Leicester Cathedral

Resting place of King Richard III.

About this church

The Normans began the construction of the original St Martin’s church of around 900 years ago. 

It was rebuilt and enlarged between the 13th and 15th centuries and became the ‘Civic Church’, with strong links with the merchants and guilds (with the Guildhall being located nearby).

Just over 100 years ago the Victorian Architect, Raphael Brandon, magnificently restored and, in places, rebuilt the church, including the addition of a 220ft spire. 

When the Diocese of Leicester was re-established in 1927, the church was hallowed as Leicester Cathedral.

Key Features

  • Captivating architecture
  • Spectacular stained glass
  • Magnificent memorials
  • Glorious furnishings
  • Enchanting atmosphere
  • Fascinating churchyard
  • Social heritage stories

Visitors information

  • Bus stop within 100m
  • Train station within 250m
  • Level access to the main areas
  • Ramp or level access available on request
  • Steps to enter the church or churchyard
  • On street parking at church
  • Parking within 250m
  • Accessible toilets in church
  • Non-accessible toilets in church
  • Accessible toilets nearby
  • Café in church
  • Café within 500m
  • Dog friendly
  • Muddy boot friendly
  • Space to secure your bike
  • Church shop or souvenirs

Other nearby churches

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St Mary de Castro

St Mary's is set in a part of Leicester where the city's medieval past can still be imagined: here are the castle mound and the castle walls, approached from the south via a castle gateway.

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St John the Baptist

Built in 1884 to the designs of Joseph Goddard, senior partner in Leicester's most prolific firm of church architects, St John's is a relatively plain and austere brick built town church on the outside, its only playful detail being a needle like spirelet.


All Saints

The church is 13th to 15th century, with a small piece of medieval glass and notable 20th century stained glass by Theodora Salusbury.

Supported by National Churches Trust, for people who love church buildings