishop Street Methodist Church


Bishop Street Methodist Church a mixed Christian congregation of all ages and from four continents. There is a large 190 year old chapel and a range of rooms for community activities of many sorts.

St Nicholas Church - Leicester


St Nicholas Church dates back to the Anglo-Saxon times and although altered by the Normans and again in the 19th century, it retains examples of Saxon work and re-used Roman bricks can be clearly seen in the walls and the tower.

Great Meeting Unitarian Chapel


Leicester’s Unitarian Chapel, known historically as ‘The Great Meeting’ – was built in 1708. It is the oldest complete brick building in Leicester and one of the most important historic buildings to survive in the city.

Central Baptist Church Leicester


Central is the location for a museum dedicated to the work of the pioneer missionary, William Carey, who was instrumental in the formation of the Baptist Missionary Society. The museum is well worth a visit!

Holy Cross Priory


The Priory of the Holy Cross is home to a large parish in the city centre. We are responsible for the chaplaincies to two universities, Leicester and De Montfort, with the Catholic Chaplaincy based in an annexe to the priory itself.

St Mary de Castro Church


Founded in 1107, St Mary de Castro Church is historically the most important church in the city. It was originally the castle chapel, and where King Henry V1 was knighted in 1426.

Last updated June 2016