King Richard III exhibition receives award


The King Richard III Visitor Centre (Picture by Barbara Uzoigwe)

By Barbara Uzoigwe

The team at the King Richard III visitor centre in Leicester are celebrating after being awarded a VisitEngland accolade.

After the annual assessment by VisitEngland, the centre, which displays King Richard III’s remains, has been recognised for its unique storytelling.

VisitEngland Director Andrew Stokes said in a statement: “It is…really fantastic to see these accolades recognising the work of those employees, managers and owners who make sure that all who pass through their doors have a truly memorable experience.”

The accolades celebrate the satisfaction from the visitors and also businesses about the centre where the staff go above and beyond ensuring visitors have a great day out.

Ian Gordon, the director of the King Richard III visitor centre, said: “We are happy to receive such an award. We do our best to share the incredible story.”

He added: “We love sharing our stories to our visitors so it feels good to receive recognition for the way we tell stories.”

The discovery of the last Plantagenet king underneath a Leicester car park back in 2012 is a story that Leicester is very proud of.

Leicester City Mayor, Sir Peter Soulsby, has said: “The King Richard III exhibit certainly tells the story in a brilliant way.”

It has been seven years since the discovery and many would agree that the award is one that is well deserved.

Local residents and visitors are encouraged to come and see the exhibition for themselves.

The centre is in St Martin Street and is open from 10am-4pm Mondays to Fridays and Sundays, and until 5pm on Saturdays and Bank Holidays.

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