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King Richard III Exhibitions in Leicester

Home > News >  King Richard III Exhibitions in Leicester

“Car park king gives Leicester             tourism a welcome boost”












An intense study ensued, with Leicester University's archaeological team playing a pivotal role in this extraordinary project. Their months of work finally culminating in Monday's press conference, confirming beyond reasonable doubt, that the skeleton was indeed that of the infamous monarch. It’s been a momentous week for everyone involved in the project, and an exciting one for the people of Leicester. The findings have begun a nationwide interest in our great city.


Within 5 days following the confirmation, a new exhibition 'Richard III: Leicester's Search for a King' has opened at Leicester's Guildhall and is set to remain for the next six months until a permanent visitor centre is built.


The exhibition, which is free to the public, is expected to attract tourists from all corners of the globe, appealing to anyone with an interest in archaeology, history and the monarchy. But it will also be of particular interest to the people of Leicester themselves. Those of us who have been walking over the burial ground for many years, unknowingly.


A replica skeleton of King Richard III is now on public display in The Guildhall and the exhibits will provide answers to many questions people have about the king. The exhibition involves interactive touch screen tables and 3D models which allow visitors to find out more about the man himself, as well as about the exciting excavation that took place and the scientific evidence that led to the recent confirmation.


Richard III was the last English king to be killed in battle and the site of that battle is also expected to receive an influx of visitors. Bosworth Battlefield & Visitor Centre have now opened a brand new exhibition 'Richard III: The Making of the Myth'  where you can discover more about where Richard fought for his life and lost his crown.


We are now left wondering whether this man really was as tyrannous as Shakespeare portrayed? The recent findings which have rewritten history, mean that we're now in a much better position to piece together the truth behind our infamous King. It's certainly a fascinating story and one that’s likely to intrigue us all for years to come.



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Richard III: Leicester's Search for a King' Exhibition

Friday 8th February -  31st August 2013

The Guildhall, Guildhall Lane, Leicester LE1 5FQ -  0116 253 2569


February Opening Times:

9th & 10th (9am - 5.30pm)

11th  - 15th (10am - 5pm)

16th & 17th (9am - 5.30pm)

18th - 22nd (11am - 4.30pm)

23rd & 24th (10am - 5pm)

25th Feb - 1st March (11.00am - 4.30pm)


March Opening Times & onwards:

2nd & 3rd - (10am - 5pm)

4th March -31st August (daily 11.00am - 4.30pm)



'Richard III: The Making of the Myth' Exhibition

From Friday 8th February 2013

Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre & Country Park

Sutton Cheney, Nr. Market Bosworth, Nuneaton CV13 0AD - 01455 290429

www.bosworthbattlefield.com

The Heritage Centre Opening Hours

November to March - 10.00am to 4.00pm

April to October - 10.00am to 5.00pm



Half Term Activities for Kids at The Guildhall

Guildhall Lane, Leicester LE1 5FQ -  0116 253 2569

Saturday 9th Feb (11am-2pm) - Make a Crown fit for a King. Free drop-in session.

Sunday 10th Feb (11am-2.30pm) - Medieval Marvels. Storytelling for 5-11yr olds. Free drop-in session.

Monday 11th Feb (1.30pm - 3pm) - Make a Pennant and Crown for Richard III. Free drop –in session.

Monday 11th Feb (1.30pm - 4pm) - Medieval Marvels. Storytelling for 5-11 yrs. Free drop-in session.

Tuesday 12th Feb (11am - 3pm) - Medieval Crowns.  Make a jewelled crown, princess cone or jester’s cap. Drop-in session. £2.50 for activities.

Wednesday 13th Feb (11am - 3pm) - Knights & Castles. Make a shield, sword and helmet or create a collage castle. Drop-in session. £2.50 for activities.

Friday 15th Feb (11am - 3pm) Flags, Standards & Coats of Arms. Design your own coat of arms or make a flag or banner. Drop-in session. £2.50 for activities.

Friday 15th Feb (1pm - 4pm) - Medieval Marvels. Storytelling for 5-11 yrs. Free drop-in session.

Saturday 16th Feb (11am - 3pm) - Make a Pennant and Crown for Richard III. Free drop –in session.



Medieval Marvels: Tales of Knights and Daring Deeds

Wednesday 13th February (2pm - 3.30pm)

Leicester Central Library

Be transported into a world filled with Knights and brave deeds by listening to exciting tales of quests and perils. Plus medieval themed activities for children 5 and upwards, must be accompanied by an adult.

Free event, booking is essential as places are limited. Drop into Leicester Central Library or call 0116 299 5401 to book.



Richard lll : The Leicester Connection - Blue Badge Guided Walk

Saturday 9th February (11am)

Saturday 16th February (11am)

Saturday 23rd February (11am)

Saturday 30th March (11am)

Saturday 27th April (11am)

A guided walk around Leicester, departing from Leicester Cathedral, looking at the significant sites including the Bow Bridge, the Newarke, the site of the Blue Boar Inn, the recent excavation site and the new Richard lll exhibition at The Guildhall.

Booking essential, contact 0116 253 2569. £3.50 / £3.00 concession.



Costumed Guided Walks

Tuesdays 12th and 19th February 2013 (11am)

Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre & Country Park

Sutton Cheney, Nr. Market Bosworth, Nuneaton CV13 0AD - 01455 290429

Enjoy the magic and mystery behind the history of Bosworth Battlefield with a walk led by a costumed Guide in full character. Walk departs at 11.00am from the courtyard. Adults £4.50, Child £3.25, Concs. £3.75. Family tickets available.



Kids at Bosworth Day

Wednesdays 13th and 20th February 2013 (11am - 3.00pm)

Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre & Country Park

Sutton Cheney, Nr. Market Bosworth, Nuneaton CV13 0AD - 01455 290429

A days worth of activities to keep the children busy during the half-term break. Includes treacherous tales, fantastic falconry plus arts and crafts at the exhibition.

£12 per child (one accompanying adult free). Booking essential on 01455 290429.



Warriors of Bosworth: A Medieval Arms and Armour Special

Friday 15th, Saturday 16th, Sunday 17th and Monday 18th February 2013 (11am - 3.00pm)

The Heritage Room, Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre & Country Park

Sutton Cheney, Nr. Market Bosworth, Nuneaton CV13 0AD - 01455 290429

Join Les Routiers de Rouen to see how Richard III’s Knights and soldiers were armed for Battle at Bosworth on 22nd August 1485.



Ancient DNA: Dr Turi King, Lecturer in Genetics and Archaeology, University of Leicester

Sunday 17th February (2pm)

The Guildhall, Guildhall Lane, Leicester LE1 5FQ -  0116 253 2569

Find out more about King Richard III’s living relatives and how the complicated work with ancient DNA has been undertaken. With Dr King who led the DNA analysis of the remains found at the Grey Friars excavation.  £3.50. Advance booking recommended 0116 253 2569.



Evening Talk with Richard Buckley: Medieval Leicester and the Search for Richard III

Wednesday 6th March (7pm)

The Guildhall, Guildhall Lane, Leicester LE1 5FQ -  0116 253 2569

Until fairly recently, our knowledge of Leicester in the time of Richard III, in terms of its inhabitants, their work, diet, health and living conditions was extremely patchy.  Recent excavations have provided a wealth of new information and include the investigation of the burial place of the King himself in the church of the Greyfriars. Booking essential. Call The Guildhall on 0116 253 2569. £3.50 (includes tea/coffee).



The Search for Richard III: Mathew Morris, University of Leicester Archaeological Services

Sunday 17th March (2pm)

The Guildhall, Guildhall Lane, Leicester LE1 5FQ -  0116 253 2569

Hear the Site Director of the recent Grey Friars excavation talk about the archaeology of medieval Leicester and the Search for King Richard III. £3.50. Call 0116 253 2569 to book.



The Battle of Bosworth Trail

Throughout the Year

Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre & Country Park

Sutton Cheney, Nr. Market Bosworth, Nuneaton CV13 0AD - 01455 290429

Bosworth Battlefield is home to a new trail which invites you to discover the Battle of Bosworth whilst enjoying breath-taking views. The trail comprises of a 1.25 mile (2.2km) walk with audio and visual interpretation about the battle and surrounding area.



The Battle of Bosworth Anniversary Event

17-18th August 2013

Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre & Country Park

More details on this event will be announced soon.



There’ll be even more to come throughout the year so keep your eyes peeled.







The astonishing discovery of what was thought to be King Richard III's remains, found under a council car park in the Greyfriars area of Leicester has literally been the talk of the town. And the country for that matter. This is one of the biggest archaeological discoveries for decades and signals exciting times for Leicester’s tourism industry.


It appeared to be a long shot, although all the signs were there. A skeleton with a curved spine suggesting scoliosis. An ‘R’ painted on the tarmac right above the remains. It all seemed a bit too good to be true.


For months we waited with bated breath; with obvious scepticism, but also with hope. Could it really be him? When will we find out? How will we know for sure? And what will this mean for the city of Leicester?

Reconstructed face of King Richard III

The Guildhall & Leicester Cathedral

The Skull of King Richard III

Bosworth Battlefield