It’s dark, it's grey and rainy, it’s cold and ‘the blues’ are starting to set in… sound familiar? If you’re looking for shelter from the cold, don’t stay at home wrapped in a blanket! Leicester has a wealth of indoor attractions that you can enjoy without having to brave the elements. Who said rainy days can’t be fun?!

Discover Leicester’s free Museums

The Rutland Dinosaur, Image credit New Walk Museum

Leicester’s museums are the perfect choice for those trying to save the pennies this year – a selection of fun days out, great for families and – best of all – free entry. New Walk Museum & Art Gallery is packed full of galleries that’ll wow kids and adults alike; wonder at mummies from Ancient Egypt and come face-to-face with the Rutland dinosaur – 10ft high and 165 million years old! We think it's great but don't take our word for it – Musuem Crush has named New Walk Museum as one of the best places in Britain to see Dinosaurs and Fossils!

Art fans will love the Victorian Art Gallery as well as Leicester’s internationally renowned collection of German Expressionism. If museums are your thing, don’t miss Newarke Houses Museum and The Guildhall for more fun, free days out.

Walk in the footsteps of a King

Replica skeleton of Richard III at Richard III Visitor Centre

Discover the King’s story in Leicester, starting off at the King Richard III Visitor Centre. Standing on the medieval site of Grey Friars, this exhibition explains the events that led to the King’s hasty burial and rediscovery. Get closer to history than you thought imaginable and see the exact place Richard’s remains were buried over 500 years ago through a glass-floored completive space. After this poignant experience, walk through the peaceful Cathedral Gardens to Leicester Cathedral – this beautiful building houses the tomb of King Richard III. 

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Bosworth Battlefield, Image credit Leicestershire County Council

Delve further into the history of the King and visit Bosworth Battlefield in Leicestershire, the site of the battle where King Richard III met his end. If you're feeling brave you can take a walk of the battle site – wrap up and enjoy the beautiful scenery on a 2km guided walk. Check the website for a full programme of events.

Travel through space

Go to infinity and beyond with a visit to the National Space Centre in Leicester.  With six interactive galleries, a unique 3D simulator experience and the iconic 42m high Rocket Tower, channel your inner astronaut and get lost in an out of this world experience!

The Science of the Time Lords, Image credit National Space Centre

Be sure to check out the Space Centre's What's On calander for more fun things to do – The stars are the limit on rainy days in Leicester!


New Walk Museum & Art Gallery
Dinosaur Exhibit

Leicester's original museum has wide ranging collections and displays spanning the natural and cultural world. A family friendly day-out, the galleries include Ancient Egypt, Dinosaurs, Wild Space, World Arts & Crafts and Victorian Art. There is also a special gallery for under fives called The Den

King Richard III Visitor Centre
Heritage / Visitor Centre
Exterior of King Richard III Visitor Centre, See & Do in Leicester

Standing on the site of the medieval friary of the Grey Friars where the king's remains were buried over 500 years ago, the centre tells the fascinating story of the King Richard III's life and death, and reveals one of the greatest archaeological stories ever told. With interactive, hands-on displays, visitors can discover how King Richard III's remains were discovered and identified.

National Space Centre
Science Centre
National Space Centre

The award winning National Space Centre is an out of this world experience for the whole family. With six interactive galleries, the UK’s largest planetarium, world unique 3D SIM ride and iconic 42m high Rocket Tower, there really is something for everybody to enjoy.



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