Submitted by Paula Guy on Wed, 15/08/2012 - 12:28
Remains of Kirby Muxloe Castle
Today we started out in the direction of Kirby Muxloe, a small village situated on the outskirts of Leicester, we were heading for the ruins of the 14th century castle. The castle here was never completed as the person responsible for it, Lord Hastings, was dramatically seized and executed by Richard III in 1483 and his family didn’t continue to complete it. The moated remains consist of a gatehouse, a corner tower and parts of the old mansion. Nowadays it is in the care of English Heritage and being members, entrance is free for us. If you are coming from overseas to England for any length of time, you can get an overseas visitors pass (currently for 9 or 16 days) to gain free entry to many of the English Heritage properties, which is great value if you plan on visiting a number of the bigger castles or stately homes http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/overseas-visitor-pass/
Kirby Muxloe is a fairly small property compared to others that English Heritage own and it doesn’t take very long to look around the ruin. After we had explored and walked around the moated area we got our picnic and blanket from the car and sat in the grounds eating lunch. It’s nice to take a look at if you are in the area or want to spend time there relaxing and eating a picnic, otherwise it’s not really big enough to warrant a special trip.