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The Guildhall


The Guildhall

Leicester is privileged to have one of the best-preserved timber framed halls in the country dating back 600 years.

The History of the Guildhall

The Guildhall is a historic building and the oldest building still in use in the city. It was Leicester’s first police station and between 1876 and the 1900’s and saw many unsavoury characters pass through its doors.

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 businessmen and gentry) and it’s also believed that Shakespeare performed here during Tudor times. 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.

The Guildhall Ghosts

Leicester’s Guildhall is known as the cities most haunted building having appeared in various television programmes, such as the well-known television show ‘Most Haunted’. There are known to be five ghosts in residence, including the mysterious white lady who makes her presence felt in the library. Although there are some that believe it’s not a white lady but a monk dressed in grey, which might be explained by the fact that there used to be the Old Grey Friars Monastery only 300 yards from the Guildhall.

There have also been sightings of a phantom dog and black cat ghost which have been seen in the courtyard and the Great Hall respectively.

If you dare, why not book yourself onto one of the haunted evenings held at the Guildhall, where you might just get up close and personal with a ghost!

Guildhall Today

Today, the Guildhall is best known as an excellent performance venue, attracting acts from across the country. It’s also known 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, Leicestershire, LE1 5FQ

Tel: +44 (0)116 2532569

Opening Times

Opening hours: (1 Jan 2017 - 1 Jan 2020)
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



Monday, 23 December 2019 - Monday, 23 December 2019

A Christmas Carol - Gerald DickensA Christmas Carol - Gerald Dickens
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Saturday, 2 November 2019 - Saturday, 2 November 2019

Dead Men's EyesDead Men's Eyes
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Saturday, 2 November 2019 - Saturday, 2 November 2019

A Pleasing TerrorA Pleasing Terror
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Sunday, 13 October 2019 - Sunday, 13 October 2019

Burying The Dead By Peter LiddleBurying The Dead By Peter Liddle
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Saturday, 9 November 2019 - Saturday, 9 November 2019

Bauhaus 100 Years - Anni Albers Styled Jewellery WorkshopBauhaus 100 Years - Anni Albers Styled Jewellery Workshop
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Sunday, 29 September 2019 - Sunday, 29 September 2019

Monoprinting The GuildhallMonoprinting The Guildhall
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Friday, 4 October 2019 - Friday, 4 October 2019

An Evening with SuAndiAn Evening with SuAndi
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Wednesday, 23 October 2019 - Wednesday, 23 October 2019

Don't go into the Cellar - The Talking DeadThe Talking Dead
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Tuesday, 17 December 2019 - Tuesday, 17 December 2019

Don't go into the Cellar Another Xmas CarolDon't go into the Cellar Another Xmas Carol
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Wednesday, 30 October 2019 - Wednesday, 30 October 2019

Nosferatu & Dmytro Morykit in Concert on a boatNosferatu & Dmytro Morykit in Concert
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Tuesday, 12 November 2019 - Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Bella Hardy Photo Kate ChappellBella Hardy 'Postcards & Pocketbooks' Album Tour at The Guildhalll
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Sunday, 6 October 2019 - Sunday, 6 October 2019

The Red BalloonThe Red Balloon
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Sunday, 20 October 2019 - Sunday, 20 October 2019

Robert LaneRobert Lane
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Friday, 27 September 2019 - Friday, 27 September 2019

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Saturday, 5 October 2019 - Saturday, 5 October 2019

elephant manMr Merrick - The Elephant Man
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Friday, 22 November 2019 - Friday, 22 November 2019

The Blues Duo
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Saturday, 23 November 2019 - Saturday, 23 November 2019

Band with guitar alongside singerRuth Notman + Chris Conway & Dan Britton
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