Online Services

A morning service (non-Eucharistic) led by the Cathedral clergy will be posted on this page for the usual time of 10.30am every Sunday. Services for Holy Week will also be uploaded below.

Sunday 24 May 2020 | Easter 7

Click here to watch on YouTube. For a service order, click here.


Thursday 21 May 2020 | Ascension Day

Click here to watch on YouTube. For a service order, click here.


Sunday 17 May 2020 | Easter 6

Click here to watch on YouTube. For a service order, click here.


Sunday 10 May 2020 | Easter 5

Click here to watch on YouTube. For a service order, click here.


Friday 8 May 2020 | VE Day
A Service on the 75th Anniversary of VE Day

Click here to watch on YouTube. For a service order, click here.


Stations of the Resurrection

Easter isn’t finished with Easter Sunday! Christians celebrate the Easter season for 50 days.

Join us in our Cathedral community as we continue to ponder the deep mystery of God’s eternal life with us every day.

1. The Earthquake

2. Mary Magdalene finds the Empty Tomb

3. The Disciples run to the Empty Tomb

4. The Angel appears to the Women

5. Jesus meets the Woman

6. The Road to Emmaus

7. Jesus appears to the Disciples

8. Jesus promises the Spirit

9. Jesus commissions the Disciples

10. Jesus breathes the Spirit

11. Jesus reveals himself to Thomas

12. Jesus appears at the Lakeside

13. Jesus confronts Peter

14. Jesus and the beloved disciple

15. Jesus appears to the 500

16. Jesus commissions the Disciples on the Mountain

17. The Ascension


Sunday 3 May 2020 | Easter 4

Click here to watch on YouTube. For a service order, click here.


Sunday 26 April 2020 | Easter 3

Click here to watch on YouTube. For a service order, click here.


Sunday 19 April 2020 | Easter 2

Click here to watch on YouTube. For a service order, click here.


Sunday 12 April | Easter Day, 10.30am

Click here to watch on YouTube. For a service order, click here.


Saturday 11 April | Holy Saturday, 8.00pm

Heralding Easter in Two Parts – Part One: Vigil and Part Two: Service of Light. For a service order, click here.


Friday 10 April | Good Friday, 12.00pm

The service is split into three parts – at Part One, Part Two and Part Three. For a service order, click here.


Thursday 9 April | Maundy Thursday, 7.30pm

Click here to watch on YouTube. For a service order, click here.


Holy Week | Complines by Campfire

Join The Revd Morna Simpson for three services of Compline, or night prayer, during Holy Week from the Holy Spirit Parish in the Diocese of Leicester. Morna’s blog Tea and Theology can be found here.


Sunday 5 April | Palm Sunday

Click here to watch on YouTube. For a Service Order, click here.


Sunday 29 March | Lent 5

Click here to watch on YouTube. For a Service Order, click here.


Additionally, various members of us Cathedral Clergy are saying Morning and Evening Prayer regularly, at 8.30am and 4.30pm respectively. The app for this is easily found on the Church of England website, which is where you’ll find the Archbishop of Canterbury’s service, and other useful resources.


While we may be closed to visitors, you can still enjoy a 360° virtual walk around the Cathedral from the comfort of your own home, using the Google Maps function below!

Cathedral in Touch – Weekly Newsletter

Below you can read the newsletter ‘Cathedral in Touch’ for the latest news and updates from Leicester Cathedral, as well as for other information and reflection.

If you do not usually receive this but would like to, please subscribe by emailing us.

Sunday 31 May 2020 (downloadable copy)

Cathedral in Touch – 31 May 2020

Sunday 24 May 2020
Sunday 17 May 2020
Sunday 10 May 2020
Sunday 3 May 2020
Sunday 26 April 2020
Sunday 19 April 2020
Sunday 5 April 2020
Sunday 29 March 2020
Sunday 22 March 2020

If you do not usually receive this but would like to, please subscribe by emailing us.

May the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. (2 Thess 3.16)

 

We will update our FAQs page and issue new guidance on how the Cathedral is impacted by coronavirus as soon as we are able, and through the Cathedral’s social media accounts as well. Do keep checking back.

Additionally, a morning service (non-Eucharistic) led by the Cathedral clergy will be posted on this page: www.leicestercathedral.org/online-services for the usual time of 10.30am on Sundays.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) FAQs

Below is a list of FAQs relating to the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
These FAQs were last updated on 14 May 2020 at 11.00am.

Whilst some Government guidance has been revised, it is still vital that the necessary hygiene and social distancing precautions are kept in place in order to protect the NHS and save lives.

Leicester Cathedral is closed for the time being but our community continues to meet in prayer and online.

Stay at home but continue to pray, to love, to care for the vulnerable.

Click here for coronavirus guidance for churches from the Church of England.

We are aware this is a very difficult time and will prompt a number of further questions. We are working as a matter of priority to update these FAQs and will issue new guidance on this page as soon as we are able and share through the Cathedral’s social media accounts. Do keep checking back.

Are you open as usual?

Leicester Cathedral is closed for the time being, but our community continues to meet in prayer and online. We will update this page with details of how to join in when we can.

A morning service (non-Eucharistic) led by the Cathedral clergy will be posted on this page: www.leicestercathedral.org/online-services for the usual time of 10.30am every Sunday.

St Martins House, the White Rose Café, and Christian Resources Shop will be closed until further notice.

Any future changes will be communicated via the Cathedral website and social media, and to event ticket holders via email as well.

How does this affect pastoral care?

We at the Cathedral are working out ways of keeping in touch well and supporting one another. Please don’t hesitate to ring the Canon in Residence (07399 523 330) if you would like to speak to someone.

If you would like us to pray for a particular person or situation, please email the Sub-Dean. Please make it clear if this is a prayer request which could be shared with the wider community, as we are used to doing on our weekly notice sheet.

You can also find information about care and mental health on this page here.

Do you still need my donation?

Thank you for asking this question. We do understand that not everyone will be able to help in this uncertain climate. But if you are able to continue your giving, or to make a donation now, it will be enormously helpful.

We have limited reserves, our earned income has come to a standstill, and giving by collection plate and envelope has ceased. Whilst we have taken what steps we can to mitigate the effects of all this, including furloughing some staff, the costs of running and maintaining the Cathedral continue. As a result, we are experiencing very real financial pressures.

If you normally donate by Standing Order or Direct Debit then please do carry on as usual, if you are able to do so. If you normally donate by giving cash during a service, you might wish to consider regular giving – click here for more information.

You can also make a one-off online or text donation by clicking here.

Thank you for your support at such a difficult time.

How does this affect the Choir?

There will be no choir practices or services physically at Leicester Cathedral until further notice. However, the Choir has been keeping busy virtually!

How can I receive updates about events I’ve booked for?

Changes and important updates will be communicated to ticket holders via email.

Lunchtime concerts are cancelled going forwards and the Richard Remembered events scheduled to take place Thursday 26 to Sunday 29 March are all postponed with a view to holding them at a later date.

How can I help slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak?

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced new rules people have to follow to help tackle the coronavirus emergency:

Stay at home: no unnecessary journeys or social contact.

Only leave home for essential shopping (such as food), medical needs, and exercise.

Public gatherings of more than two people are banned – excluding people you live with.

Don’t visit other people’s houses or socialise outside your home.

Police can fine you if you don’t follow the rules.

If unwell, isolate yourself and your family.

Keep in touch with one another – by phone, video, messages or online.

Wash your hands for about 20 seconds with soap and hot water or use a sanitiser gel.

Use a tissue for coughs and sneezes, or if one is unavailable, use your sleeve.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

Tell the NHS about your current experience with coronavirus – if you have symptoms of coronavirus, use the quick NHS coronavirus status checker to tell them about your experience and help the NHS plan its response.

Further information on how to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 can be found on the NHS website

 

Care and Mental Health

Although Leicester Cathedral is temporarily closed, the Chapter remain committed to the safety and well-being of all who are in or have contact with our community.

Daily Hope

Daily Hope offers music, prayers and reflections as well as full worship services from the Church of England at the end of a telephone line.

The line – which is available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044 – has been set up particularly with those unable to join online church services during the period of restrictions in mind.

Options available include materials also available digitally by the Church of England’s Communications team such as Prayer During the Day and Night Prayer updated daily, from Common Worship, and a recording of the Church of England weekly national online service.

A section called Hymn Line offers callers a small selection of hymns, updated daily. An option entitled ‘Hymns We Love’, provides a hymn and reflection and is based on an initiative by the Connections group.

Pastoral Care

Many of us have been phoning, messaging and mailing one another. We do not have access to our database currently, and we are a little worried that some people may be out of touch and feeling it – but we’re not sure who they may be. If you think someone may not be ‘in the loop’ and/or would welcome contact from the pastoral team please do let us know – email alison.adams@leccofe.org or ring the Canon-in-Residence: 07399 523 330.

Similarly if you would like prayers for a particular person or situation, email the Sub-Dean and make it clear if this is a prayer request which could be shared with the wider community, or one to be kept private.

We are looking at ways we might possibly have a virtual prayer board online as well.

Mental Health

The Church of England have created a page on their website with information you might need for supporting your mental health at this challenging time. They have created a mental health reflections booklet with new material to provide hope, reassurance and comfort, that you can download.

The charity Mind provides confidential support for people with mental health problems.

Don’t forget you can ring Leicester Cathedral’s Canon-in-Residence on 07399 523 330.

Organisations

Whether you are concerned about yourself or a loved one, Leicester City Council have put together information about the below organisations that provide trusted information and support.

Organisation

Contact Details

NHS 111 ONLINE

Check if you coronavirus symptoms.

Website: https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19
GOV.UK

What you need to do and frequently asked questions.

Website: www.gov.uk/coronavirus
NHS

Advice for everyone on coronavirus (COVID-19).

Website: www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
Mind

Confidential support for people with mental health problems.

Phone: 0300 123 3393 (Monday to Friday, 9am-6pm)

Website: www.mind.org.uk

Samaritans

Confidential support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair.

Phone: 116 123 (free 24-hour helpline)

Website: www.samaritans.org

UAVA

Support for anyone who has been affected by domestic abuse and / or sexual violence.

Phone: 0808 80 200 28 (open from Monday to Saturday, 8am-8pm)

Text support: 07715 994 962 (text support only, calls will not be answered)

Website: www.uava.org.uk

Relate

The UK’s largest provider of relationship support.

Phone: 0300 003 0396 (Monday to Thursday, 8am-8pm / Friday, 8am-6pm)

Website: www.relate.org.uk

Age UK Leicestershire & Rutland

Confidential, free advice line which can help with anything that affects your quality of later life.

Phone: 0116 299 2239 (Monday to Friday, 9am-1pm)

Website: www.ageuk.org.uk/leics

LLEP Business Gateway Growth Hub

The Growth Hub is free and impartial advice to access business support across Leicester and Leicestershire.

Phone: 0116 366 8487 (Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm)

Website: www.bizgateway.org.uk

Richard Remembered: The Fifth Anniversary

This week marks the fifth anniversary of the reinterment of King Richard III at Leicester Cathedral.

We are unable to gather to mark this, but we can reflect on that occasion and King Richard’s legacy.

Please enjoy this video with reflection and prayer.

 

Knife Angel Visit Postponed

We regret to announce that the visit of the Knife Angel sculpture, which was due to take place during May 2020, has been postponed as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.

Plans to bring the Knife Angel to Leicester had taken place for many months, with the Cathedral working with the City Council, Leicester City Football Club, The Police and the Police and Crime Commissioner, and many others.

The Leicester Knife Angel Committee were expecting huge numbers of visitors to view the sculpture and take part in the activities that had been timetabled by the various supporter and sponsors of these events.

The Revd Alison Adams, Sub-Dean of the Cathedral said: “We are deeply disappointed to have to take this decision. Many people have worked very hard on this project and we have received generous support from a number of local companies and organisations. We are hopeful that we can secure bringing the Knife Angel to Leicester in the future so we don’t lose the valuable work that has been taking place and the connections we have made within the committee and supporters of this project so far .”

Once the current crisis is passed the organising committee hopes to arrange for the Knife Angel to come to Leicester at some time in the future. We want to take this opportunity to thank all the organisations that stepped forward to support this initiative.

Lent and Easter 2020

The Church of England has urged everyone to follow the instructions given by the Prime Minister to stay in their homes in a national effort to limit the transmission of the coronavirus (COVID-19). All Church of England churches are to close with immediate effect, including for private prayer.

Leicester Cathedral is closed for the foreseeable future, including services and events.

Online services, including Holy Week and Easter, can be found here.

We are aware this is a very difficult time and will prompt a number of further questions. We will update the Cathedral website on the Covid-19 FAQs page and issue new guidance as soon as we are able, and share through the Cathedral’s social media accounts as well. Do keep checking back.

‘You are the salt of the earth.’
Matthew 5.13

Salt is essential to human living and has many uses. For that reason, in earlier times it became as valuable as precious metals. So, when Jesus said ‘You are the salt of the earth’, what did he mean?

We shall explore this alongside Bishop Guli as she makes her Lenten pilgrimage, also called Salt of the Earth. She will visit different parts of our Diocese, finding out how communities care for and support each other, praying and giving thanks for the ‘saltiness’ of individuals and groups. Here in the Cathedral we shall also pray and give thanks – do follow where Bishop Guli is going, and join us in sending her out on Ash Wednesday.

In the Church’s year we journey through Lent, taking a clear look at the brokenness of the world and our own shortcomings, culminating in Holy Week with Jesus’ last supper, his death and resurrection. A variety of services, sermons, prayer, a study course based upon The Greatest Showman, and childrens’ activities provide opportunities to rediscover our relationship with God and who we might truly be as that salt.

We pick up other themes also, marking Poverty Sunday on 23 February and holding a Dean’s Discussion with the artist Monica Petzal, whose exhibition Dissent and Displacement is currently on show at the New Walk Museum and Gallery. We will also mark Mental Health Awareness Week. To be salt of the earth is to engage with and respond to such topics and the challenges they pose.

No surprise, therefore, that the Knife Angel sculpture comes to Cathedral Gardens in May. Events will be planned, and we particularly invite you to pray, lament and reflect with us, that as communities and as a nation we may move away from this terrible violence. We also mark the five year anniversary of King Richard III’s reinterment with special events.

Finally, to note that cathedrals across the land are collectively marking a year of cathedrals and pilgrimage. They are special places, where Christ’s light shines bright, reaching out way beyond the walls. To be salt of the earth requires us to be attuned to the wider community, actively serving them and communicating God’s love. Everyday faith. We invite you to join us in that task.

The Revd Canon Alison Adams, Canon Pastor and Sub-Dean

The Sub-Dean’s Lent and Easter Message 2020


Lent and Easter

Lent

Ash Wednesday 26 February
Eucharist (said) | 1.00pm
Choral Eucharist | 5.30pm
Both services with Imposition of Ashes. Join us as we send Bishop Guli out on her Pilgrimage during the Choral Eucharist.

Sunday 22 March | 3.00pm
Aspects of Parenthood
A meditative service of music and readings for Mothering Sunday.

Thursday 26 March | 5.30pm
Choral Evensong on the Anniversary of the Reinterment of King Richard III
All welcome.

Friday 27 March | 10.00pm
Compline by Candlelight
Part of the Cathedrals at Night events.

Sunday 29 March | 3.00pm
Choral Evensong to mark the Anniversary of the Reinterment
Admission by ticket only.

Holy Week

Palm Sunday 5 April
Eucharist | 10.30am
Today begins the most important week in the Christian calendar. We will mirror Christ’s journey by starting outside in the Cathedral area and then returning inside the building.
A Service of Music & Readings | 3.00pm
To mark the beginning of Holy Week.

Monday 6 April | 1.00pm
Holy Week Musical Meditation
Readings, poetry and music for Passiontide.

Maundy Thursday 9 April
Diocesan Chrism Eucharist | 11.00am
With the Renewal of Ordination Vows, the Celebration of Ministries and the Blessing of the Holy Oils. Bishop Guli returns to reflect on her Pilgrimage.
Eucharist of the Last Supper & Vigil | 7.30pm
Remembering the Last Supper and re-enacting the washing of the disciples’ feet.

Good Friday 10 April
The Liturgy for Good Friday | 12.00pm
A three hour devotion with prayers, hymns, music, addresses, and silence, concluding with the Passion Reading and Holy Communion from 2.00pm. Join us for all or part of the service.

Holy Saturday 11 April
Easter Vigil | 7.00pm
Easter Vigil with Baptism and Confirmation.

Easter Day 12 April
Eucharist (said) | 8.00am
Festal Eucharist | 10.30am
Festal Evensong | 3.00pm

Sunday 26 April | 3.00pm
You are the Salt of the Earth
A celebratory Evensong to recognise and give thanks for people and organisations who are the salt of our communities.


Music and Concerts

Tuesday 24 March | 7.30pm
The King’s Men
Join the close-harmony group formed from the Choral Scholars of the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, for a concert in the Cathedral held as part of their 2020 English concert tour.
Tickets: £10.00–£20.00, book via Eventbrite.

Saturday 28 March | 7.00pm
The York Waits
Performing a wide repertoire of 16th century period European music as well as their own arrangements of popular dance and ballard tunes. Part of the Richard III reinterment anniversary weekend.
Tickets: £6.00–£12.00, book via Eventbrite.


Children and Family

Saturday 7 March | 11.00am
Messy Cathedral does SCIENCE
A variety of activities and experiments for the family, using science to explore aspects of the Christian faith. Book via Eventbrite for all children and adults attending.

Saturday 28 March | All day
King Richard III Family Activities
Family activities, tours, and talks throughout the day as part of the weekend of events marking the fifth anniversary of Richard III’s reinterment. More info available soon!


Friday 27 March
Leicester Cathedral will be open for late night viewing, prayer, tours and some Richard III related short talks. Round off the evening with with Compline by Candlelight at 10.00pm.
Free admission!



To find out more about Bishop Guli’s Lent Pilgrimage around Leicestershire community and social action projects, click here.



 


Richard Remembered: Fifth Anniversary of the Reinterment of Richard III

In light of the Government guidance around non-essential contact, the Church of England has issued advice that public worship is suspended until further notice.

Leicester Cathedral is open to visitors for private prayer between 10.00am–3.30pm daily, with appropriate hygiene and physical distancing measures in place, but public services are suspended.

Events are postponed as well. We will reschedule them to a later date and if it is an event where you have purchased a ticket your ticket will remain valid. We will be in touch as soon as we have a new date.

We are aware this is a very difficult time and will prompt a number of further questions. We will update the Cathedral website on the Covid-19 FAQs page and issue new guidance as soon as we are able, and share through the Cathedral’s social media accounts as well. Do keep checking back.


On the afternoon of Sunday 29 March 2020 His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO will attend Choral Evensong at Leicester Cathedral as part of an extended weekend of talks and activities to mark the fifth anniversary of the reinterment of King Richard III in Leicester Cathedral. The Duke of Gloucester was present during the week of the reinterment and attended the service on 26 March 2015.  This service of reinterment was watched by over 600 million people across the world and was to change the narrative of medieval history forever.

The Sub Dean, The Revd Canon Alison Adams said:

“The presence in 2015 of the current Richard, Duke of Gloucester at the reinterment of the former Duke of Gloucester, King Richard III, was a poignant moment in time crossing the centuries and we are delighted The Duke will be with us to mark this special anniversary.”

As well as the invited guests, there are a limited number of tickets available for members of the public. Full details of how to apply can be found on https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/registration-for-ballot-only-5th-anniversary-of-reinterment-of-kr-iii-tickets-96628094231

The Reinterment of Richard III took place at Leicester Cathedral on March 26 2015 and the anniversary of this date will also be marked by a Choral Evensong at 5.30pm on Thursday 26 March 2020. This service will be open to any members of the public who wish to attend.


Events

What do you remember of when we reburied King Richard III? The crowds? The pageantry? The music? For me the poignancy as his coffin was lowered into its final resting place. The soils from his birthplace, where he died and his home. His prayer book, carried reverently by the current Duke of Gloucester. Whatever you remember or even if you weren’t around here then, the last weekend in March is a chance to rediscover and remember the King Richard story – the historical one and the events of five years ago. Do join us.
See the photos and share your own memories and images with #RichardRemembered and #KRIII5.
The Revd Canon Alison Adams, Sub-Dean of Leicester

Tuesday 24 March

Concert: The King’s Men | 7.30pm
Join the close-harmony group formed from the Choral Scholars of the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, for a concert in the Cathedral.
Tickets: £10.00–£20.00, book via Eventbrite

Thursday 26 March

Choral Evensong on the Anniversary | 5.30pm
All welcome to a special Choral Evensong on the day of the fifth anniversary of the reinterment. No booking required.

Friday 27 March

Cathedrals at Night | 6.00pm
This year, for the first time, every Church of England cathedral will open its doors for one very special evening.
Leicester Cathedral will host the following events and activities:

Family Tour | 6.00pm
Tales of the unexpected. A tour to include some lesser known stories about the Cathedral as well as King Richard related places. Tickets are £5.00 per family.

Looking Forward, Looking Back | 6.30pm
Richard III died in the 15th century and was finally buried in the 21st. Across time memories, real or not, have accumulated. His death was a pivotal moment for England; his reburial for Leicester. What are the main threads? What to hold on to? A free talk given by Alison Adams, the Sub-Dean.

King Richard III Tours | 8.00pm and 9.00pm
A rare chance to hear about the creative processes that went into the Pall, Tomb and Tom Denny Windows, as well as the history of Richard III. Tickets are £3.50 per person, with accompanied children under 16 free.

Compline by Candlelight | 10.00pm
A special service of Compline at the Cathedral.

Monuments of the House of York with Dr Christian Steer | 7.00pm
At The King Richard III Visitor Centre
A talk by the Hon. Visiting Fellow, University of York. Tickets are £5.00 and include a glass of wine or soft drink, available from www.kriii.com/richard-remembered

Saturday 28 March

Talk with Professor Turi King | 11.00am
As a geneticist and with the use of descendants’ DNA, Dr King was a key player in identifying the remains discovered in the car park as being those of King Richard III. Free admission, but book via Eventbrite.

The Improbability of Finding King Richard III | 1.00pm
A free talk by Mick McQuade looking at several people in history who, had they made an alternative decision to that made, would mean we would never have found Richard III. No booking required.

You are what you eat: Richard III’s diet with Dr Angela Lamb | 3.00pm
At The Richard III Visitor Centre
In their new study, experts from the British Geological Survey and the University of Leicester used an isotope analysis of the skeleton’s bones and teeth to search for further clues about Richard’s diet and lifestyle.
Ticket price included in entrance to the Visitor Centre.

Concert: The York Waits | 7.00pm
The York Waits perform a concert at the Cathedral of wide repertoire of 16th century period European music as well as their own arrangements of popular dance and ballad tunes.
Tickets: £6.00–£12.00 tickets are available from Eventbrite

Sunday 29 March

Choral Evensong to mark the Fifth Anniversary of the Reinterment of King Richard III
In the presence of HRH The Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO. Ticketed admission only.


All events are at Leicester Cathedral and free to attend, unless otherwise stated. If you have any questions, please contact the Cathedral Office.

Lunchtime Concerts | Spring 2020

The Church of England has urged everyone to follow the instructions given by the Prime Minister to stay in their homes in a national effort to limit the transmission of the coronavirus (COVID-19). All Church of England churches are to close with immediate effect, including for private prayer.

Leicester Cathedral is closed for the foreseeable future, including services and events.

We will aim to reschedule events to a later date. We will be in touch as soon as we have a new date.

We are aware this is a very difficult time and will prompt a number of further questions. We will update the Cathedral website on the Covid-19 FAQs page and issue new guidance as soon as we are able, and share through the Cathedral’s social media accounts as well. Do keep checking back.


Please note the concert on Monday 20 January has had to be postponed. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Details correct at time of publication. Please note that performers could change at short notice.

Pilgrimage in a Day

The British Pilgrimage Trust have created day pilgrimages for all cathedrals to mark this 2020 year of pilgrimage. See below for details on the Leicester Cathedral Pilgrimage in a Day.

Leicester Cathedral Pilgrimage in a Day – 8 or 11 miles. This pilgrimage route has a royal theme connecting the start and end points. The young prince St Wigstan was martyred in 849AD, the church in Wistow marking the place where he was slain. The royal blood that was shed reputedly causes human hair to grow among the grass in the churchyard on 1 June, the anniversary of his death, a 12th century legend that speaks volumes of the medieval imagination. The pilgrimage heads north through fields, passing the medieval church of St Luke’s, before emerging into Leicester’s suburbs and the final stretch into the city centre past memorials to another royal victim of bloodshed, or before taking a pleasant canal-side route almost all the way into the city centre (depending on which route you take). Emerging on to the streets for the final stretch into the city centre, pilgrims will pass past memorials to another royal victim of bloodshed. King Richard III’s remains were uncovered in a car park in 2012, and reverently buried in the nearby Leicester Cathedral in 2015, where his tomb can be visited today.

In collaboration with the British Pilgrimage Trust, this route was created by Nick Mayhew-Smith, author of ‘The Naked Hermit‘, and Britain’s Holiest Places. 

To download the route onto your phone, go to the Trust’s website here: https://britishpilgrimage.org/portfolio/leicester-cathedral-pilgrimage-in-a-day/