Visit Market Bosworth: Places to stay, things to do

Head into the heart of rural Leicestershire for a date with history, aquatic sports and steam rides. Nick Peers flies the flag for the Yorkist cause


Why go there?
Historians with a keen interest in the Wars of the Roses will be drawn by Market Bosworth’s proximity to the battlefield where the wars ended with death of Richard III. The Battlefield Heritage Centre and Country Park is situated just south of the town, but those looking for some exercise should head east to Market Bosworth Country Park, where the 80 acres of parkland, includes a lake, arboretum and wildlife pond for younger visitors.
Fancy a trip on a steam railway? The Shackerstone Steam Railway has a 5-mile line that starts north-west of Market Bosworth. And if you’re of a more energetic bent, check out the leisure and water park run by the Bosworth Water Trust, which offers sailing, surfing, kayaking and fishing on its 20-acre lake.
Market Bosworth itself has a rich history stretching back to the 13th century, and also saw a lot of action during the Civil War, although it’s inevitably linked to the fall of the last Yorkist king. The best place to soak up this history is in the town’s Market Place, a conservation area boasting buildings from a number of periods.


Where to stay
Bosworth Hall Hotel & Spa is the perfect choice for your stay: Bosworth Hall is a grade II-listed mansion dating back to the 17th century and is set in 11 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens. It’s situated just east of Market Bosworth and has 192 rooms available, with prices starting from just £60 per night on a room-only basis (book in advance; breakfast is available for just £5 extra).

Where to eat
The Black Horse Restaurant, in the heart of Market Bosworth, serves a variety of menus, including an expensive a la carte menu in the evening. The superb the set dinner menu, offers two courses for a very reasonable £12.95.


Tell us a local secret
Dr Samuel Johnson, who wrote the first English dictionary, spent a short time teaching at the Dixie Grammar School in Market Bosworth after poverty had forced him to abandon his studies at Oxford.