Leicester Cathedral's Journey of Renewal

Leicester Cathedral's Journey of Renewal

A photo of the inside of Leicester Cathedral during a service, taken from a high perspective within the building
Leicester Cathedral reopened for Advent and Christmas services in 2023. Credit: Leicester Cathedral.

Heritage Grants

Date awarded
Local Authority
The Cathedral Church of St Martin, Leicester
Award Given
The Leicester Cathedral Revealed project is blending tradition with innovation to rejuvenate this much-loved place of worship and welcome.

Our funding is helping to protect the historic building and interpret and share its heritage. Flexibility has been built into Leicester Cathedral's spaces, enhancing its function as a cultural venue while maintaining its sacred atmosphere.

The transformation has improved the cathedral's lighting and decoration, and installed an accessible, environmentally-friendly heated limestone floor. The new floor respects the cathedral's historic setting and better meets the needs of the cathedral and its visitors.

The final phase of the project is a Heritage Learning Centre joined to the cathedral, which will open in late summer 2024. This multi-purpose space will be a hub for reflection and engagement, housing an interactive exhibition and dedicated learning and community area.

Our funding has also supported:

  • repairs to crumbling stonework, including restoring parapets and rebuilding buttresses and facing stones
  • adding new grotesques, carved to look like creatures with local associations or significance
  • building capacity and recruiting and training staff and volunteers to deliver an activity programme to welcome broader audiences
A photo taken inside Leicester Cathedral showing the altar, pulpit, lectern and the building's architecture including stone arches and columns

Leicester Cathedral was recently featured on the BBC TV show Digging for Britain (segment begins at 49 minutes).

The Reverend Canon Karen Rooms, Acting Dean of Leicester, said: “We are restoring and renewing Leicester Cathedral so that it can be its very best as a place of worship, heritage, pilgrimage, hospitality, learning, sanctuary and celebration."

Robyn Llewellyn, Director, England, Midlands & East at The National Lottery Heritage Fund, said: "Thanks to National Lottery players, visitors from far and wide will be able to visit the cathedral and see the fantastic conservation work and improvements that have been undertaken."

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