Chance to learn about the 'Story of Leicester' on free guided walks

City Mayor, Sir Peter Soulsby and Blue Badge GuideProgramme of historical walks continues until 9 September and culminates with Heritage Open Days in Leicester

There’s still time for people to learn about Leicester’s 2,000 years of history as the successful ‘Story of Leicester’ programme of free guided walks continues until 9 September 2012. Almost 100 people have attended the walks since they started on 15 July 2012 and they will culminate in a fantastic programme of events and activities that celebrate Heritage Open Days.

The walks are led by expert Blue Badge Guides and run on Sundays at 3pm, Tuesdays at 3pm and Thursdays at 6pm every week, with all walks beginning from the Leicester Tourist Information Centre (TIC) in Town Hall Square. To coincide with Heritage Open Days, between 6-9 September, two walks per day will take place, at 10am and 3pm, starting outside the new Visit Leicester Centre, 51 Gallowtree Gate in Leicester.
The walks are free of charge and pre-booking is allowed but not required. Places can be booked by calling 0844 888 5181, emailing or from the Leicester TIC itself prior to 6 September and the new Visit Leicester Centre between 6-9 September.

Heritage Open Days is coordinated nationally by English Heritage and celebrates England's fantastic architecture and culture by offering free access to properties that are usually closed to the public or normally charge for admission. This year's event takes place over the weekend of 6th - 9th September 2012 and Leicester City Council’s programme this year proudly hails the re-opening of heritage buildings such as the Castle, the Magazine and Wygston’s House which have been closed to the general public in the past.

For more information on Heritage Open Days, please visit

Image: City Mayor, Sir Peter Soulsby and Blue Badge Guide, Steve Bruce celebrate the launch of the Story of Leicester walks in Town Hall Square, Leicester.