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Newarke Houses Museum & Gardens

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Address: The Newarke, Leicester LE2 7BY , England
Phone Number: +44 116 225 4980
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Description: Newarke Houses Museum is composed of two historic houses, Wygston's...
Newarke Houses Museum is composed of two historic houses, Wygston's Chantry House and Skeffington House and tells the story of contemporary Leicester and the history of the Royal Leicestershire Regiment. The museum displays include a cinema experience, a collection of toys from Tudor to present day and a play area for children to try various games. Find out more about Leicester's famous son Daniel Lambert and visit a 1950s street scene inspired by Wharf Street that includes the Jolly Angler public house, a grocer and a pawnbroker, with sounds and conversations from the times. Discover more about the story of Leicester at War. Through personal stories find out about the home front and the history of the Regiment, including a recreation of a First World War trench with sound and lighting. Through oral histories, archive film, computer interactives and collections discover the histories of Newarke Houses, the surrounding historic area and contemporary Leicester.
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A wonderful history of Leicester and more

This museum has it all. From the medieval street to the military history section. This is a must for anyone with inquisitive children. A number of Terence Cuneo paintings on... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 13, 2015
Terry S
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Leicester, England, United Kingdom
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Leicester, England, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

This museum has it all. From the medieval street to the military history section. This is a must for anyone with inquisitive children. A number of Terence Cuneo paintings on display. See who can be the first to find the mouse hidden in each one.

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
16 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

This is quite an interesting museum, with displays explaining the history of Leicester from a social perspective, including a replica city street containing different types of shops and a beer-house. The museum itself is in a 16th century building, and also houses the museum of the Royal Leicestershire Regiment. There is a pleasant garden at the rear of the building.

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York, United Kingdom
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51 reviews 51 reviews
31 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

What a little gem - lots of rooms giving insight into the social history of Leicester, well set out and very informative and free as well. Highly recommended

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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

This has changed so much in the past 2 years, and it is fab!!!! However, I wouldn't recommend just coming to Leicester to visit this.......

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

Two good exhibits worth checking out . A very nice mock up of old England too. worth a visit for young and old

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Udine, Italy
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32 reviews 32 reviews
8 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

There's not a whole lot to see but it's enjoyable and interesting. The two houses (Chantry House and Skeffington House) are joint together (I didn't realize it at first) and host a war exibit, a 1950's street recreation (with a couple of shops and a pub with period miscellaneous objects), a Tudor dining room, Daniel Lambert chair and cloths (a... More 

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Rockwood
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26 reviews 26 reviews
10 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

This museum has been around for over 100 years but is clearly trying to remain current and interesting.

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leicester
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

If in Leicester try to visit the museum as it has some lovely exhibits.Very close to the old castle though nothing apart from the hall and gateway remain, though you can still climb the hill where the castle once stood

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Ottawa, Canada
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Interesting museum, although the staff were not very "with it". A printed brochure would be very helpful.

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Deal, United Kingdom
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137 reviews 137 reviews
47 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

A very goodmuseum especially the old shops and bar you can walk in, and then a commentry starts. If you wish to know how Leicester evolved yhen please visit. It is worth it.

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