Leicester Cathedral

Leicester Cathedral

Leicester Cathedral
4.5
Historic Sites • Religious Sites
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Wednesday
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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Welcome to Leicester Cathedral - a beating heart for City and County and the final resting place of King Richard III. Join us for Advent and Christmas services and events. Our Leicester Cathedral Revealed project is under way, and the extensive building works inside and out mean we need to vacate the building from 3 January 2022 until autumn 2023. For more information, visit: http://leicestercathedral.org/leicester-cathedral-is-moving-out
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Geoff H
Cranbrook, UK12,315 contributions
Jun 2021
Situated at the heart of Leicester in Leicester's Old own and built on the site of Roman ruins, Leicester Cathedral is dedicated to St Martin of Tours, a 4th century Roman officer who became a Bishop. This is a building well worth visiting and, although the building you see today is mainly Victorian, parts of it date back to a 12th century Norman church, which was rebuilt in the 13th and 15th centuries. The tower and 220 foot high spire were rebuilt in the 1860s. In 1927, St Martin's Church, as it was then called, was dedicated as Leicester's Cathedral following the establishment of a new Diocese of Leicester in 1926. Entry to the Cathedral is from the Cathedral Gardens, which include a statue of King Richard III, and through the Vaughan Porch and its statues. A clearly marked one way system is then followed which takes you round the Cathedral. Leicester Cathedral has four chapels, each of which is dedicated to a different saint. St Dunstan's and St Kathrine's side chapels are occasionally used for services. After St Dunstan's Chapel is the East Window which was installed as a monument to those who died in World War I. In St Kathrine's Chapel there is an interesting epitaph to Mary Heyrich. St George's Chaple, at the west end, is dedicated to the armed services and contains memorials to those of the Leicestershire Regiment killed in battle. There is an interesting oak chest new to exit. Believed to be from the 15th century, it is said to have originated in Wales. Ut has three locks, each of which could only be opened by its own key held by the Church Wardens, which meant that the chest could only be opened when the three Wardens were together. It is possible that the chest was used to store documents, books and church plate. But possibly the most important thing in the Cathedral is the Tomb of King Richard III, the last English monarch to die in battle. Before lockdowm, hundreds of people a year visited Leicester Cathedral primarily to see this artefact.
Written July 18, 2021
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Bliz52
Perth, Australia86 contributions
Aug 2021
The cathedral staff are very welcoming. Volunteers are very informed and willing to share their expertise. The is no charge but you are encouraged to pay a small amount and it is worth it. The tomb of Richard III is beautifully simple.
Written August 30, 2021
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mummilyn
Bedford, UK34 contributions
Oct 2021
We travelled to Leicester to see the Richard 3rd museum and a visit to the Cathedral to visit his tomb. The Cathedral is smaller than expected so the tomb takes pride of place and there are many displays referring to Richard 3rd which makes it an interesting tour. The attendants are very knowledgeable and we particularly enjoyed our discussion with a lady about the Windows by Thomas Denny, dedicated to the life of the King.
Written October 19, 2021
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George P
Glyfada, Greece114 contributions
Sep 2021
Enormous and imposing, the Cathedral is a must-see when you visit Leicester.
The people inside are extremely polite, a map is offered for all the things that you ought to see, entrance is free *and* you get to see King Richard's III final resting place.
Absolutely recommended.
Written October 4, 2021
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Caroline W
19 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
Our first impression of this unassuming Cathedral was one of warmth and inclusivity.
A friendly greeter gave us a warm welcome and encouraged us to follow a route through the Cathedral to gain the best impression.
I took time to read their Welcome poster, to the right as you enter and was pleasantly surprised by its refreshing and modern attitude.
The highlights of this lovely space were of course the simple and majestic tomb, a fitting memorial a much meligned Medieval King of England.
The beautiful commissioned stained glass windows were again an example of the Cathedrals modernisation.
Well done Leicester, you have finally given Richard lll the resting place he deserved.
Written February 15, 2020
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Greg
Cambridge, UK5,209 contributions
Jan 2020 • Friends
The Cathedral is home to King Richard III and has been since he was reinterred there in 2015. Whilst this is perhaps the main reason to visit, the Cathedral itself offers plenty and is well worth a walk around. It does provide the King with a dignified sanctuary after he was discovered buried under a Leicester car park. Photographs can be taken here too.
Written January 20, 2020
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nexoy
West Sussex Coast524 contributions
Sep 2020
Was a little underwhelmed. Well I supose that things are so different this year it only to be expected. Masks, hand gell, trace and track all very worth while but inside so much has access denided. A few seats were round and about and the organist was 'practising'!! Hope she improves. We were only able to glimpse the tomb of Richard 111 from a distance. Oh well. As for the actual cathedral I found it pretty unimpresive as a building.
Written September 15, 2020
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Dave B
Dunfermline, UK831 contributions
Mar 2020
We didn’t realise this was the church where Richard lll was buried, we thought we’d have to pay, but it was free and there were donation boxes about. That was a nice surprise. Quite an unusual cathedral as it was quite wide. I asked what was in place before Richards tomb was there and it was the choir. I also asked where the car park was where he was found and was told the wrong way. Strange how a volunteer wouldn’t know where it was. I later found out it is part of the exhibit at the Richard lll visitor centre across the road.
Written March 1, 2020
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pjjclarke2014
Portsmouth, UK104 contributions
Mar 2020
Staff here were very helpful and informative. It's small by the standards of most cathedrals but has the drawing card of being the final resting place of Richard III. It also has some interesting stained glass windows and memorials to the Leicestershire Regiment
Written March 11, 2020
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NB1957
674 contributions
Jan 2020
I had forgotten what a lovely cathedral this is. It may not be the most imposing cathedral in England and is quite small by the usual standard but in a way it is all the better for that, it has a warmth and intimacy. The welcome was very friendly and informative with advice on how to make the most of what there was to see. Of course the highlight for many is the tomb of Richard III and this has been impressively done with the appropriate dignity for a King. I had also forgotten what a pleasant city Leicester was and the cathedral is in an area with some of the best architecture in the city.
Written January 27, 2020
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