The Visitor Centre at Bosworth offers interactive displays and a detailed exhibition, along with an interesting film explaining the events of the battle.
There is also a replica medieval village, and mock battles and tournaments are held here at various times
This church has strong historical links to Richard the third, it is apparently where he heard his last mass before being killed at the battle of Bosworth, just down the road.
It is indeed an old building, quite small, well worth a visit, and still a working church.
If you look carefully at the ground on the left of the path leading to the church from the gate, you can just make out a small hollow that would have been the local pond for fish.
Bradgate Park is a historical site as it contains the ruins of the house Lady Jane Grey grew up in. The ruins are open for inspection at times.
Bradgate Park is also a very popular outing for local people to come with the family and walk off the excesses of xmas lunch etc.
The park is a lovely place to visit, the deer roam freely, you can walk for miles, stroll the river, and have a cuppa if you wish
The ancient church of St. Mary de Castro is sited within what once was the bailey of Leicester castle. It is a fascinating example of how church architecture has changed over the centuries, and is also where Geoffrey Chaucer was married.
It's taken me ages to get round to going inside but I was pleasantly surprised by this small cathedral (it was only declared a cathedral in 1927, so was not purpose-built).
There's been a church on site for about a thousand years (since 1086), dedicated to Saint Martin. You can see just a tiny part of that original church (see photo) but a lot more of the later Medieval building, including some rather wonderful figures depicting the various woes and ailments to which we are all subject (see my cathedral travelogue). And there's a great deal of later restoration work and Victorian interference as well.
Nevertheless there are some points of interest (apart from the ailing figures):
1. A memorial slab to King Richard lll in front of the altar. He was slain at the Battle of Bosworth nearby in 1485 and remains the only English king to die in battle. His body was buried at Greyfriars church but local legend has it that during the reign of Henry Vll it was dug up and thrown into the river Soar which flows through the city.
2. Some rather intricate coloured gravestones displayed in St Catherine's chapel belonging to the Herrick family.
3. A few remaining Medieval heads carved as arch supports...these are always fascinating, for the stonemasons took them from life. They are likenesses of real local people from that time.
4. Some rather lovely carved stone angels supporting the roof trusses. Each one is different. The roof itself has been painted as it would have been in Medieval times (as have the ailing figures) which is very pleasing.
5. A Medieval copy of the 'Adoration of the Lamb' by the Van Eycks (the original is in Gent, Belgium).
6. A tiny but exquisite Medieval Russian icon (at present...I don't know why it was on display and am unsure as to whether is is always in the cathedral).
So...a small place, with no real desire to impress by its grandeur, but still worth seeking out for a visit.
This beautiful old church is located next to the Castle Hall. It was founded in 1107 by Robert de Beaumont after he'd been granted the castle by King Henry.
Inside the church is a stunning oak ceiling with exquisite woodcarvings. The spire was added in 1400 and replaced after being damaged in 1783.
The church has a notable history, rumours say that Geoffrey Chaucer was married here in 1336. In 1426 as a small boy King Henry VI was knighted within the castle walls.
The church is said to be haunted and 'ghost walks' are held here.
The original church was built some 900 years ago by the Normans. It was rebuilt and enlarged between the 13th and 15th centuries and became the Civic Church. In Victorian times it was restored and a 220ft spire added. In 1927 the building became a Cathedral.
Built in about 1390 the Guildhall is one of the best preserved timber framed halls in the country. It's had many uses and lives such as a meeting place for the Corporation of Leicester, library, Mayor's Parlour, courtroom and Town Hall.
After a renovation programme it was opened to the public as a museum in 1926. Today it's best known as a performance venue, it attracts acts from all over the country.
The Jewry Wall Museum contains archaeological collections of Leicester's history from Prehistoric, Roman and Medieval times.
In the grounds you'll find one of Leicester's most famous landmarks, the Jewry Wall. It's part of the Roman towns public baths and is considered to be one of the tallest surving pieces of Roman masonary in the UK.
The museum is free to enter.
The gardens were the original site of Leicester Castle, all that remains in them today is the large mound it was built on. They are situated between the Castle Hall and the canal.
A few minutes walk from the city centre the 4 acre gardens are a peaceful place to relax. There's a rock garden, lawns, flower beds and a landing site for canal boats. Also in the gardens is a statue of Richard III, this commemorates his burial nearby following the Battle of Bosworth.
Leicester Market goes back over 700 years and is Europe's largest covered market. The market has over 300 stalls selling food produce, flowers, clothes, fabric and bric a brac. This lively and busy market is an enjoyable place to explore.
This local museum consists of two historic houses, the Wygston's Chantry House and the Skeffington House. Inside are exhibits on local Leicester life, from the Middle Ages to the recent past. This is a great place to learn about those who came before us.
Robert de Beaumont founded this church in 1107, after a land grant from the King. The name means "Mary of the Castle." Legend has it that Geoffrey Chaucer (author of the Canterbury Tales) was married here in 1336. King Henry VI was knighted here. Another well-known story concerns the "bogeywoman", also called Black Annis. Local ghost walks will tell you the whole story.
This museum is built next to Roman ruins that date back about 2,000 years. The ruins were once Roman baths. No one knows where the name "Jewry Wall" originated, but apparently it has nothing to do with Jewish people. The museum contains many Roman artifacts. This is Leiscester's one must-see attraction.
The Guildhall is open most days and also open occasionally at night for Ghost Hunts. Went on one of these and it was very entertaining although I didn't actually see anything. Others saw stuff and one girl claimed to be possessed! Alledgedly things have happened there such as people being pushed down the stairs and clinking of chains as well as a vortex. Most Haunted have been as well.