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The Guildhall - See & Do in Leicester

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The Guildhall

About

The Guildhall

Leicester is privileged in having one of the best preserved timber framed halls in the country, dating back 600 years.

The Great Hall itself was built in about 1390 as a meeting place for the Guild of Corpus Christi (a small but powerful group of businessman and gentry). Over the years it has had many uses, including housing one of the oldest public libraries and serving as the Town Hall. After restoration, the Guildhall was opened to the public as a museum in 1926.

Today, the Guildhall is best known as an excellent performance venue, attracting acts from across the country, and as a museum where visitors can step back in time and come face to face with Crankie Gemmie and Emma Smith, two of Leicester's notorious pick-pockets who can be found lurking in the Victorian police cells. The museum is also home to the Medieval Leicester galleries. Through objects and activities, visitors can walk the streets of medieval Leicester and uncover a world both familiar and very different to our own!

The Guildhall is available for private hire and is a historic and atmospheric venue for weddings, civil ceremonies, renewing wedding vows and naming ceremonies.

Looking for ideas to keep the kids entertained this summer? Pick up your Arts Award Space Explorer pack from Leicester Museums and complete the activities to win awards!

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Visitor Details

Key Information

Guildhall Lane, Leicester, LE1 5FQ

Tel: +44 (0)116 2532569

Opening Times

Opening hours (1 Jan 2016 - 1 Jan 2019)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday11:00 - 16:30
Bank Holiday11:00 - 16:30

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Saturday, 24 November 2018 - Saturday, 24 November 2018

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Sunday, 7 October 2018 - Sunday, 7 October 2018

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Sunday, 14 October 2018 - Sunday, 14 October 2018

Lady MaiseryLady Maisery
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Saturday, 17 November 2018 - Saturday, 17 November 2018

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Thursday, 25 October 2018 - Thursday, 25 October 2018

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Friday, 23 November 2018 - Friday, 23 November 2018

Kitty MacfarlaneKitty Macfarlane
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Friday, 5 October 2018 - Friday, 5 October 2018

Harri EndersbyHarri Endersby
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Tuesday, 2 October 2018 - Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Edward Lear - Stuff and NonsenseEdward Lear - Stuff and Nonsense
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Sunday, 30 September 2018 - Sunday, 30 September 2018

Donna Scott - KebabbleDonna Scott - Kebabble
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Wednesday, 26 September 2018 - Wednesday, 26 September 2018

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Saturday, 20 October 2018 - Saturday, 20 October 2018

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Thursday, 11 October 2018 - Thursday, 11 October 2018

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Wednesday, 31 October 2018 - Wednesday, 31 October 2018

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Saturday, 6 October 2018 - Saturday, 6 October 2018

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Sunday, 28 October 2018 - Sunday, 28 October 2018

Disney's Coco (PG) - Halloween Films at The Guildhall
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Sunday, 28 October 2018 - Sunday, 28 October 2018

Carry on Screaming (PG) - Halloween Films at The Haunted Hall
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Sunday, 28 October 2018 - Sunday, 28 October 2018

The Old Dark House (PG) - Halloween Films at The Haunted Hall
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Wednesday, 3 October 2018 - Wednesday, 3 October 2018

WORD! Presents: JOHN HEGLEY: NEW & SELECTED POETATOS
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Tuesday, 11 December 2018 - Tuesday, 11 December 2018

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Sunday, 18 November 2018 - Sunday, 18 November 2018

Chris Wood
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Friday, 30 November 2018 - Friday, 30 November 2018

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Sunday, 23 December 2018 - Sunday, 23 December 2018

A Christmas Carol - Gerald DickensA Christmas Carol - Gerald Dickens
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Wednesday, 3 October 2018 - Wednesday, 3 October 2018

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