We feel that, despite being an excellent area full of lovely towns and villages, Leicestershire is a very underrated part of the UK. You'll find lots of pretty towns with interesting history, and Market Bosworth is a great example of that. With Georgian architecture and a charming market town atmosphere, Market Bosworth is a lovely place to visit. We wanted to publish a guide for anyone planning to visit the town in 2023, let's get into it:
Where is Market Bosworth?
Market Bosworth is located in the county of Leicestershire in the East Midlands region of England. Situated amidst rolling countryside, it is approximately 12 miles west of the city of Leicester. The town is nestled near the Warwickshire border and offers easy access to surrounding picturesque villages, historic sites, and natural landscapes. It evolved as a market town, having been granted a Royal Charter for fairs and markets in 1285.
What is there to do during your time in Market Bosworth?
Market Bosworth is quite small, but you'll still find quite a bit to see and do during your visit, here are some of the highlights:
Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre
Immerse yourself in history at the Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre. Here you can learn about the famous Battle of Bosworth, where King Richard III met his end, through interactive exhibits, guided tours, and reenactments. The staff here are really friendly and knowledgeable, and the centre is ideal for all ages. It currently costs less than £9 per ticket for an adult and a family of 4 can get into the centre for less than £30. Learn more and plan your visit here - bosworthbattlefield.org.uk
Take a leisurely stroll along the tranquil Bosworth Marina, which is especially enjoyable on a sunny day. Here you can enjoy the scenic views of the canal boats and soak in the peaceful atmosphere. There are also opportunities for boating and fishing in the area if you want to get involved. You can hire a boat which might sound a bit scary to a newbie, but The Ashby Canal is very tranquil and is a lockless canal which means it is ideal for novice boaters. Learn more here - bosworthmarina.co.uk
Visit Market Bosworth Country Park
Take a leisurely stroll or enjoy a picnic at the beautiful Market Bosworth Country Park. The park features picturesque walking trails, a lovely small lake with ducks, and abundant wildlife. There are also bird feeding stations which allow you to get up close and personal with some interesting species. It's the perfect spot to unwind and connect with nature. Learn more here - leicscountryparks.org.uk
Ride on the Market Bosworth Railways
If you're a train geek, then getting the chance to step back in time and enjoy a nostalgic train ride on the Market Bosworth Railways is highly recommended. Here you can experience the charm of vintage steam and diesel locomotives as you travel through the picturesque countryside. The Battlefield Line runs from Shackerstone via Market Bosworth to Shenton, and is very enjoyable to travel along. An adult ticket is less than £15 and a child ticket is half of that, so it's very reasonably priced.
Learn more here - battlefieldline.co.uk
Visit St Peter's Church
We'd highly recommend that you visit the historic St. Peter's Church, a Grade I listed building dating back to the 14th century. The architecture is stunning and there is so much to appreciate, including its remarkable spire. If you enter the church, you can explore the intriguing history and stories associated with the building. The graveyard is also interesting to explore. The church is within the grounds of Bosworth Hall, another very impressive building which is now used as a hotel.
Visit Twycross Zoo
Just a short drive from Market Bosworth, Twycross Zoo is a must-visit for animal (and Safari) lovers. Home to over 500 animals, including primates, big cats, and elephants, the zoo offers an opportunity to observe and learn about a wide range of fascinating species. Learn more here - twycrosszoo.org
How to get to Market Bosworth?
To reach Market Bosworth, there are several transportation options available depending on how you like to travel. If traveling by car, Market Bosworth is conveniently located near the A444 and A447 roads. The nearest train station is Nuneaton, which is approximately 8 miles away, and from there, a bus or taxi can be taken to Market Bosworth. Bus services also operate in the area, connecting Market Bosworth to neighboring towns and cities.