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Newarke Houses Museum & Gardens

The Newarke, Leicester LE2 7BY , England
+44 116 225 4980
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Ranked #8 of 57 Attractions in Leicester
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Gardens, Museums
Owner description: Newarke Houses Museum is composed of two historic houses, Wygston's Chantry House and Skeffington House and tells the story of contemporary Leicester... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

This is an excellent place to start knowing more about this beautiful city, you can learn more about the ancient times and through the time how the city has changed. Start walking around newarke house then finish with the museum. Very recommended when you visit this city.

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

The Newarke Houses Museum is made up of Wygston Chantry House and Skeffington House. Two historic building with differing backgrounds. Together they house a small and interesting museum of the history of Leicester and particularly the Royal Leicester Regiment. The museum has recently been refurbished thanks to grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Leicester City Council and the Royal Leicestershire... More

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

I have lived in Leicester all my life and had never been here. I visited with three children - 13,11 and 10 in July and we had a great time. Loved the history of Leicester and sitting on the old Odeon chairs and the dressing up was fun! There is also a little garden outside to eat a picnic. The... More

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

This place is certainly worth taking a look around, the exhibits are varied and should suit everyone, from toys to military. Leicester remembers the character of Danny Lambert and tells the story of how Leicester has coped with structural and cultural changes over the years.

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Northampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

We hadn't visited for a while and liked the "new look". Exhibits are well displayed with lots to stimulate family discussions. Glad they have kept the street scene and Daniel Lambert exhibition which the kids loved. Very good Regimental Museum area. The replica WW1 trench was excellent, but the four year old in our party was worried he would get... More

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Luxor, Egypt
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Found this a very interesting Museum, Social & industrial History of Leicester. it is in easy reach from the city centre, well worth visiting.

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

Lovely little hidden museum that has all of Leicesters treasures in with no fee. Lovely people and some of them are volunteers and real experts! . Love it

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Leicester, East Midlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

There is lots to see and do here and also plenty for children to see. An extremely enjoyable day out. If you want somewhere to take children to keep them busy, this is the place. They have a good collection of old toys and fashions and it's very interesting to see how people used to live many years ago.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

We really enjoyed our visit with our nearly 3 year old! Informative section about the history on Leicester and fun mock shops. The Easter bunny hunt in the garden was the highlight as the garden was so quiet and well looked after. Worth a visit for kids or adults. We did not go upstairs so could not comment on that.

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Leicester
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

A very enjoyable afternoon at Newarke House with my 9 year old who loves to sit at home on his PS3 on a weekend. He enjoyed dressing up as a soldier and was mesmerized by the number of medals on display. Take your kids even if they oppose to it, once there I am sure they would enjoy it and... More

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