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The Guildhall - See & Do in Leicester

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The Guildhall


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.

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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)
Monday - Sunday11:00 - 16:30
Bank Holiday11:00 - 16:30

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



Saturday, 1 December 2018 - Sunday, 2 December 2018

Guildhall Christmas Craft FairGuildhall Christmas Craft Fair
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Saturday, 24 November 2018 - Saturday, 24 November 2018

Sally BarkerSally Barker + Chris Conway & Dan Britton + support Andy Griffiths
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Saturday, 17 November 2018 - Saturday, 17 November 2018

Graham Fellows - Completely Out of CharacterGraham Fellows - Completely Out of Character
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Friday, 23 November 2018 - Friday, 23 November 2018

Kitty MacfarlaneKitty Macfarlane
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Tuesday, 11 December 2018 - Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Belshazzar's Feast
Belshazzar's Feast
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Sunday, 18 November 2018 - Sunday, 18 November 2018

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

Tannahill Weavers
Tannahill Weavers
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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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Friday, 29 March 2019 - Friday, 29 March 2019

The Askew SistersThe Askew Sisters
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Sunday, 18 November 2018 - Sunday, 18 November 2018

Victorian Crime & PunishmentVictorian Crime & Punishment
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Wednesday, 12 December 2018 - Wednesday, 12 December 2018

O'Hooley & Tidow WinterFolk TourO'Hooley & Tidow WinterFolk Tour
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Thursday, 13 December 2018 - Thursday, 13 December 2018

Festive Wreath MakingChristmas Wreath Making
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Sunday, 16 December 2018 - Sunday, 16 December 2018

A Christmas Carol in Concert
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Wednesday, 5 December 2018 - Wednesday, 5 December 2018

A Warning to the CuriousA Warning to the Curious
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Sunday, 25 November 2018 - Sunday, 25 November 2018

Christmas Pottery Painting
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Sunday, 9 December 2018 - Sunday, 9 December 2018

A Muppets Christmas Carol!The Muppets Christmas Carol!
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Sunday, 9 December 2018 - Sunday, 9 December 2018

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Sunday, 9 December 2018 - Sunday, 9 December 2018

It's a Wonderful Life (1946)It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
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