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Leicester Celebrates 2,000 Years of History with Range of New Trails

Visitors to Leicester can discover more about the city’s amazing 2,000 years of history with the launch of a range of new trails.

The Heritage Panel Trail guide and five themed city trails will help visitors to the city to discover more about the city’s heritage, from the Romans, Medieval (including King Richard III) and Edwardian, Georgian and Victorian times, to the city’s manufacturing, engineering and transport history, through to the modern day.

Leicester Time: Leicester Celebrates 2,000 Years of History with Range of New Trails
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The Heritage Panel Trail guide is part of the largest project of its type in the country, featuring over 300 heritage interpretation panels installed across the city centre and neighbourhood. They bring the city’s history to life by remembering the people, places and events of Leicester’s recent and distant past.

The five city trails focus on:

• King Richard III – from car park to Cathedral – a King’s journey that took 530 years

• New Walk – take a walk with Romans, Georgians and dinosaurs

• Heritage – stroll through 2,000 years of local history

• The Newarke – costume drama played out in ancient quarter

• Old Town Restaurants – bringing well-seasoned history to the table

Leicester City Mayor Peter Soulsby said: “We are so proud of Leicester’s distinctive and important place in English history. Telling the stories of the city’s key contributions throughout its 2,000 years of history is vital for residents and visitors alike, and with the launch of these new heritage panel and city trail guides, people can really bring the history of Leicester to life for themselves.”

Printed copies of the Heritage Panel Guide and the city trails will be available to purchase at a small cost at the Visit Leicester Information Centre, 4A St. Martins, Leicester LE1 5DB or can be requested by contacting or by calling 0116 299 4444.

Video films and interactive maps for the city trails can be viewed on the Visit Leicester website here.