Richard III at opening of 'Visit Leicester Centre' today

King Richard III is at the opening of 'Visit Leicester Centre' today Photo: PA

Special guests will be gathering in Leicester today to mark the opening of the new Visit Leicester Centre including King Richard III.

Leicester has been the subject of interest around the world recently as a team of archeologists dig in a council car park to look for the remains of King Richard III, the story can be read here.

Archeologists are digging in Leicester for the lost grave of King Richard III. Credit: University of Leicester

The city is steeped in history, this recent interest in the hunt for Richard III's remains is evidence enough of that, Mayor Peter Soulsby thinks Leicester is being undersold and so, is pleased that the centre is opening to help promote the city to tourists and residents alike.

The National Space Centre based in the city, is also another world wide talking point.

A team led by Leicester University have created three trenches in the search for King Richard III's remains. Credit: ITV Central

With the archeological dig underway it is obvious why his Majesty King Richard III has been invited.

"Leicester has so much to offer and this new centre will bring that together in a modern, one-stop shop at the heart of the city's shopping centre.

"It will also provide a central focus for celebrating the city's heritage and helping more people discover the exciting Story of Leicester."

– Mayor of Leicester, Peter Soulsby
A visitor at the National Space Centre, Leicester, looks at a Russian 1960 Soyuz capsule. Credit: PA

Features of the new centre include a 'wall of history, detailing some of the 2000 years of Leicester's past, large, window-mounted display screens will provide around-the-clock information about what is on at city venues and attractions.

The new centre is part of a wider programme to promote the city's history and attractions and to re-connect the older parts of Leicester with the new shopping and cultural areas.

The Centre will open today at 11.30am on the corner of Market Place and Gallowtree Gate, further information can be found here.