Attractions to visit in Leicester
On the edge of the National Forest lies Leicester, tenth largest city in Britain. As one of the oldest towns in the UK, there is never a loss as to what to do and see.
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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.
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.
A listed timer building dating as far back as the 1390s, the Guildhall in Leicester has served as a city hall, meeting place and courtroom. The Guildhall was the original home of Britain’s third oldest library, and has been the site of many historical debates and events, especially during the English Civil War in the 17th century. The building is today both a museum and a performance venue, and it was in this place that the press conference announcing the find of Richard III’s remains was held in 2012.
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