Leicester attractions

Top Choice Museum in Leicester

King Richard III: Dynasty, Death & Discovery

Built following the incredible 2012 discovery and 2013 DNA testing of King Richard III's remains, Leicester's high-tech King Richard III visitor centre encompasses three fascinating sections. Dynasty explores his ri…
Top Choice Cathedral in Leicester

Leicester Cathedral

Pride of place at this substantial medieval cathedral goes to the contemporary limestone tomb atop the vault where the remains of King Richard III were reburied in 2015, following the discovery of his skeleton nearb…
Museum in Leicester

National Space Centre

Although British space missions usually launch from French Guiana or Kazakhstan, Leicester's space museum is a fascinating introduction to the mysteries of the spheres. The ill-fated 2003 Beagle 2 mission to Mars wa…
Ruins in Leicester

Leicester Castle

Scattered around the Newarke Houses Museum are the ruins of Leicester's medieval castle, where Richard III spent his final days before the Battle of Bosworth. The monumental gateway known as the Magazine was once a …
Museum in Leicester

Jewry Wall Museum

This museum exploring the history of Leicester from Roman times to the modern day was undergoing renovations at the time of writing, and is expected to reopen to the public in spring 2019. In front of the museum is …
Museum in Leicester

New Walk Museum & Art Gallery

Highlights of this grand Victorian museum include the dinosaur galleries, the painting collection (with works by Turner and Degas), ceramics by Picasso, and the Egyptian gallery, where real mummies rub shoulders wit…
Museum in Leicester

Newarke Houses Museum

Sprawling over two 16th-century mansions, this entertaining museum details the lifestyle of locals through the centuries. Don't miss the walk-through recreation of a WWI trench, and the trophies of the Royal Leicest…
Church in Leicester

St Nicholas Church

Dating from c 900, St Nicholas is Leicester's oldest place of worship, and incorporates tiles and masonry from Leicester's Roman baths. Hours can vary.
Historic Building in Leicester

Guildhall

Leicester's perfectly preserved 14th-century guildhall, one of England's finest, is reputed to be the city's most haunted building.
Historic Building in Leicester

Great Hall

Clad in Georgian brickwork, the 12th-century Great Hall stands behind a 15th-century gate near the church of St Mary de Castro. Once used as a crown court, the 2017-restored hall retains Gothic Victorian furniture, …