Leicester Cathedral

Top choice in The Midlands & the Marches

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 nearby. Look too for the striking carvings on the cathedral's roof supports.

One-hour guided tours (adult/child £5/free) take place at 11.30am and 2.30pm from Monday to Friday. On Saturday, 30-minute King Richard III tours (adult/child £3/free) depart on the hour from 11am to 4pm.

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2. Guildhall

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

3. St Nicholas Church

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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.

4. Jewry Wall Museum

0.19 MILES

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…

5. Magazine

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The most impressive chunk of Leicester Castle's remaining masonry is the monumental gateway known as the Magazine, once a storehouse for cannonballs and…

6. St Mary de Castro

0.21 MILES

Geoffrey Chaucer married Philippa de Roet in 1366 at this Norman church in the former bailey of Leicester Castle.

7. Newarke Houses Museum

0.22 MILES

Sprawling over two 16th-century mansions, this entertaining museum details the lifestyle of locals through the centuries. Don't miss the walk-through…

8. Great Hall

0.22 MILES

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…