Newarke Houses Museum & Gardens

Newarke Houses Museum & Gardens, Leicester: Hours, Address, Newarke Houses Museum & Gardens Reviews: 4.5/5

Newarke Houses Museum & Gardens

Newarke Houses Museum & Gardens
4.5
Art Galleries • Speciality Museums
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
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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1-2 hours
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Stuart C
Rayleigh, UK2,981 contributions
Oct 2020 • Solo
There is roadside parking near the museum which cost £1 for 2 hours. I didn’t know much about the museum in advance and expected it to be an old Tudor house. In truth there is little about the house(s) itself, although the civil war gun loops in the beautiful garden are interesting. It’s actually a series of varied exhibits with no single narrative joining them together. Having said that the army regiment exhibits are really interesting, particularly the trench scene and I really like the old street recreation. It’s all free, close to the city centre so definitely worth a visit.
Written October 16, 2020
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anteallachleicester
Leicester, UK659 contributions
Jun 2021 • Couples
Visited here on a weekday as my husband and I were doing the ‘Rocket round Leicester’ trail.

It has been quite a few years since we’d last visited and the place had been totally transformed. Every room was very well laid out and the information boards very interesting. Great to see the replica street scene is still there with their fascinating interiors. Loved the display about holidays and it was great to finally get to see the gardens open (they have always been shut previously). The building itself has some very interesting architectural features, both inside and out.

The staff were all very friendly and the place laid out so that social distancing is easy for visitors.

One of the staff members (sorry, I did not get his name) who was on his break told me about the gates from Quenby Hall which had been recently taken away for renovation as I was reading the sign about them. I have fond memories of a shop sign in the shape of a frying pan (that was on High St) and was recently told that it is now on display in the museum. My husband and I could not find it so I asked the gentleman where it was. He informed me that it was in a closed room that was having some lighting issues and would let me go see it once his break was over. I would like to say a huge thank you for letting me see it as it brought back some wonderful memories and really made my day.

This museum is definitely worth a visit as there is so much to see here. It is also in a very interesting part of the City.
Written July 20, 2021
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alisdair t
Workington, UK5,829 contributions
Sep 2021
The museum is housed in 2 houses, built around 1510, (with extensions), and houses a plethera of interesting artefacts, from history, the local regiment museum, ( with a mock up of a war tench) and a mock up street of old shops, from the 1950s... Its free to get in, and wander around at your leisure. There is no real route to follow, wetried to follow the numbers, but had to double back a couple of times. Nice gardens at the rear of the museum..
Written September 26, 2021
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Victoria
Leicester, UK210 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
I've been here before and enjoyed it in the past. Today I came here as a group with quite a few children and my friends. Anyways the young children were quite excited to see many stuff around the museum. My overall view of the museum wasn't great today... staff that are unsure how to crack a smile. I felt quite unwelcome by the staff from the very beginning of entry. This place had a lack of a child-friendly feeling compared to New Walk.

Anyways I respect children were quite loud at some stages and there were many other kids running about too that I didn't even know. I found it quite rude when the museum lady shouted up the stairs to me like 'can you guys keep the noise down, other visitors are complaining' and other museum lady saying 'There's a monster in here be quiet' ... like OK.

I'm sorry but we are visitors ourselves and although sometimes kids can be quite noisy, what do you expect in public places also? At the end of the day we could just keep the children on Ipads at home but thought we take them out. Also visitors keeps them in a job. One lady in the old toy room didn't look like she wanted to be there and I felt a negative vibe in there when I was looking.

The gardens that lead to the other gardens were great and we explored that and also went on a walk near Castle Motto, near St. Mary's and other surrounding areas.the building is an interesting history. It is an interesting area in that part of Leicester.
Written August 9, 2021
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Patrick Scattergood - Author
Leicester, UK7 contributions
Aug 2021
This museum really gives a sense of the history that Leicester is known for, even giving it a personal experience to people that served in the various wars overseas.

The gardens are absolutely gorgeous too. Really gives you a sense of beauty and serenity.
Written August 12, 2021
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rebeljenn
Ruislip, UK891 contributions
Aug 2021
You can see military exhibits upstairs and information on society - old shops, etc. It gives a glimpse of earlier society. There's a little bit of garden too. Don't forget the murals on the side
Written August 27, 2021
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Simon B
9 contributions
Dec 2021 • Friends
This is a hidden gem on the De Montfort campus. Really well set out local history museum with very interesting range of exhibits. The regimental museum upstairs was well laid out and very evocative. Really looking forward to taking grandchildren. Row of shops is great. All in a a great experience which I would thoroughly recommend - and it's free!
Written December 5, 2021
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Dave B
Dunfermline, UK831 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
Lots to see here. There is a mini cobbled street with shop fronts and a tiny pub and shop, more little shops you can go in would have been good. There was an exhibit about ethnic minorities in soccer. Strange, but shows you how many of them must live here. We skipped that. There was a place you could sit down and watch old movies about Leicester, with English people, sad to see how it has changed. They have placed this next to a toy room for kids, because the poor little dears can’t go anywhere without playing of course. The problem was, we couldn’t hear for the yelling and screaming. Why take your kids to a museum to ruin it for everyone else? Stay at home! We ended up having to leave, it was really annoying. There was also, I assume, an original wood panelled room, original stain glass and a war exhibit, including a mascot war dog.
Written March 1, 2020
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Mike T.
Derby, UK51 contributions
Oct 2021
This museum was smaller than I was expecting but crammed with information and with things to see and do. I must admit, it was not all to my taste. There were sections which just did not grip my interest. But that is kind of a good thing. There is something for everyone. Whether it's military history, lifestyles, fashion or just taking a step back in time. Well worth a visit
Written January 19, 2022
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TeamWard
Nottingham, UK4,891 contributions
Jun 2021
The Newarke Houses Museum & Gardens is free to enter and well worth your time to visit the Leicester in the blitz exhibition is very informative and the street recreation well done. A real hidden gem that is easily missed when visiting Leicester and shouldn't be.
Written June 26, 2021
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Newarke Houses Museum & Gardens is open:
  • Sun - Sun 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Mon - Sat 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM