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Leicester City Walking Trails

  • Take a walk with us through the life, death and rediscovery of King Richard III
  • Stroll through 2,000 years of local history
  • Take a walk with Romans, Georgians and dinosaurs

Take your pick of the best walking trails in Leicester!

Visitors to Leicester can discover more about the city’s amazing 2,000 years of history with a range of new Leicester City Walking Trails from Visit Leicester.

There are five new trails that focus on some of the city's key historic features plus the story of King Richard III, bringing our city's history to life as you walk around its old town, explore the medieval quarter and even dine in some of the most historic buildings in the city.

It also features a Heritage Panel Trail which is the largest project of its type in the country, featuring around 300 heritage interpretation panels installed across the city and surrounding areas and telling the city's story through its people, places and events.

Click here to explore the Leicester City Walking Trails on Visit Leicester

Download the Leicester Heritage Trail Here

The remarkable Story of Leicester, the people and the places that shaped its history, can be discovered on the city’s streets via Heritage Panels.

Over 300 of the colourful information panels have been installed to give residents and visitors the chance to find out more about Leicester’s extensive history.

King Richard III Trail

In August 1485 King Richard III was killed at the Battle of Bosworth, brought back to Leicester and after a lying in state for a few days was buried by the Grey Friars, a Franciscan Holy order, in their friary church.

Take a walk with us through the life, death and rediscovery of King Richard III as you explore the sites in Leicester with close links to the Lost King.

New Walk Trail

Take a stroll up Leicester’s leafy New Walk today and you’ll be following in some pretty impressive footsteps. You’ll be walking on an ancient road used by Roman soldiers, and enjoying the tree-lined promenade beloved by Leicester’s Georgians and Victorians.

The Newarke Trail

Take a walk around Leicester’s ancient quarter, The Newarke, where 2,000 years of drama has played out amongst its collection of historic sites. From a museum housing one of the world’s largest shirts to the path taken by a berobed King Richard III, the costumes of the players are as intriguing as the stories themselves.

Old Town Restaurants Trail

Heritage buildings in Leicester's Old Town that may have sat empty for years have been given a new lease of life by independent restaurateurs. The adaptive reuse of buildings helps to preserve the history and visitors can enjoy the unique space for the price of a dinner or drinks.

From converted factories to medieval houses, banking halls, an Assembly Room to traditional pubs, soak up the historic ambience as you enjoy fantastic food to sate your appetite.