The county of Leicestershire has a wealth of history and amazing stories to tell. None more famous than that of King Richard III.
The King Richard III Visitors Centre opened in 2014 and is dedicated to telling the story of King Richards life, death and his discovery some 527 years later.
Located inside a stunning Victorian Gothic revival building, once home to a school. The building is located next door to the carpark where King Richard was discovered in 2012. It seems a perfect place to house such history.
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The centre website has a very comprehensive guide to accessing the centre.
The museum is located in the pedestrian quarter of Leicesters old town. There is parking reasonably nearby and it’s an easy walk.
Ticket Prices and Opening Times
Ticket prices (correct May 2020)
Adult (16 years and over) – £9.25
Children (5-15) – £4.75
Family (2 adults and 2 children) – £23
Seniors and Concessions – £8.30
All tickets are valid for a year so we can return as many times as you like within the year.
Monday to Friday and Sunday 10am-4pm
To What to Expect
Split over two floors the museum is divided into three areas – dynasty, death and discovery. State of the art projections and graphics, interactive screens and sound bites are used to tell the story of King Richard III.
This area tells the story of Richards early years against the backdrop of civil unrest and the War of the Roses and his rise to the throne in 1483 which fraught with conspiracy theories and accusations of murder.
There is focus of the infamous story of the Princes in tower.
Tells the story of Henry Tudor and how he sought to overthrow Richard and plotted against him from his base in Brittany. Learn about how Richard was betrayed by one of his own noblemen, eventually leading to his death.
Learn all about the fascinating discovery of King Richard’s skeleton some 527 years after his death…..under a carpark!
The Grave of King Richard lll
The centre is separated into two areas by the main foyer. One side is main the musuem and the other is the actual grave site of King Richard III. This is a fascinating and modern room that has a unique ceiling feature pointing towards his resting place.
Murder, Mystery and Mayhem
A exhibition that chronicles in more detail the War of the Roses. Long considered one of the most turbulent and complex periods in English history.
Cafe and Gift Shop
You can grab a bite to eat at the on site Wild Boar Cafe, which serves a range of hot and cold drinks as well as light meals. There is also a small gift shop in the main foyer which has some great souvenirs including King Richard Top Trumps!
The centre sits in the shadow of the stunning Leicester Cathedral. This is where Richard was finally interned in 2015. You can visit the cathedral as part of your tour.
We would absolutely recommend a visit to the King Richard III Visitors Centre if you are are visiting Leicestershire.
Whilst your there why not visit the Guildhall. An exquisite timber framed building next to the cathderal that dates back 600 years. Entry is free and there are many curiosities to explore in this amazing piece of medieval history.
If you are visit Leicestershire we highly recommend a visit to the King Richard III Visitors Centre.
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Disclosure – we were kindly gifted tickets to the visitors centre in return for a honest review.
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