Castle history

With nearly 1,000 years history, from its origination in Norman times to its closure as a courthouse in 1992, the evolution of this remarkable building plays a significant role in the story of our city. Having hosted kings, poets, parliaments and famous trials we are proud that Leicester Castle Business School, created by De Montfort University, is now able to take residence in the historic great hall.

The Great Hall is thought to be the oldest surviving aisled and bay-divided timber hall in Britain today and dates back to around 1150, so students really will be learning in a historic environment as the building serves as the base for Leicester Castle Business School.

Professor Dana Brown, Principal of the Business School says having the castle as the school’s headquarters is a particularly exciting opportunity.

She said, “We have had the chance to restore a historic building to tell the public and future business leaders a little more about the history and to create an environment for learning that is truly unique.”

You can read more in-depth history below:

Part 1: Tracing 1,000 years of history at Leicester Castle
Part 2: Rebellion, revelry and royalty
Part 3: Trials and tribulations

Did you know?

That the poet Geoffrey Chaucer, author of the Canterbury Tales, is thought to have married in the Church adjacent to the castle, St Mary de Castro in 1366.