Colin Crosby Heritage Tours

Norman Leicester (A Guided Walk in Leicester)

“Norman Leicester” is a fascinating Guided Walk devised and led by the well-known Blue Badge Guide Colin Crosby, of Colin Crosby Heritage Tours.

These strolls are a most enjoyable way of soaking up some Local History.

This walk starts outside St. Mary de Castro Church and shows historic aspects of the Old Town of Leicester.

St. Mary de Castro was built in the early 12th century, and tradition says it is on the site of an earlier church founded by Ethelfleda, daughter of Alfred the Great. Geoffrey Chaucer was married here, and it is also where Henry VI was knighted.

Leicester Castle was built within a year or two of the Norman Conquest, but destroyed in the aftermath of a disastrous rebellion, and rebuilt in the late 12th century.

The chapel of Trinity Hospital is where Mary de Bohun is buried. She married Henry Bolingbroke, the son of John of Gaunt, who later seized the throne as Henry IV.

The walk includes the intriguing churchyard of St. Mary de Castro, and the motte of Leicester Castle, the site of the keep, the best defended part. The castle was one of the homes of John of Gaunt, and is where he died.

Dates, costs and where to meet

A place on 'Norman Leicester' costs £3.50 per person, or £2.50 if paying in advance. The guided walk begins at St. Mary de Castro Church, and is running on:

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If you would like to book a place on one of these dates, please telephone Colin on (0116) 2611576 or email him at

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