Richard III visitor centre a top world attraction for 2015

Lonely Planet says the Leicester museum a must-visit in 2015

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Richard iii's visitor centre set to be one of world's top visitor attractions, says Lonely Planet


The new King Richard III Visitor Centre in Leicester has been chosen as one of the world's hottest new attractions for 2015 by travel guide company Lonely Planet.

The £4 million centre has opened following the unearthing of the remains of the king, who died in the Battle of Bosworth in 1485.

The centre features in a list of 26 of the "world's hottest new experiences for 2015" in an ebook published by Lonely Planet. Words: PA

Lonely Planet's destination editor for Great Britain James Smart said: "The discovery of the remains of Richard III captured the world's attention in 2013 and the recently opened state-of-the-art visitor centre is a must-visit for history fans.

"This attraction, dedicated to one of our most legendary monarchs, truly puts Leicester on the map for anyone interested in England's dramatic past."

Richard iii's visitor centre set to be one of world's top visitor attractions, says Lonely Planet

There are two other British Isles entries in the 26-strong list and both are associated with alcohol.

The Smithwick's Experience visitor attraction in Kilkenny in Ireland celebrates the country's oldest beer.

The other entry highlights Britain's gin and whisky industry. Mentioned in the ebook is the Bombay Sapphire Gin Distillery at Laverstoke near Whitchurch in Hampshire, as well as the East London Liquor Company bar and distillery making and distributing gin, rum and whisky at Bow Wharf.

Two Scottish whisky sites are also mentioned - the Ardnamurchan Distillery on the shores of Loch Sunart in the Western Highlands and the Isle of Harris Distillers in the Western Isles.

Other entries include the One World Observatory, which is opening in spring this year at the 1,776ft high One World Trade Centre building erected on the site of the towers destroyed in the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York.

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