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The Guildhall - See & Do in Leicester

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The Guildhall

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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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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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