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Newarke Houses Museum & Gardens

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Address: The Newarke, Leicester LE2 7BY , England
Phone Number: +44 116 225 4980
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Newarke Houses Museum is composed of two historic houses, Wygston's Chantry...

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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A wonderful place. A must to visit especially with children.

I have visited this museum as a child as a mother and a grandmother. It's a wonderful place. The building its self is steeped in history. It holds a lot of Leicester's history. To... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Carol W
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have visited this museum as a child as a mother and a grandmother. It's a wonderful place. The building its self is steeped in history. It holds a lot of Leicester's history. To me one of the best things there is the history of the "Royal Leicestershire Regiment" Anyone that had relative or ancestors in that regiment should visit... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place holds pure history of Leicester dating back through over a century of time Everything you need to know is right here so go in and take your time as there is plenty to learn My whole purpose of going in there was to see my grandad's medals on display and I felt as chuffed as chips once I... More 

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Thank Mark P
James H, Public Relations Manager at Newarke Houses Museum & Gardens, responded to this review

Many thanks Mark. Great to hear your Grandad's medals are on display. I hope you can come back and see us again soon. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Spent 2 hours here on a Sunday and could have spent more. I take my children to the new walk museum lots but we don't tend to come here too often. There is lots of free parking on the adjacent roads near the castle on the weekend. Lots of really interesting stuff about the Leicestershire regiment and Leicester in general.... More 

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James H, Marketing and communcations at Newarke Houses Museum & Gardens, responded to this review

Many thanks for your review and visit, much appreciated. Great to hear you had such a good time, please do come and see us again soon. More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Needed something free to do for a couple of hours. What a great place, loved the little row of shops! Have to go back as didn't manage to visit the garden, picnic next time!

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St Helens, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016

Located in the Heart of The City in the University quarter, is this excellent museum. I wanted to visit to see the new Royal Leicestershire Regimental museum which now forms part of this museum. I was pleasantly surprised at how expansive the museum was. Considering it is free this added an even better bonus. I was really impressed about how... More 

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James H, Marketing and Communications at Newarke Houses Museum & Gardens, responded to this review

Many thanks for your visit, review and great photos too. Much appreciated, hope you can come and see us again on your next visit to Leicester. More 

Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016

Another free entry museum set over 2 floors, it does have a lift. Full of history for all ages. Old cobbled street with shops and a pub. Or visit the dark trenches of WW1. Lots to see. Then wander through the beautiful, quiet gardens at the back . If you walk right through they bring you out to Castle Gardens... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016

I have made several visits to this museum and enjoyed each of these. There is a lot to see - local history, exhibitions of life in Leicester in past ages and hands on activities for children.

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Thank JawLeicester
Westbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016

Well put together series of collections covering social history of Leicester, it's people and industry. Informative and educational. The row of shops is excellent, and the integration of the Royal Leicestershire Regimental museum added an extra element.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016

a lovely way to burn 2 hours if your just wondering around the city, just a short walk away from the city centre and all of the other museums.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2016 via mobile

Informative museum, well worth the visit on the door step of De Montfort University. The row of shops is a particular highlight.

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