King Richard III's Tomb
In the east side of Leicester Cathedral sits Richard III’s tomb, made out of Swaledale fossil stone which polishes to a fine finish and immortalises fossilised creatures within it. The deep cross-shaped cut in the stone allows lights to flow through it as a reminder that death is not the end. The tomb is designed to help visitors reflect on the story of the English king and on key Christian themes.
Richard III’s remains are laid in a lead ossuary which is placed in a coffin made from English oak. The coffin was placed in a brick-lined vault before the tomb stone sealed it closed.
There is an interesting tour covering the cathedral history and Richard III’s tomb on offer for £5.00 per person.
Facilities: Wheelchair access is available at the South door and ramps are placed within the Cathedral building at strategic points.
Opening Times: Normal entry times to visit as a tourist or to see the tomb of King Richard III are:
Monday – Saturday: 10.00am – 5.00pm
Sunday: 12.30pm – 2.30pm
Open for prayer and worship from:
Monday – Saturday: 8.00am – 6.00pm
Sunday: 8.00am – 4.00pm
Costs: Free entrance.
For further information please visit: http://leicestercathedral.org/visiting-king-richards-tomb