Ode to Leicester City FC: group trips to Leicester
Date Posted: 04/05/2016
Leicester has been celebrating this month. First Leicester City FC won the Premier League against all odds, then Leicester man Mark Selby won the World Snooker Championship. Here are a few ideas for a group visit to the city.
Leicester Space Centre
This museum is dedicated to space science and astronomy and boasts six interactive galleries, the UK’s largest planetarium, a 3D simulator experience and a 42m high rocket tower.
The rocket tower is home to Blue Streak and Thor Able rockets, the Apollo Lunar Module and real moon rock.
Groups may enjoy Into Space, where they can come face to face with astronauts and spacesuits, and discover the answers to the most asked question at the space centre, including how to go to the toilet in space.
Richard III Visitor Centre
The Richard III Visitor Centre may be one of the city’s newest attractions, but is already a popular one among groups.
The centre tells the story of the king’s life and death with interactive exhibits split over two floors. The ground floor details the history of King Richard III, whereas the first floor focuses on the discovery of his body, in a car park in 2012.
A visit culminates in a visit to the section of car park where the skeleton was found. The room built around the area also features the chance to walk over a Perspex glass panel, which has been placed over the section where the body was discovered.
Pictured: The Curve. Credit: Will Pyrce
The Curve theatre
The popular Curve Theatre has plenty on offer for groups. Groups of ten or more can benefit from discounted rates and the option to pre-order drinks and ice creams. Bespoke backstage tours can be arranged also, as well as access to hospitality and dining packages. This year, Bugsy Malone, Footloose and Sister Act are all on the roster for The Curve theatre.
Groups can book onto an hour-long guided tour around the cathedral, which can be combined with a visit to the Richard III Visitor Centre.
A tour around the cathedral can reveal insider knowledge to groups and one highlight visitors can discover when exploring is the tomb of Richard III.
The church was built on the site of a Roman temple and now welcomes people for worship, celebration, lament and debate.
Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre and Country Park
The Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre tells the story of the Battle of Bosworth which took place on Monday 22nd August, 1485, marking a major turning point in English history.
A visit to the site, a 20-minute drive from the city centre, will teach groups about where Richard III fought for his crown and lost his life, and where Henry Tudor became king. Groups can book onto a guided walk, such as Falconry and Living History.