We are easy to find – right in the heart of the city centre, adjacent to Leicester Cathedral. Leicester city centre shops, cafes and hotels are easily walkable and the Visitor Centre has excellent transport links.
King Richard III: Dynasty, Death and Discovery.
4A St. Martin’s,
If you’re using a satellite navigation system, please note that the area around the visitor centre is largely pedestrianised. We recommend using the postcode for the Holiday Inn Hotel (LE1 4LF) from which there are several parking options as described below.
Leicester railway station is serviced by East Midlands Railways and CrossCountry. Leicester enjoys good rail links from major cities such as Birmingham, Sheffield and London. For timetables and services, please see the national rail website or Trainline. We are a 10 to 15 minute walk from Leicester city railway station. Walking directions are available on Google Maps.
From the South: Leicester is located just off the M1. From the south, exit the M1 at Junction 21, signposted M69 and Leicester.
Directions from the south are available via Google Maps.
From the North: Leicester is located just off the M1. From the north, exit the M1 at Junction 22 and join the A50.
Directions from the north are available via Google Maps.
Car Parking: Despite King Richard III being known as the car park king, there is no parking available at the Visitor Centre. Long-stay car parks are available nearby at St Nicholas Circle NCP (next to the Holiday Inn, postcode LE1 4LF) and at the Highcross Shopping Centre (accessible from Vaughan Way, postcode LE1 4QJ). Information detailing all public car parks in the city and their charges is available from Leicester City Council. Please note that these car parks are not operated by the Visitor Centre and that use of these parking bays are be subject to the terms and conditions of the car park operator.
Long-term roadworks are currently being carried out in the city centre and we would recommend visitors park in either the NCP at St Nicholas Circle or at Highcross.
Disabled Car Parking: Council-run city centre car parks offer free parking for blue badge holders. These can be found on the council’s car parking web pages.
Leicester offers a shopmobility scheme. Shopmobility is a free loan service providing scooters, powerchairs and wheelchairs and available to anyone who struggles to walk around the city centre. Membership is required in order to use the scheme, however membership is free and the scheme can be used immediately after joining. To become a member you will need two proofs of identity (which include your current address) and two passport sized photographs. You can find out more about the shopmobility scheme on the council’s shopmobility web page.
Park & Ride: There are three park and ride services for the city centre, two of which operate very close to the Visitor Centre, with the third being a short walk away. For more details please visit the Quick Silver bus service website.
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The coach drop-off point for the Visitor Centre is on Southgates, which is a three minute walk from the Visitor Centre entrance and can be seen on the left hand side of the map above.
One of our Visitor Services team will meet groups on their arrival at the Southgates coach drop-off point and escort the group to the Visitor Centre.
Limited on-street parking for coaches is available free of charge in the city centre but spaces must be booked in advance, through the team at Visit Leicester. More information about city centre parking can be found here
On-street parking for coaches is also available on Abbey Park Road. Coaches are also welcome at the National Space Centre on Exploration Road with prior agreement by calling 0116 261 0261. Please note there is a charge of £15.00 per coach to park at the National Space Centre.
We can be easily reached by any of the bus services coming into the city centre. A map of services into Leicester city centre, is available on the Leicester City Council transport and streets website.
For general bus enquiries you can call Traveline on 0871 200 2233 or visit Traveline’s website.
National Express and regional bus services terminate at St. Margaret’s Bus Station, approximately 10 minutes’ walk away. For a full timetable, visit the National Express website.
Walking directions from St. Margaret’s Bus Station are available via Google Maps.
By canal boat:
If you are visiting Leicester safe moorings are available at Castle Gardens. The Visitor Centre is a five minute walk through the Castle Gardens.
Leicester is only a short distance from East Midlands airport (EMA). A number of airlines including BMI, Flybe and Ryanair fly to and from EMA. The Visitor Centre is a 30-minute car journey from the airport. Driving directions from the airport are available via Google Maps.
The Leicester Skylink bus service connects Leicester St. Margaret’s Bus Station with East Midlands Airport in under an hour and operates hourly 24 hours a day. Fares start at £7 adult single, with £14 family return tickets available. Information on timetables, routes and fares are available at www.skylink.co.uk. To find flights into and out of East Midlands airport, please visit the East Midlands airport website. The next nearest airport is Birmingham International (BHX), which is approximately 45 to 60 minutes drive.