Rare chance to visit Leicester’s historic buildings usually closed to the public

You’ll have the opportunity to explore some of Leicester’s hidden history this weekend, during the city’s latest Heritage Sunday. Historic buildings that are normally closed to the public will be opening their doors and offering behind-the-scenes tours tomorrow, June 25, from 11am until 3pm. All the buildings and historic sites open to visitors are just minutes from the city centre and clustered around the De Montfort University (DMU) campus.

Venues include the Grade I-listed Great Hall of Leicester Castle, St Mary de Castro Church, Trinity Chapel and herb garden, Newarke Houses Museum, The Magazine and the DMU Museum, home to the ruins of the medieval Church of the Annunciation.

Visitors can enter the participating buildings free of charge, but expert tours with Blue Badge Guides will also available for a small fee. City mayor Peter Soulsby said: “We have so much history all around us in Leicester, and Heritage Sundays provide an excellent chance to explore some of the fascinating buildings that tell the story of Leicester from its Roman origins to its manufacturing heyday.”

Tour tickets can be booked at the Visit Leicester Information Centre, in the King Richard III Visitor Centre, 4a St Martins, or by calling 0116 299 4444.

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