Richard III in Leicester

This item appears on page 77 of the May 2013 issue.

The surprising discovery of the remains of infamous King Richard III (1452-1485) in Leicester, England, in early 2013 has resulted in a popular exhibition of the artifacts found during the dig plus information about his reign. Admission is free to the Guildhall (in the town center, by the Cathedral). Open 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily.

The temporary Guildhall exhibition may find a permanent home elsewhere in Leicester in 2014. For info, visit

A 2-hour Blue Badge guided walk of sites in Leicester linked with Richard III is available for £3.50 (near $5.30) per person one Saturday each month, starting at 11 a.m. from the Cathedral. A schedule is available at the Guildhall or the Leicester visitor center. Book in advance.

The Battle of Bosworth in 1485, in which England’s King Richard III died, was fought in fields near Leicester. The Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre on Ambion Hill offers exhibits, guided walks and an annual August reenactment of the battle in costume. 

In 2013, the “battle” will be fought 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Aug. 17-18. £15 ($23) per person. The event includes jousting, a living-history encampment, falconry and more. Tickets may sell out; book online at