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Newarke Houses Museum & Gardens

Address: The Newarke, Leicester LE2 7BY , England
Phone Number: +44 116 225 4980
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Ranked #3 of 45 Attractions in Leicester
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Gardens, Museums, Nature & Parks
Owner description: Newarke Houses Museum is composed of two historic houses, Wygston's Chantry House and Skeffington...
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Type: Gardens, Museums, Nature & Parks
Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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.

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015 NEW

this is a great museum, takes quite a while to walk around, lots of displays and a mock up old street with shops that you can walk in and sensors play pre record sound of people talking as if there were customers. Entry is free but there is a donation box.

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

This is a very informative attraction with lots of interactive items to make it interesting for visitors of all ages .

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

Location -near the Magazine Leicester -Everyone in Leicester knows the Magazine -so ask A lovely old building with wooden staircases and wooden panels, Inside a museum which tells of "Daniel Lambert" the fattest man in Leicester -who used to be the jailer. Tudor rooms, an old street. On the first floor is the Leicester Regiment museum - well set out... More 

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Leicester, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

all the museums are worth a visit in Leicester but thenewark house and gardens is a real treat for the kids. they learn so much and in an interesting way. there are so many little staircases to explore it is truly a good place to take the little ones to learn about the past. my children loved it and they... More 

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

This is a lovely little museum in the old part of Leicester, definitely worth a couple of hours spent at the weekend. Learn about past times.

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Leicester, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

Centrally located, very well run, and so interesting. Leicester has so much to offer, and here you will see so much more, right in the oldest part of the city.

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

Free entry and a good spread of interesting displays - some interactive. The WW1 trenches were a favourite with our grandson but our granddaughter loved the dressing-up room - 1950's frocks and skirts - lots of dancing and twirling! Allow an hour or so for a family visit - a short walk from the city centre.

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

There's such a lot to see and do at the Newarke Houses Museum - from Daniel Lambert's chair and clothes, to the old cobbled street with its shops from the 1940's, to the multi-sensory WW1 trench with atmospheric sound effects..... Lots to see and do - and all for free (donations welcome!). Worth a look.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Fell across the place by accident and we're pleased we did. The Leicester Regimental Museum was excellent and the staff were very knowledgeable. Would go back anytime. If you're interested in the military we'd highly recommend it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Beautiful old building with excellent displays, especially the life-size village. I have visited this museum many, many times.

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