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Open days at Richard III search site

Statue of King Richard III at Castle Gardens in Leicester Photo: Geoff Wheeler

This week archaeologists from the University of Leicester discovered human remains at the site of the Greyfriars church, where Richard was believed to be buried following his death at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485.

A series of events and open days are scheduled:

The Greyfriars site: Open to the public with information leaflets and guards in armour. Entry is free.

  • Saturday, September 15, and Sunday, September 16 - 11am to 4pm
  • Wednesday, September 19 - 5pm to 7pm
  • Saturday, September 22, and Sunday, September 23 - 11am to 4pm

The Guildhall: Objects from the excavation, plus information panels on Richard III and the excavation. Free admission.

  • Saturday, September 15, and Sunday, September 16 - 11am to 4pm
  • Saturday, September 22, and Sunday, September 23 - 11am to 4pm

Guided tours around key King Richard III site in the city, including The Magazine Gateway, Guildhall and Castle Park.

  • Saturday, September 15, and Sunday, September 16 - 11am to 4pm
  • Wednesday, September 19 - 5pm to 7pm
  • Saturday, September 22, and Sunday, September 23 - 11am to 4pm

Highcross Shopping Centre: Panels explaining the search for King Richard III the other events taking place across the city.

  • Saturday, September 15, and Sunday, September 16 - 11am to 4pm
  • Saturday, September 22, and Sunday, September 23 - 11am to 4pm

Leicester Railway Station: Panel explaining the search for Richard III, plus information on related events across the city.

  • Saturday, September 15, and Sunday, September 16 - 11am to 4pm
  • Saturday, September 22, and Sunday, September 23 - 11am to 4pm

Visit Leicester: Information screens and leaflets on all Richard III-related events in the city.

  • Monday to Saturday 10am to 6pm, Sundays from 11am to 5pm

After these open events, the site will close to the public.

A series of Blue Badge walks are also due to take place. Three tours will take place this Saturday and Sunday, and next weekend, starting off at 11am, 1pm and 3pm from Leicester Cathedral. A tour will also take place on Wednesday, September 19 at 4.30pm. Pre-booking is advised, with further information available from the new Visit Leicester centre in Gallowtree Gate.

There has been a huge amount of interest in this dig even before the breathtaking announcement by the University of Leicester this week that it had discovered human remains at the spot Richard's body is believed to have been buried.

These open events will give people the chance to find out more about the search for Richard III, his connections with Leicester and the historic city as he would have known it.

– Leicester City Mayor Peter Soulsby

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