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As one of the oldest cities in the UK, there is never a loss as to what to do and see. For example, there’s the Roman baths, industrial artefacts, as well as the newly discovered burial place of Richard III. Paired with a teeming cultural life, Leicester has fantastic array of things to do and see – here are some of our top picks.
Richard III Visitor Centre
A natural number one attraction in Leicester is the King Richard III Visitor Centre, built right next to where the remains of the 15th century king were discovered in 2012. Opened in 2014, the Visitor Centre aims to document King Richard III’s turbulent life and death, as the last king of England to die in battle. The Visitor Centre was built into a former school and Victorian revival building, and blends the old with the new, in its interactive exhibitions and state of the art equipment.
Right across the street from the Visitor Centre lies Leicester Cathedral, another must on the list if you’re interested in King Richard III’s faith. The church, first established around the year 1089, became the king’s final resting place, as he was reinterred here in March 2015. The cathedral in itself is also a beautiful sight with stained glass windows, spectacular interiors, and now the new royal tomb.
National Space Centre
The National Space Centre in Leicester is the largest of its kind in the UK, and therefore the leading attraction for astronomy and space science in the country. The Space Centre is a great destination on a rainy day and offers hours of education, as well as entertaining fun with their numerous galleries, a rocket tower, interactive experiences and the UK’s largest planetarium. If you’re in want of an otherworldly experience, the National Space Centre in Leicester is one of the best options Britain can offer.
New Walk Museum & Art Gallery
The New Walk Museum & Art Gallery was the original museum in Leicester, built in 1849, and displays a little bit of everything you can think of. From cultural and natural history to fine art, this museum has exhibitions on dinosaurs, ancient Egypt, and German expressionism, as well as a Victorian gallery. Admissions are free, and with its variety of artefacts and displays, the New Walk Museum and Art Gallery
is sure to be worth your time.
As the largest outdoor covered market in Europe, Leicester Market, with more than 270 different stalls, is surely worth a visit. The market is mainly a place for the sale of fruit and vegetables but you can also find books, jewellery, clothes and flowers. The market is said to be more than 800 years old and has existed in its current spot for more than 700 years. Leicester Market is open six days a week and is sure to offer anything you
could want right in the heart of the city centre.