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King Richard III Visitors Centre

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.

Getting there

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.

King Richard the third Visitors Centre Entrance and Admission Sign

Ticket Prices and Opening Times

Ticket prices (correct May 2020)

Adult (16 years and over) – Β£9.25

Children (5-15) – Β£4.75

Family (2 adults and 2 children) – Β£23

Seniors and Concessions – Β£8.30

All tickets are valid for a year so we can return as many times as you like within the year.

Opening times:

Monday to Friday and Sunday 10am-4pm

Saturdays 10am-5pm

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.

Dynasty

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.

King Richard III Visitors Centre Entrance exhibit. Features a throne in the centre of a room with images project to a screen behind. Images explaining Richards early life

King Richard III Visitors Centre Dynasty Section explain how Richard came to be King

Death

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.

King Richard III Visitors Centre Dynasty section describes the battle of battleworth and King Richards Death

Discovery

Learn all about the fascinating discovery of King Richard’s skeleton some 527 years after his death…..under a carpark!

King Richard III Visitor Centre Discovery section details the discovery of his skeleton under a carpark in 2012

King Richard III Visitor Centre discovery section. Image shows replica of King Richard skeleton

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.

King Richards actual grave site in now covered with a glass walkway

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.

Murder Mystery and Mayhem section detals War of the Roses in more detail

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!

King Richard Visitors Centre Wild Boar Cafe

King Richard III Visitors Centre Gift Shop

King Richard III Visitors items from gift shop

Final procession

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.

Leicestershire Cathedral and image of King Richard III tombstone

We would absolutely recommend a visit to the King Richard III Visitors Centre if you are are visiting Leicestershire.

What’s nearby

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.

Leicester Guildhall Hall

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