Historical Tour of Leicester, Leicester

Leicester is a city in the East Midlands of England with a rich past. Valuable historical monuments in Leicester are under the special protection of the local government and are the pride of the city. Take this historical tour of central Leicester and learn about the city's medieval history.
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Historical Tour of Leicester Map

Guide Name: Historical Tour of Leicester
Guide Location: England » Leicester (See other walking tours in Leicester)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.8 km
Author: Ella
Haymarket Memorial Clock Tower

1) Haymarket Memorial Clock Tower (must see)

The Haymarket Memorial Clock Tower is a major landmark and popular meeting point in Leicester. It is located roughly in the middle of the area inside the ring-road, and is at the point where five major streets (Gallowtree Gate, Humberstone Gate, Belgrave Gate, Church Gate and Eastgates) meet, and also close by to the junction with Cheapside. The Clock Tower is the de rigueur meeting place in the city centre.

The Clock Tower was constructed in 1868. It was built mostly in Ketton stone with a...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Leicester Market

2) Leicester Market (must see)

Leicester Market is located on Market Place just south of the clock tower. It is open Monday to Saturday and has over 270 stalls. It is around 800 years old but was moved to its current site around 700 years ago. It is the largest outdoor covered market in Europe. At the market you can find a wide variety of goods, particularly fruit and vegetables, but also flowers, clothes, second-hand books, bric-a-brac and jewelry. The indoor market (1973) is housed in a multi-level building and includes the...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
The Guildhall

3) The Guildhall (must see)

The Guildhall in Leicester is a Grade I listed timber framed building, with the earliest part dating from circa 1390. The Guildhall once acted as the town hall for the city until the current one was commissioned in 1876. Although some parts are earlier, the majority of the building dates from the 15th century. It is located in the old walled city, on a street now known as Guildhall Lane. It was used first as the meeting place for the Guild of Corpus Christi and then later for the more formal...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
St. Nicholas' Church

4) St. Nicholas' Church

St Nicholas' Church is an Anglican parish church and the oldest place of worship in Leicester. It is situated next to the Jewry Wall, the remnant of the city's Roman baths. Parts of the church date back to 880 A.D., and a recent architectural survey suggested possible Roman building work. Today, the church lies just outside the city's inner ring road. Despite being some distance from the campus, it is the official church of the University of Leicester. The organ was built in 1890...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Jewry Wall Museum

5) Jewry Wall Museum (must see)

The Jewry Wall is believed to be the remaining wall of the public baths of Roman Leicester along with foundations of the baths, which are laid out in front of the wall. The wall is nearly 2,000 years old and is a rare example of Roman walling. It is the second largest piece of surviving civil Roman building in Britain. The Jewry Wall would have been the wall separating the gymnasium from the cold room. The remains of the baths were excavated in the 1930s by Dame Kathleen Kenyon and date from...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Church of Mary de Castro

6) Church of Mary de Castro

St. Mary de Castro (meaning St. Mary of the Castle) is an ancient church located near Leicester Castle. Today it acts as a parish church in the Church of England's diocese of Leicester. It dates its founding to 1107 when Henry I of England took the lands and castle from a rebellious owner and granted them instead to Robert de Beaumont, although some legends say that a Saxon church of St. Mary had existed before the Norman Conquest. It was rebuilt in the 1180s and has since undergone...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Leicester Castle and Castle Gardens

7) Leicester Castle and Castle Gardens (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...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Magazine Gateway

8) Magazine Gateway

The Magazine Gateway was built in 1410 and is one of Leicester's top attractions. It once served as an entrance to the Castle of Leicester, although it never had doors. The Gateway was principally ceremonial and was meant to impress visitors to the city. It also was the entrance to the Newark District, which was one of the best places in Leicester to live, as residents of this district could avoid...   view more

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.
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: 7.2 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
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
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 and enjoy Leicester's splendid architectural display on this tour.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 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 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