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Newarke Houses Museum & Gardens

The Newarke, Leicester LE2 7BY , England
+44 116 225 4980
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Ranked #7 of 53 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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4 reviews 4 reviews
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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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Oakham
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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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Taunton, Somerset
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

I've been visiting Leicester for over 20 years and can't believe I've only just visited this museum, it's not as well publicised as the New Walk gallery and museum so have missed out on it over the year. The staff gave a nice welcome when we arrived at the museum, it's well laid out with the history of Leicester in... More

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

A truly lovely little museum, with really interesting bits and pieces. There is a little mock village that you can walk around and it is very sweet! Definitely recommend.

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

I haved lived in Leicester for nearly 30 years and not realised what an excellent museum this is. I came to see the history of Ugandan Asians settling in Leicester but there is so much more. An excellent way to bring history to life by telling stories through local events and people. I really learnt a lot.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014 via mobile

This museum is more of a local treasure than a worldly museum. I just about had enough time to go in before heading back home to London. I enjoyed the history of stocking, the world's heaviest man and the history of Indians migration from Uganda to Leicester the best. The upstairs is a regimental museum and looks at the history... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

Came here due to it being a cold day and there wasnt much to do and was really impressed with the museum and how much was inside!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

Visited here with my Mum & Dad who are both well into their 80's and as it was Half Term there were lots of families with children enjoying it too. There is lots of interesting things to see and do for all ages, it is over two floors and there are lifts. We were surprised at how much is in... More

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