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Jewry Wall Museum

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Address: 156-160 St. Nicholas Circle | Leicester, Leicester LE1 4LB, England
Phone Number: +44 116 225 4971
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Description: At Jewry Wall Museum you can discover the archaeology of Leicester's past...
At Jewry Wall Museum you can discover the archaeology of Leicester's past and find out about the people of Leicester from prehistoric times to the medieval period. A special display on the history of archaeology in Leicester, 'Archaeology and Endeavour' explains why our city has such rich and interesting museum collections and includes a stunning display of extremely rare medieval glass from Wygston's House. The museum grounds contain one of Leicester's most famous landmarks, the Jewry Wall, part of the Roman town's public baths. It is one of the tallest surviving pieces of Roman masonry in the country. The celebration of Leicester's Roman history continues inside the museum, with stunning collections including detailed mosaics, intricate painted wall plaster and a beautiful Roman cavalry helmet cheekpiece. Complementing our Roman archaeology collections, there are fascinating artefacts from other eras. From ancient stone tools to striking medieval decorated tiles from Leicester Abbey, there's something to interest the whole family.
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Wow, Better Than Expected

Naturally, when I heard about this at first, I didn't think it would be much. I figured it would be some small wall with a little tourist trap museum adjacent to it. Wow, I'm... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 28, 2015
Drew V
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Manassas, Virginia
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Manassas, Virginia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

Naturally, when I heard about this at first, I didn't think it would be much. I figured it would be some small wall with a little tourist trap museum adjacent to it. Wow, I'm glad I hedged my expectations, because it was a wonderful experience. The wall is pretty large, with a good outline of the former baths excavated. All... More 

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
19 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

Jewry wall museum is a excellent history of past Leicester with the foundations of a Roman villa.The museum on site is going back to Saxon times recording exhibits in the museum and stonework from the Abbey.Well worth a visit and its free entry,there is also a Roman mosaic floor.Dave P.

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15 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

This museum has been sat here since I was a kid and to be honest nothing has changed except for a couple of the staff The place holds so much fascinating history but the place is dull and dank. Nothing has been done to make it interesting for kids The only thing kids seem to be interested in is playing... More 

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Nottingham
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6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

I arrived half an hour before closing time so unfortunately didn't have enough time to look around everything in detail, however I found this a very interesting museum and could easily have stayed much longer if I was able to! I had no idea that Leicester had the remains of Roman baths and it was really nice to be able... More 

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East Anglia
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7 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

We didn't realize how large this free museum was and stayed until closing time! Impressive and well preserved Roman bath/forum remains in the grounds to walk around. Very good examples of a Roman pavement and wall paintings inside too. Heaps of historical artefacts to look at and read about, as well as skeletons to look at! Definitely worth a visit.... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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60 attraction reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

The main point of interest is a short section of a wall of the Roman Baths, and as you can see this perfectly well from the road, there is no need to stop the car.

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Jewry_Wall, Museum Assistant at Jewry Wall Museum, responded to this review

We are sorry that you feel this way. Jewry Wall Museum houses impressive collections, including detailed mosaics, intricate painted wall plaster and a beautiful Roman cavalry helmet cheekpiece. We also have a special display on the history of archaeology in Leicester. ‘Archaeology and Endeavour’ explains why our city has such rich and interesting museum collections and includes a stunning display... More 

UK
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16 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

The Jewry Wall museum is closed in winter. You can see the remaining wall and foundations of the bath houses from the main road but you cant get close up and the museum is closed in the winter months.

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Jewry_Wall, Museum Assistant at Jewry Wall Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, unfortunately we are closed throughout November, December and January each year in order to conduct essential maintenance, minor refurbishments and reduce costs where possible. February to October we are open every day from 11.00am to 4.30pm, admission is always free. Please see the Leiceter City Council website for further information and listings of our varied... More 

London, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

If you're in Leicester for some reason then this is a great place to visit. The figures of Gods look like they are totally tripping balls. The man behind the desk had a pretty sweet mullet but I really feel they missed a trick by not playing Pink Floyd's 'The Wall' on an infinite loop. Furthermore, there was a lack... More 

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Jewry_Wall, Museum Assistant at Jewry Wall Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We are pleased that you had an interesting visit. Sorry that you felt that adequate seating wasn't provided, we have since installed several benches around the site. More 

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14 reviews 14 reviews
13 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013 via mobile

Although i have been here before it doesn't seem to have changed. Everything is there that was there last time and there's nothing new but if your looking for something cheap to do then its worth the money just once you've been there there's no reason for going back

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Jewry_Wall, Museum Assistant at Jewry Wall Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. During the winter months we conducted a minor refurbishment to the museum and can now inform you of a special display on the history of archaeology in Leicester, ‘Archaeology and Endeavour’ explains why our city has such rich and interesting museum collections and includes a stunning display of extremely rare medieval glass from Wygston’s House.... More 

Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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86 attraction reviews
165 helpful votes 165 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

We visited as part of a day visiting attractions in Leicester city centre. The museum is devoted to the ancient history of the area including a large section about the Romans. The displays are rather dull and uninspiring, I've seen better museums explaining this part of our history. Although our party were all adults, I would not recommend this museum... More 

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Jewry_Wall, Museum Assistant at Jewry Wall Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We are sorry that you feel this way. Jewry Wall Museum has undergone minor refurbishments since you visited and we can now offer a new gallery, ‘Archaeology and Endeavour’; a re-display of the prehistory section; an interactive kiosk entitled ‘Virtual Romans; and as always the archaeological excavation area and replica clothing to try on. The... More 

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