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Newarke Houses Museum & Gardens - See & Do in Leicester

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Newarke Houses Museum & Gardens

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Newarke Houses Museum & Gardens

Newarke Houses Museum and Gardens dates back six hundred years and is a Grade 2 listed building situated near to the City Centre next door to De Montfort University campus. It incorporates the Museum of the Royal Leicestershire Regiment.

Composed of two historic houses, Wygston's Chantry House and Skeffington House, Newarke Houses Museum tells the story of contemporary Leicester and the history of the Royal Leicestershire Regiment.

The museum displays include a cinema experience, a collection of toys from Tudor times to present day and a play area for children to try various games.

You can find out more about Leicester’s famous son Daniel Lambert at the museum where several of his possessions are on display at the museum. Daniel Lambert became one of Leicester’s famous icons as Britain’s largest man. Visit a 1950s street scene – inspired by Wharf Street – which includes the Jolly Angler public house, a grocer and a pawnbroker, with sounds and conversations from the time.

Discover more about the story of Leicester at war. Through personal stories learn about the home front and the history of the regiment, including a recreation of a First World War trench with sound and lighting.

Over the centuries, Newarke Houses has had many lives, having been used as houses for notable Leicester gentry and merchants such as William Wyggeston. In 1645 it was involved in the Siege of Leicester and has also been used as a school for boys. It was opened to the public in 1953 as a museum.

Through oral histories, archive film, interactives exhibits and collections, discover the histories of Newarke Houses, the surrounding historic area and contemporary Leicester.

Admissions is FREE

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Visitor Details

Key Information

The Newarke, Leicester, LE2 7BY

Tel: +44 (0)116 2254980

Opening Times

Opening hours (1 Jan 2019 - 21 Dec 2020)
DayTimes
Monday - Saturday10:00 - 16:00
Sunday11:00 - 16:00

* The Museum will be closed on December 24, 25, 26, 31, and 1st of January

Regular opening hours apply during the Christmas Period, with the exception of December 30 - Open from 11am until 4pm.

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Establishment Features

  • Conference facilities

Payment Methods

  • All major credit/debit cards accepted

Venue Facilities

  • Shop

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