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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.

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

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Friday, 17 August 2018 - Friday, 17 August 2018

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Thursday, 19 July 2018 - Thursday, 19 July 2018

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Saturday, 24 November 2018 - Saturday, 24 November 2018

Sally BarkerSally Barker + Chris Conway & Dan Britton + Andy Griffiths
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Saturday, 18 August 2018 - Saturday, 18 August 2018

Gerald Dickens: The Signalman and Dr Marigold
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Friday, 10 August 2018 - Friday, 10 August 2018

Dead Leicester at the GuildhallDead Leicester at the Guildhall
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Sunday, 7 October 2018 - Sunday, 7 October 2018

Mrs Oscar WildeMrs Oscar Wilde
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Sunday, 22 July 2018 - Sunday, 22 July 2018

Richard Pulsford - Conflict of InterestRichard Pulsford - Conflict of Interest
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Wednesday, 22 August 2018 - Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Steve Cartwright: In ConcertSteve Cartwright: In Concert
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Tuesday, 21 August 2018 - Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Pottery PaintingPottery Painting - Summer Fun!
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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

Graham Fellows - Completely Out of CharacterGraham Fellows - Completely Out of Character
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Friday, 24 August 2018 - Friday, 24 August 2018

Beastly Monsters and Monstrous BeastsBeastly Monsters and Monstrous Beasts
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Friday, 24 August 2018 - Friday, 24 August 2018

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Wednesday, 8 August 2018 - Wednesday, 8 August 2018

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Thursday, 16 August 2018 - Sunday, 19 August 2018

The 1000 Years ShowThe 1000 Years Show
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Monday, 27 August 2018 - Monday, 27 August 2018

The 1000 Years HOUR ShowThe 1000 Years HOUR Show
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Sunday, 9 September 2018 - Sunday, 9 September 2018

The Guildhall Wedding FairThe Guildhall Wedding Fair
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Thursday, 9 August 2018 - Thursday, 9 August 2018

Medieval Mayhem – Meet the Plague Doctor!Medieval Mayhem – Meet the Plague Doctor!
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Thursday, 2 August 2018 - Thursday, 2 August 2018

Knights & Princesses!Knights & Princesses!
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Sunday, 19 August 2018 - Sunday, 19 August 2018

Gloriana - Medieval Fun Day for all The FamilyGloriana - Medieval Fun Day for all The Family
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Thursday, 16 August 2018 - Thursday, 16 August 2018

Prison doorCops and Robbers
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Thursday, 26 July 2018 - Thursday, 26 July 2018

Unicorns & DragonsUnicorns & Dragons
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