King Richard III Centre; Dynasty, Death and Discovery


Following the discovery of King Richard III under a car park in nearby leicester you can now visit and experience the legend of his dynasty, death and discovery.


The Visitor Centre stands on the site of the medieval friary of the Grey Friars where the king’s remains

were buried over 500 years ago.

The exhibition gives visitors a chance to learn more about the King’s life and death – and to understand the huge events that led to his hasty burial and eventual rediscovery.

It reveals one of the greatest archaeological detective stories ever told and features the first-ever genome sequencing of ancient DNA.

Visitors will be able to see the exact place where Richard’s remains were buried over 500 years ago and this poignant place has been transformed into a glass-floored contemplative space for visitors.

The new Visitor Centre is the centrepiece of a series of regeneration projects including Cathedral Gardens – a new area of open green spaces, paths and artwork between Leicester Cathedral and the Visitor Centre.

The Centre is very close to Leicester Cathedral where King Richard III will be re–interred in March 2015.

Visitor centre website

Leicester cathedral website

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