Explore Leicester's hidden heritage for free starting this weekend

People can explore Leicester’s hidden history and get inside historic buildings normally closed to the public this weekend.

Heritage Sundays, which give visitors glimpses of the city’s history through talks, tours and activities, start on Sunday and will run on the last Sunday of the month until October.

DMU arches

Venues will be clustered around De Montfort University Leicester (DMU)’s campus, including the Grade I listed Great Hall of Leicester Castle, Trinity Chapel and herb garden, and the DMU Museum, home to the ruins of the medieval Church of the Annunciation.

Partners opening venues on Sunday include St Mary de Castro, Newarke Houses Museum and The Magazine.

For the first event in May, DMU’s Special Collections team is hosting a handling session of Civil War armour in Trinity Chapel, just a day before the anniversary of the Siege of Leicester which took place in 1645.

DMU Museum Curator, Elizabeth Wheelband, said: “Heritage Sundays are some of our favourite events of the year and we’re excited that they’re back for 2023. It’s a unique opportunity for visitors of all ages to engage with Leicester’s ancient quarter and learn a bit about the history hidden on their doorstep.”


This Sunday, the Friends of Jewry Wall Museum will be in St Nicholas Church to talk about the progress of the new-look museum to tell the story of Jewry Wall, which is one of the largest surviving Roman structures in Britain today.

Leicester City Council is working with the city’s Haley Sharpe Design to create a new museum packed with interactive displays telling the story of the site and everyday life in Roman Leicester. Visitors will be able to explore the streets and sights of the times.

Visitors can explore inside these beautiful spaces free of charge, but expert led tours are available with Blue Badge Guide tours for a small fee. Tickets can be booked through Visit Leicester offices which is based in the Richard III Centre.

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Posted on Friday 26th May 2023

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