King Richard lll Visitor Centre

King Richard lll Visitor Centre

One of the famous landmarks of Leicester is King Richard the lll’s visiting centre. It attracts people from all over the world and is quite an interesting site. 

It basically showcases his life and the entire story of how his remains were discovered in 2012. Due to the worldwide interest in this particular discovery, Leicester City Council decided to convert the Victorian school building into a visiting centre. 

The centre was designed by Paul East and it cost about 4 million pounds to make. It reveals one of the greatest archaeological detective stories ever told and features the first-ever genome sequencing of ancient DNA. 

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Stoneywell (Markfield)

Stoneywell (Markfield)

The Stoneywell cottage is perfect for every occasion, be it a summer house or a family vibe, it fits right in. 

Ernest Gimson designed the cottage; his vision for art and craft manifested into being an international movement of truly British origin. The golden rule, “Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful”, Stoneywell is the epitome of the rule. 

The objects in this cottage are undeniably unique and spare in design. Absolutely nothing is unneeded and the ambience, among the rocky outcrops of the Charnwood Forest make it an enjoyable experience for every visitor. 

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Leicester Abbey

Leicester Abbey

Leicester Abbey’s full name is the Abbey Of St Mary De Paris, meaning the abbey of St Mary of the Meadows. It is also famously the last known resting place of Henry Vlll Lord Chancellor, Cardinal Wolsey. 

The Abbey is situated towards the north - east of medieval Leicester, near River Soar. Abbey Park has a number of beautiful ruins related to the abbey complex and can be seen by visitors till date. 

Leicester Abbey  is one of the most wealthiest religious houses in the country. Unfortunately, all trace of the abbey had disappeared by the 18th century. And it’s only in the 19th and 20th century that the plans of the main buildings were announced through archaeological excavation. 

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Leicester Guildhall

Leicester Guildhall

The Guildhall is about 600 years old and is one of the best - kept, well preserved timber framed halls in the entire country. It’s the oldest historic building in the cit and is still in use. 

When it comes to history, the Guildhall was built in 1390 as the meeting place of the Guild of Corpus Christi; a group of businessmen and gentry who had religious connections.

Visitors are usually observed to be in awe of this structure and how well it still stands out. The funny part about this building is that it was used as a police station between the years 1896 to the 1900’s. As we all know, a police station never really hosts the best cultured people. After that, it was used as a school. The guildhall has been refurbished several times and each time for a different reason.

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Kurby Muxloe Castle

Kurby Muxloe Castle

The Kurby Muxloe Castle is a pleasing structure that fits in perfectly when someone thinks of how a castle should look. This mansion was originally built for Lord Hastings, who was later executed by Richard lll in about 1483.

The moated remains, the fine gatehouse and complete corner tower is worth looking out for in the brick built mansion. The English Heritage have tried their very best to conserve the castle. 

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