Greyfriars Townscape Heritage Initiative


The city council have been successful in securing funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to deliver the Greyfriars Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI).

The THI will provide £1.6m for work in the Greyfriars Conservation area of the city. The initiative aims to enhance, conserve and regenerate conservation areas suffering from social and economic decline.

The city council aims to:

  • Make the historic core of the city more legible.

  • Make the area more attractive and inviting to occupiers and visitors.

  • Stimulate economic growth by making the historic core more inviting for commercial investors and residential use. 

  • Increase understanding and help people value Leicester's historic development, particularly the area of Leicester's old town.

  • Increase greater participation and understanding in conserving Leicester's historic environment.

  • Improve the local heritage skills sector through training in related skills.

Businesses, property owners and leaseholders in the area can apply for grants to bring empty floor space back into use, restore lost architectural features such as windows and repair architectural features and improve the frontage of buildings.

The THI Project Team aspire to create a much more vibrant and attractive area for all to enjoy in the coming years. This will be achieved through building conservation and repairs, bringing empty buildings back into use and working with local businesses and property owners to improve the area’s look and feel. Plans also feature pop-up shops and exhibitions in empty buildings in the area. 

This map shows the outline of the THI area.

In 2013, the significance of the area was heightened by the discovery of the grave of King Richard III who was buried at the Franciscan Friary of the Greyfriars following his death at Bosworth Field in 1495.

The Townscape Heritage Initiative is part financed by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). The HLF sustains and transforms a wide range of heritage through innovative investment in projects with a lasting impact on people and places. Find out more about the HLF here.

As part of the wider Connecting Leicester vision, many other improvements have been made to the area inlcuding Peacock Lane, Grey Friars, Berridge Street and Newarke Street. This has opened up access to historic buildings for walkers to seek out and explore.

Walking trails and resources are available from Visit Leicester and are a great way to explore the old town area. 

Find out more about the Greyfriars Townscape Heritage Initiative here.