King Richard III Visitor Centre

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King Richard III Visitor Centre

King Richard III Visitor Centre
4.5
Speciality Museums • Points of Interest & Landmarks
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
The award-winning King Richard III Visitor Centre is in Leicester city centre, opposite Leicester Cathedral. It has been created around the location where King Richard III's remains were buried for more than 500 years. Using storytelling, design and 21st century technology, visitors can discover the incredible story of the King's life and death, and one of the greatest archaeological detective stories ever told
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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alisdair t
Workington, UK5,554 contributions
Very interesting and informative
Sep 2021
One of the main reasons to visit Leicester.. A very informative history of his life, death, and discovery . There is lots of step by step storyboards, on how he was discovered, and eventually how they proved it was him. I liked the short "video" at the start of the exhibition.... It is rather expensive to get in, but as I am a carer, they offer free entry
Written September 26, 2021
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Martin T
Ottery St. Mary, UK2,492 contributions
HISTORY COMES TO LIFE
Sep 2021
A very modern exhibition entirely related to Richard III whose original burial place in what very much later became a car park forms the climax of the tour. There are comprehensive information boards and exhibits about Richard and the investigatory work that led to the discovery of his remains with video dioramas of some of the important historical players of his time. Allow at least 90 minutes to go round.
Written September 24, 2021
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Julie C
Gosport, England, United Kingdom76 contributions
September 2021
Sep 2021
We were o a UK break and, as we were in the area, thought we would take the opportunity of visiting this centre. So glad we did. It was well laid out, informative and thoroughly enjoyable. Our programme stops us from a longer visit. If we had had awareness we would have visited the tomb in the cathedral, but it closes to visitors at 3 pm so we missed that. We would have liked to have topped off the visit by going to see the tomb.
Written September 21, 2021
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Jacob james
3 contributions
History lovers
Sep 2021
Well worth visiting this place. I always have a passion in history and loved the museum showcases. Will be visiting with my friends.
Written September 21, 2021
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Julie L
Thornbury, UK17 contributions
Beautiful memorial
Sep 2021 • Couples
Fantastic layout, very tastefully done with much consideration for our history and for the king as a human being. Fascinating experience!
Written September 12, 2021
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Thank you for taking the time to review and giving us a five-star review! Regards, Emma
Written September 20, 2021
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Big_Jeff_Leo
St Helens, UK16,377 contributions
Real History brought to life.
Sep 2021
This museum showcases the life of King Richard III and the story of how his remains were discovered in 2012. The centre opened in 2014 on the site of Greyfriars, the medieval friary where the King was originally buried. Located in the very heart of the city, it is easily accessible and just over the road is Tomb of the king. His story is told very well through displays, animations and artifacts. Starting with the lead-up to the Wars of the Roses, your journey ends with his actual burial location, which you can walk over via some glass panels. This really is living history brought to life about a period that had a profound affect on our history. There is also a cafe and gift shop on site.
Written September 7, 2021
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Thanks so much for a great review following your visit. We're really pleased you enjoyed your time with us. Regards, Emma
Written September 20, 2021
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Olwen
1 contribution
Well worth visitng if you enjoy history
Aug 2021
I really like history and have an interest in the Plantagenets. There was a lot of material to be read, which children may find boring. The ground floor didn't really flow very well,. You go into a room with screens and various characters from the period appear and give their viewpoint. You then go into another room, but have to go through the first room again to carry on. The upstairs exhibition had a much better flow to it and the experience of the dig, transfer of his remains to the university for DNA testing and carbon dating was interesting, as was the model of his skeleton and CT scanner. The ticket is good value for money as it lasts for one year. Guide book is worth buying. The day we went there was plenty of room in the cafe, enjoyed sitting out in the courtyard.
Written September 6, 2021
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Thank you for taking the time to review us. We always like to hear what people think about the exhibition and so your comments are gratefully received. Regards, Emma
Written September 20, 2021
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Ricd
London, UK143 contributions
Great exhibition. Very well displayed
Sep 2021
I felt compelled to visit this place due to the amount of positive reviews. I wasn't disappointed. The organisers did a great job. It was so easy and straightforward to follow the route. A lot of information about the historical background (I still get confused by who is who - Edward, Henry, Richard, etc) and using some visually appealing technology to present the importance of Richard III in english history. I finally learned a little bit more about the War of the Roses, Staff was very knowledgeable and polite. This is a fine example and an important lesson of how to present an exhibition!!!
Written September 2, 2021
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So pleased to read that we didn't disappoint! I'm really glad you enjoyed your visit and don't worry, I still get confused about the different Henrys, Edwards and Richards :-) Regards, Emma
Written September 20, 2021
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Duc161
Leigh-on Sea, UK127 contributions
A humbling experience and great visual effects.
Jul 2021
One would start by saying that car parking in Leicester is not entirely straightforward, unless you are familiar with the place. Once we finally managed to find an appropriate place, we had left ourselves a little short on the time front. However, much enjoyed the pageant - a definite must for history buffs, even though even they might find the trail of events and ancestrial intrigue between the warring houses a little difficult to decipher. Certainly thought-provoking to see the hole under the former car park where the last Plantagenet king of England found his penultimate resting place. The tomb itself is in the nearby Cathedral and also worth a look. Very entertaining couple of hours.
Written August 31, 2021
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I'm sorry to read that you had problems with parking in Leicester but heartened to read that it didn't impact on your enjoyment of your visit to us. Thank you for taking the time to review us. Regards, Emma
Written September 20, 2021
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Bliz52
Perth, Australia84 contributions
Clear presentation
Aug 2021
There is a clear presentation in the Visitor centre. The ticket lasts for one year. You can take the tour at your own pace. Staff are helpful.
Written August 31, 2021
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Thank you for taking the time to review us following your visit, and for giving us 5/5! Regards, Emma
Written September 20, 2021
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King Richard III Visitor Centre is open:
  • Sun - Fri 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Sat - Sat 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM