The Castle: The first castle at Leicester was probably built around 1070 either by William the Conqueror or by Hugh de Grandsmesnil, the first Norman lord or castellan of Leicester.
The Medieval Hall: The Great Hall and the Church of St. Mary de Castro were the largest buildings in the castle. The hall had stone walls and was originally open to the roof with no ceiling. Its roof was supported by great oak, aisle-posts with decorative carvings. Treering dating of the timbers shows that the roof was replaced in the early 1500s, but that the aisle-posts are original and date to about 1150. This suggests the hall was built by Robert le Bossu, the second earl of Leicester and founder of Leicester Abbey.
Castle or defences, Heritage site
Open for events only.
Dependent on events, please contact the castle for further details.
Heritage Open Days: Leicester Castle
- 11 — 12 September 2015
Built originally in the 12th century, Leicester Castle has had many illustrious visitors including King Richard III, Edward I, Edward II and Henry IV. Its timber-framed Great Hall hosted Parliament in the 14th and 15th centuries and later divided into two court rooms in the 19th century. This is a fantastic opportunity to explore a building normally closed to the public to learn about its fascinating history and to experience local re-enactors portrying the Royal Household of King Richard.
- Any age
Enquiries at The Guildhall
0116 253 2569