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Leicestershire heritage sites secure top scores from Visit England

Popular heritage Leicestershire attractions have been given top marks, following inspections from national tourism body, Visit England.

Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre, the 1620s House & Garden, Charnwood Museum, Harborough Museum and Melton Carnegie Museum all saw their marks increase since their last inspections.

Leicester Time: Leicestershire heritage sites secure top scores from Visit England
Picture: 1620s House and Garden

Melton Carnegie Museum was praised for the ‘exceptional customer service’ from a ‘dedicated team of staff’, as well as the new and innovative children’s trails, and informative and fascinating temporary exhibitions and high-quality permanent displays.

Highlights at the 1620s House and Garden included the quality of the welcome and interpretation provided by the reception staff, the work of the volunteers and the commitment  to engage with people on social media.

Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre’s report summarised the visitor experience as an enjoyable and informative one. The inspector noted that visitors were able to engage with some excellent and thought-provoking displays and interpretation, in the Exhibition Centre, the country park  and through the entertaining and informative events.

Charnwood Museum was praised for its offer across all age ranges and abilities, as was its engaging hands-on and sensory activities.

The knowledgeable and welcoming staff at Harborough Museum were praised in the inspector’s report, which also made special mention of  the Hallaton Treasure exhibition, as well as the museum’s high standards of cleanliness.

All of the heritage sites are run and managed by Leicestershire County Council. Councillor Christine Radford, cabinet member for adults and communities, said: “It is fantastic to see that the hard work of everyone at our heritage sites have once again been recognised by Visit England. 

“All our heritage venues across the county are gems for residents to enjoy opportunities for learning, health and leisure. This national recognition from Visit England showcases just what a great place Leicestershire is and the facilities available on our doorstep.”