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Arts and Culture in Leicester - Contemporary Art, Ancient Artifacts, Live Performances, and Historic Reenactments

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Arts and culture thrive in Leicester, where there's an array of fun things to do. The Jewry Wall Museum is the place to be to learn about the city's Roman ties. You can relive King Richard III's famous Battle of Bosworth before paying your respects at Leicester Cathedral, or enjoy live performances at the state-of-the-art Curve Theatre.

Art galleries

 

In a city that prizes culture as highly as Leicester, it's no surprise that there's an excellent local art gallery to explore during your trip. Attenborough Arts Centre is focused on community involvement and making inspirational artwork accessible to all. The gallery hosts a revolving schedule of exciting contemporary art exhibitions, live music, dance performances, and special events for little ones.

 

Attenborough Arts Centre

 

This city-centre gallery is part of the University of Leicester and prides itself on variety and accessibility. Recent exhibits include Art, Life, Activism which explored the life experiences of artists with disabilities through sculpture, performance, photography, and more.

 

Lancaster Road, Leicester LE1 7HATel: +44 116 252 2455

 

Attenborough Arts Centre website

Museums

 

Leicester has some richly stocked museums for visitors to browse, like the Jewry Wall Museum, located in city centre next to the Holiday Inn hotel. You'll get to explore prehistoric to medieval Leicester, including fascinating artifacts, a preserved Roman wall, and ancient bathing grounds. New Walk Museum is known for its dinosaur displays, as well as its ancient Egypt collection, and Victorian art gallery.

 

Jewry Wall Museum

 

The main focus of the Jewry Wall Museum is Leicester's colourful Roman history. Display cases also hold precious artifacts from other eras, including relics from Leicester Abbey and ancient tools.

 

156-160 St. Nicholas Circle, Leicester LE1 4LB. Tel: +44 116 225 4971

 

Jewry Wall Museum website

 

New Walk Museum

 

To learn all about the interesting displays at Leicester's flagship museum, you can take exhibition tours and listen to curators give talks on the diverse collections. There's a museum café serving hot drinks and snacks, meaning you won't have to go far to find refreshment.

 

53 New Walk, Leicester LE1 7EA. Tel: +44 116 225 4900

 

New Walk Museum website

 

Live performing arts

 

Leicester attracts some of the best live performances in the East Midlands, which is why the city has such impressively designed venues, like Curve Theatre. With state-of-the-art facilities, you'll enjoy quality productions like Much Ado About Nothing and Breakfast at Tiffany's. You can also head over to Kilworth House Theatre, an open-air theatre set on a wooded glade, where you can catch varied performances.

 

Curve Theatre

 

Designed by architect Rafael Viñoly, the venue offers an innovative theatre experience with no backstage area so that visitors get to observe what happens behind the scenes firsthand.

 

1 Rutland Street, Leicester LE1 1SB. Tel: +44 116 242 3560

 

Curve Theatre website

 

Kilworth House Theatre

 

The outdoor theatre is covered with elegant canopies so you'll be able to enjoy a live show in the open air no matter the weather. Comfortable, tiered seats ensure that everyone has a great view of the stage.

 

Lutterworth Road, Leicester LE17 6JE. Tel: +44 185 888 1939

 

Kilworth House Theatre website

 

Leicester's cultural heritage

 

Perhaps nothing defines Leicester as much as its impressive cultural heritage, so there's plenty to do if you're interested in exploring this aspect of the city. You can experience a reenactment of the Battle of Bosworth, which claimed King Richard III's life, leaving Henry Tudor in power, at Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre and Country Park. You can then take a trip to King Richard's tomb at Leicester Cathedral, a medieval building built on the site of a Roman temple. Inside are historic bells, 2 antique organs, and other fascinating features.

 

Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre and Country Park

 

Learn and experience the Battle of Bosworth, a significant day in British history when King Richard III was defeated and the Tudor Dynasty reigned.

 

Sutton Cheney, Leicester CV13 0AD. Tel: +44 145 529 0429

 

Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre and Country Park website

 

Leicester Cathedral

 

After spending time inside the medieval cathedral, you can step outside to wander through the public garden, where flowers, trees, and a water fountain are harmoniously arranged around the site's gravestones and stone pathways.

 

7 Peacock Lane, St. Martins House, Leicester LE1 5DE. Tel: +44 116 261 5200

 

Leicester Cathedral website