Church of St. Mary de Castro

Church of St. Mary de Castro, Leicester

Church of St. Mary de Castro

Church of St. Mary de Castro
4.5
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Monday
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Tuesday
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Wednesday
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Thursday
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Friday
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Saturday
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
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mouseHerts
Herts1,553 contributions
A mixture of old and relatively new
Dec 2019
This is a wonderful church, part of which was the castle chapel. Over the years it has been extended and reconfigured. It is very beautiful inside, with stunning stained glass windows and many memorials on the walls and floors. It is believed that Richard III’s body rested here before being buried.
Written December 11, 2019
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Natalie H
103 contributions
Beautiful and Tranquil
Nov 2019
We passed this little gem thinking it was not open, but thankfully saw a sign to the contrary.

It is so beautiful and the lady and gentleman who were there were so lovely too. While we were there, there was light music playing and it added to the atmosphere. a true hidden gem.
Written November 24, 2019
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Adam B
Stoke-on-Trent, UK38 contributions
Beautiful church with a rich and fascinating history - a really special place
Sep 2019
Visited here on Saturday 28th September. Visiting times state it is open on weekends 2-4pm but it was open before then so probably from 12pm onwards.

A gentleman was on hand who offered to answer any queries. I was informed this was Richard III's church whenever he visited Leicester which he did on numerous occasions and it is highly likely to be the church he would have prayed in before Bosworth. It has a fascinating architecture being almost two churches in one with the tower actually built inside. There was quiet music on in the background which really added to the peaceful, deeply historical ambience.

Geoffrey Chaucer was married here and a young King Henry VI was knighted within the church walls in 1426.

Well worth a visit if you are in the area.
Written September 30, 2019
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MLGeogLeics
Wigston, UK1,116 contributions
Lovely church in the old city
Feb 2019 • Family
Part of the attractions of the old part of Leicester city centre, by the castle, Great Hall and Newarke Houses - combined together this is a part of Leicester that too few people venture to explore. The stonework was undergoing maintenance work when we visited, and there was limited access, but we will return when the work is done.
Written February 21, 2019
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JanefromSomerset
Wells, UK181 contributions
Beautiful little church.
Nov 2018 • Solo
A lovely little church with a great history. Hopefully you will get to see a guide to ensure that you make the most of it.
Written November 30, 2018
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Mark S
19 contributions
Historic Site
Aug 2018 • Couples
What a beautiful church in a lovely setting with history all around, castle gardens and the canal are a stones throw away
Written August 22, 2018
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OptareD
Oswestry, UK19 contributions
Stunning church
Jun 2018 • Friends
We were lucky to encounter a friendly volunteer who was happy for us to look around even though he was about to close (2pm to 4pm opening).

He was very informative and despite it being closing time he showed us a few hidden gems and let us take our time in the church.

It's a beautiful building that mainly dates from the Norman times but has been altered and added to over the years.

Can never have too many visits here!
Written June 17, 2018
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bennynobrain
Derby, UK1,786 contributions
Gem of a Church
May 2018 • Friends
Fabulous little church in the oldest part of Leicester De Castro means of the Castle.
Luckily we went at 12.30 which meant we had an hour and a half to go round . Staffed by volunteers who said it was usually open between 12 and 2 pm. Interesting that three side of the tower is within the church . I think it may be two churches in one ,. Some lovely features including Sedilias, ( stone seats for clergy ) . Another highlight is the richly carved 13th century font, with small heads and winged figures decorating the font bowl and a lock on the top to stop witches stealing the Holy Water . The church began in AD 1107 as a chapel for the castle, founded by Robert de Beaumont, Earl of Leicester.
Written May 12, 2018
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Robin W
Leicester, UK43 contributions
Visit the Church where King Richard 111 prayed before the Battale of Bosworth
Dec 2017 • Couples
This is one of the historical churches of Leicester situated within Leicester Castle the oldest part of the city and most interesting for anyone who loves English history. The church itself is Anglo Catholic and it is full of beautiful things worthy of any cathedral both services and concerts take place here take your time exploring this magnificent building. Also visit St Nicholas Church nearby perched near the Jewry Wall once part of a Roman Bathhouse and the church is a must visit for anyone interested in Richard 111.Highly recommended..
Written January 2, 2018
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MidlandsTraveller
Leicester, UK579 contributions
Wonderful standing Norman arches
Oct 2017 • Friends
In my view a more interesting visit than Leicester Cathedral. Within the old castle site and steeped in history. The Norman church has been incorporated into the later structure with an impressive series of arches along the side of the nave. There is a good guide leaflet and free entry.
Opening hours are limited to lunchtime - check with a look at the website before going there.
A walk around the old castle precincts that surround the church, next to the river (about 10 minutes walk away from the modern city centre) is well worthwhile. Not many tourists visit this area - perhaps being put off by the ring road and 60's concrete building that you have to pass through to get to this lovely area of Leicester City.
Written October 22, 2017
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Church of St. Mary de Castro is open:
  • Sun - Sun 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Mon - Fri 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  • Sat - Sat 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM