Leicester Castle and Castle Gardens, Leicester

Leicester Castle and Castle Gardens, Leicester (must see)

Leicester Castle is situated west of the city center, between Saint Nicholas Circle to the north and De Montfort University to the south. The castle was probably built around 1070 (soon after the Norman Conquest in 1066). The remains now consist of a mound, along with ruins. Originally the mound was 40 ft (12.2 m) high. Kings sometimes stayed at the castle. John of Gaunt and his second wife Constance of Castile both died here in 1399 and 1394 respectively. Eventually, however, the castle was used mainly as a courthouse, rather than a residence. A section of the castle wall adjacent to the Turret Gateway has gun loops that were poked through the medieval wall to use as firing ports by the city's residents when parliamentarian Leicester was besieged, captured, and ransacked by the royalist army in the 1640s during the English civil war. The Castle Gardens are located along the bank of the canal.

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Sight Name: Leicester Castle and Castle Gardens
Sight Location: Leicester, England
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) containing this sight: Historical Tour of Leicester  

Walking Tours in Leicester, England

Create Your Own Walk in Leicester

Create Your Own Walk in Leicester

Creating your own self-guided walk in Leicester is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Architectural Tour of Leicester

Architectural Tour of Leicester

The most interesting architectural buildings in Leicester can be observed in the central part of the city. The historical architecture of Leicester is very diverse and reflects a variety of styles. The city experienced an explosion of growth during Queen Victoria’s reign (1837-1901), which explains the predominance of the Victorian style of architecture. Stroll along the main streets of the city...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Part of England’s East Midlands region, the city of Leicester made history in 2015 as a new burial site of King Richard III in Leicester Cathedral, in place for over 900 years. Other than the king’s life and death, there are other attractions in Leicester worthy of attention. To check them out, use this self-guided walk and learn more about the past and present of Leicester in its variety!

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 km
Museums and Galleries Tour of Leicester

Museums and Galleries Tour of Leicester

Leicester is the industrial center of the Midlands and has a rich heritage. A number of museums and galleries offer visitors a fascinating look into the history, culture and development of Leicester. Some venues are free of charge and are sponsored by the local government. Take this tour to enjoy Leicester's most notable museums and galleries.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.7 km
Places of Worship Tour of Leicester

Places of Worship Tour of Leicester

Leicester is a multicultural city that supports a variety of religious communities. Next to Christian churches you can find mosques and Buddhist temples. Virtually every established faith is represented in Leicester. Explore Leicester's most notable places of worship and learn more about the cultural and religious life of the city on this tour.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.1 km
Tour of Leicester's Southfields

Tour of Leicester's Southfields

The southern area of Leicester is known as Southfields. This section of the city is home to a number of Leicester's significant landmarks, parks and memorials. Take this tour to learn more about Leicester's charming Southfields District.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 km
Tour of Northern Leicester

Tour of Northern Leicester

Northern Leicester is an area packed with interesting sights. Here you will find a fabulous array of historical attractions, museums and parks. Take this tour to visit the best Northern Leicester has to offer!

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.4 km