Visitor Centre celebrates first birthday

The King Richard III Visitor Centre will be celebrating its first birthday this weekend and since opening on 26th July 2014, has welcomed 81,627 visitors, with a further 3,000 visitors attending corporate events.

Iain Gordon, Visitor Centre Director said: “We have been thrilled with the response to the Centre over the past year.

“We tell an incredible story at the Visitor Centre and the team have really enjoyed sharing that story with so many people from all over the world, as well as many local residents. It is due largely to the efforts of the team that we have received so much positive feedback.

“As well as tourists and local visitors, we are gaining momentum as an attraction and developing a good reputation within the schools and groups market, who generally plan visits well in advance and are now visiting in increasing numbers.

“The Centre has won a number of national and international awards in both tourism and architecture sectors, with Lonely Planet naming us one of the world’s hottest new experiences in 2015.”

Leicester City Mayor Peter Soulsby said: “When this stunning building was first purchased, we didn’t yet know for sure if the remains discovered nearby were indeed those of King Richard.

“The subsequent transformation from derelict grammar school to cutting edge visitor centre was astonishing, and it is now a real landmark in the city’s cathedral quarter.

“I’m delighted that it has proven to be so successful, which is a credit to the trust which run it, and the staff who help ensure the tens of thousands of visitors who have passed through its doors have had a truly memorable experience.”

Martin Traynor, Chairman of the King Richard III Visitor Centre Board of Trustees commented: “The Board are very pleased with the results from the Visitor Centre during its first year of operation.

“Visitor numbers are a key business measure but it is equally as important to recognise and acknowledge the Centre’s other achievements. The Visitor Centre is essentially a start-up business and to be profitable within the first eight months of operation is outstanding. This can be attributed to its immediate popularity and the unparalleled coverage in the media, particularly during reinterment however, the good retail offering has also played a big part in this. Also contributing is the development of the Centre as a venue for corporate entertainment and conferences.

“As a Board, we are very optimistic about the future development of the Centre.”

Last updated September 2015