History

Leicester is one of the oldest cities in England, with a history going back at least two millennia.

The historical figure most closely associated with the city is of course King Richard III who was buried here in 1485 after being killed at the Battle of Bosworth. The King's grave was lost for centuries until 2012 when University of Leicester archaeologists found him underneath a city centre car park. King Richard now lies in Leicester Cathedral, where you can visit his tomb before going across the road to the King Richard III Visitor Centre which tells the amazing story of his discovery.

But there is more to Leicester than one deceased monarch. We have some of the finest Roman remains in Britain, including amazing mosaics and Jewry Wall, one of the largest surviving pieces of Roman architecture in the UK

If Victorian engineering is your thing, you’ll want to explore Leicestershire’s two steam heritage railways, the Battlefield Line and the Great Central Railway, and visit Abbey Pumping Station, the only place in the world where three beam engines operate together. Or if you prefer canals, check out the unique chain of ten locks at Foxton Locks.