The local area
There are lots of things to do while you’re in Leicester.
We’ve included some ideas below, but if you want more information you can drop into the Visit Leicester Centre on Gallowtree Gate. The expert advisors in the Visit Leicester team can offer a wide range of products and services to help you explore and find your way around the city and beyond.
Discover more of King Richard III’s story and Medieval Leicester
Richard III Walking Trail
Why not try the King Richard III self-guided walking trail? These are available from the Visit Leicester Centre, the Guildhall and the King Richard III Visitor Centre gift shop for 50p or you can download it from the Visit Leicester webpage for free.
Leicester Cathedral sits opposite the visitor centre. Set in the tranquil surroundings of Cathedral Gardens, the Cathedral is home to the final resting place of the King. Find out more.
The Guildhall dates back to medieval times and would have been a building of importance during the time of King Richard III. Find out more here.
Richard III Statue
A bronze statue depicting Richard III was commissioned by the Richard III Society in 1980. It once stood in Castle Gardens, but was recently relocated to Cathedral Gardens, outside of the King Richard III Visitor Centre.
The present Bow Bridge replaced an earlier medieval structure over which King Richard III rode on his way to battle in Bosworth. The present bridge, built in 1861, depicts the white rose of York, the Tudor Rose, Richard’s White Boar emblem and his motto “Loyaulte me lie” (loyalty binds me).
The Magazine Gateway
The gateway, built around 1410, would once have been the entrance to the religious precinct called the Newarke, and was once called the Newarke Gateway. Today it is known as the Magazine Gateway in reference to its use as a gunpowder store during the English Civil War.