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Leicester Cathedral

Leicester

Self-guided walks for the Curious...

Explore Leicester city centre with two self-guided heritage walks with a treasure hunt theme. Discover Leicester's "hidden treasures" whilst having a fun day out with family and friends!
Leicester is one of the oldest cities in the UK, going back over 2,000 years, and today it has the biggest outdoor, covered market in Europe and in 1961 had the largest Tesco in Europe. In the autumn it hosts the largest Diwali celebrations outside India and is the birthplace of modern standard English. Thomas Cook was from Leicester, and organised the first ever package tour in 1841… to Loughborough! King Richard III is buried there, and famous sons & daughters include Sir David Attenborough, Gok Wan and Englebert Humperdinck.

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Curious About... Leicester

  • An exploration of Leicester's city centre with two self-guided heritage walks with an optional treasure hunt. Completing the treasure hunt keeps everyone actively engaged, and urges you to look up, down and every which-way - so you won't miss out on any of the city's treasures.
    Explore, Discover, and Enjoy!
  • Most clues are chosen for their historical value, so you'll learn about the diverse culture, significant people and extraordinary events which have influenced Leicester in becoming what it is today.
  • This is an outdoor, unsupervised activity - so you can go at a pace which suits you, whilst keeping you healthy!
  • A Curious About walk is a fun and social activity for all the family and friends. Different people can take on different roles - follow the map, identify picture clues, read directions, etc - it's ideal for children from the age of 6, and if you can walk/wheelchair it, you're young enough!
  • The two walks have been designed so that the second one follows on from where the first one ends. Do both, or have a breather and do the second one another day! They both start and finish in the heart of the city - so buses, trains and car parks are easily available to get you there and back.

1. Ancient Church to Clock Tower - 1.5 miles / 2.4 kms
From the ancient Church of St Mary de Capro travel back in time at Leicester Castle’s Great Hall, before ascending its Motte. Be amazed at the Newarke Gateway, before tumbling into the delights of Castle Gardens. Gaze on ancient Roman baths, a 14th century Guildhall, and a resplendent cathedral where the remains of King Richard III are finally buried. Lastly, it’s back to the city centre and Leicester’s iconic Clock Tower.
1.5 hoursNot OK due to steps up the Castle Motte

2. Clock Tower to Leicester Museum & Art Gallery - 1 mile / 1.6 kms
From the 19th century Clock Tower move swiftly into the heart of Leicester’s famous market, the largest covered outdoor market in Europe, where its ethnic diversity can be experienced by all. Onward now to some engaging gardens, with a vibrant fountain before the impressive Town Hall. Finally, arrive at the elegance of New Walk, a tree-lined thoroughfare, dating back over 200 years, with a museum at its end.
1 hourOK, but small diversion maybe needed for steps

Each booklet has a page dedicated to the history of the city and 2 pages summarising each walk with suggestions on what to visit along the way. Walk 1 has 21 clues & walk 2 has 14 - both with detailed directions to follow. There are interesting stories about important people, places & events along the way; detailed instructions on how to find a clue if you're stuck; and a comprehensive map with the routes marked on.
Buy a booklet by clicking on the Add to Basket button, then either checkout, or continue shopping. Checkout takes you through payments via a quick & secure process managed by a third-party company called SendOwl. At the end of the payment process SendOwl will email you a confirmation email (inc download link if relevant).

Downloads
You have 14 days to complete your download, and up to 3 attempts are permitted. If you buy the print-at-home version you will need to print it on normal A4 paper and the email you receive, with the download link, explains how best to fold the pages to make it into an A5 booklet. If you buy the download to mobile version you will need pdf reading software on your phone or tablet, eg using the Adobe Acrobat App (free).

Printed Copy
The booklet has a flexible cover, which has been professionally printed. The inside pages are printed to order, to ensure that they are as up-to-date as possible. We post booklets out 1st class Royal Mail, usually the same, or next working day. A small postage & packing charge is added.

"This is a good un for the urban walker. I had two plays to watch in Leicester on the same day with a three hour gap in between to fill, so I obtained two of your walking schemes for Leicester for not a lot of money."


Latest Revision : November 2021


Leicester

Places you'll pass along the way - tap an image for more detail