Leicester Heritage Panels

Discover and celebrate Leicester's 2,000 years of history through the Story of Leicester heritage interpretation panels.

Across the city, 90 panels tell the story of Leicester, featuring information on key heritage buildings and well-known individuals associated with Leicester.

The panels can be seen in shopping centres, on medieval churches, near former warehouses and in front of the city’s iconic landmarks such as the Clock Tower and Corn Exchange.  Some are free-standing ‘totem’-style boards, whilst others are mounted on walls or railings.

Many remarkable and fascinating things have happened in Leicester over the centuries. In times past, the city saw visits from Charles Dickens, Buffalo Bill and George Bernard Shaw. We can also lay claim to the first traffic island in Britain, the world’s oldest secular society and one of the oldest schoolhouses in England.

The panels are grouped in themes to tell different chapters in the city’s story.  Themes are colour-coded to make them easy to identify and explore subjects such as the city’s Roman origins, its industrial heritage or Leicester at the time of Thomas Cook.  A series of ten panels are linked to historic buildings and sites connected to the King Richard III story and Leicester. All are linked by a walking trail. Click here to find out more about the King Richard III walking trail. The Modern Leicester series also celebrates some of the city’s famous sons and daughters like Richard Attenborough and Sue Townsend.

Heritage panels can also be found in Leicester’s historic villages of Aylestone, Belgrave, Braunstone, Evington, Humberstone and Knighton. 

To find out more about Leicester’s rich heritage; download the documents at the bottom of the page to help you find every panel.

East Gates Coffee House Heritage Panel

East Gates Coffee House Heritage Panel

Leicester Mercury Covers City Heritage Panel

Click here to read the Leicester Mercury story about the Heritage Panels across Leicester.

Below you can download a list of the themes and locations of all the Leicester Heritage Panels.