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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 #9 of 136 things to do in Leicester
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Gardens, Nature & Parks, Museums
Owner description: Newarke Houses Museum is composed of two historic houses, Wygston's Chantry House and Skeffington...
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Type: Gardens, Nature & Parks, Museums
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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

My husband and I visited this little museum February 2015 and enjoyed looking round. It tells the story of old leicester and how people used to live.it is also home to daniel lamberts belongings who was the world's biggest man for a long time(before modern day obesity problems )...my only criticism would be that there is no café but it's... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

A really lovely museum, packed of so much to learn and great for all ages. Would love tog o back again at some point.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

have a day going round the good leicester museums, couple this with the guildhall and it will keep the kids and adults happy. have a picknik in castle gardens. loads of history and its not stuffy like the new-walk museum

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

All kids should go here , it's shows what men and women did for us , it's free to get in , and it as a mock up war set up, makes you think !!!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Worth a small museum ! It's a nice few minutes walk from nearest car parking areas. Facilities for parking bikes or buggies, a very clean and well kept area.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

Looking for somewhere local to visit when we had some friends over from another county. Nice walk in the area then into the Museum. We were all very impressed with the detail and information given. Nice that it is kept as local history. Well worth a visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

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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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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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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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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