Leave the National Space Centre and head to the ruins of Leicester Abbey. Cross Abbey Park and pass the Haymarket Memorial Clock Tower to take in Jewry Wall and the adjacent museum. Tour Leicester Cathedral, visit the old Guildhall and King Richard III Visitor Centre before reaching Leicester Castle. Explore Newarke House Museum and finish at New Walk Museum and Art Gallery.
National Space Centre
It’s out of this world – take a visit to the National Space Centre and tour the galleries, exhibits and interactive displays, the Sir Patrick Moore planetarium and the impressive Rocket Tower.
Wander the ruins of the 12th century Leicester Abbey – home to the grave of Sir Thomas Wolsey. Close by you can discover the recreated Lavender Maze Garden, built on the site of a former rose garden.
The Haymarket Memorial Clock Tower is a famous landmark. Standing 35 ft tall, the memorial was built to commemorate local benefactors to the city.
The remains of the town centre Roman bath house stand over 9m high. You can visit the Jewry Wall Museum and discover the archaeology and the history of the city’s people.
Built on the site of a Roman temple, visitors can enjoy the ornate architecture and stained glass of Leicester Cathedral which also houses a memorial to King Richard III.
Dating back to the 14th century, the timber framed Guildhall is an historic meeting place that has served a number of purposes down the years. Today the Guildhall houses a museum and gallery allowing visitors to explore the medieval history of Leicester.
King Richard III Visitor Centre
The King Richard III Visitor Centre is an award winning attraction that charts the life and times of King Richard III to his death at the 1485 Battle of Bosworth Field and whose body was rapidly interred in Leicester. The skeleton was discovered in excavations of a car park in Leicester in 2012.
Visitors can explore Leicester Castle, which dates back to the 11th century – take a tour to unearth the history of this building which has played a central role in Leicester life through the years.
Newarke Houses Museum
Made up of two houses – Wygston’s Chantry House and Skeffington House, Newarke House Museum and Gardens describes the social history of Leicester and also includes the museum of the Royal Leicestershire Regiment which won battle honours in 1695 at the siege of Namur to 1952 in Korea.
New Walk Museum & Art Gallery
Opened in the mid 19th century, the New Walk Museum and Art Gallery contain a series of attractions, galleries and exhibits relating to the natural and cultural worlds – visit the dinosaurs, the Egyptians and the Picasso Ceramics.