Leicester’s most historic buildings to take centre stage in new guided tours

Guided tours of Leicester’s most historic buildings will take place this weekend. The events will transport people back in time and give them the opportunity to marvel at of some of the city’s most treasured structures.

The tours form part of the return of Heritage Sundays which kick-off once more this Sunday (June 30). A series of guided walks about some of Leicester’s finest historical sites are at the heart of the tours, with the first taking people around Leicester’s Magazine.

The 15th Century stone building originally formed the gateway to the religious precinct at the Newarke. It later became a munitions store during the English Civil War, with this history set to come alive to those on the tour, but a warning is in place that due to the many steps at the Magazine, it is not suitable for young children or those with mobility issues.

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Meanwhile, Sunday will see a tour of the 12th Century Great Hall at Leicester Castle. The timber-framed building hosted many illustrious guests, including King Richard III, before becoming a criminal court in Victorian times.

The final guided tour will reveal more about St Mary de Castro – the medieval church that was founded as a chapel to serve Leicester Castle. This tour will be led by a history expert who will aim to impart all their knowledge about the historical site.

The tour of Leicester Magazine begins at 11am. The Great Hall tour begins at 12.30pm and the guided walk of St Mary de Castro begins at 2pm. All tours will last one hour, with more information, including ticket prices, available on the Leicester Museums website or by calling: 0116 225 4980.

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