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Newarke Houses Museum & Gardens

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Address: The Newarke, Leicester LE2 7BY, England
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+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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So many interesting and varied topics!

This museum is full of really interesting facts, displays, film shows, replica scenes & shops etc about past Leicester. Currently there is also a specially dedicated section to... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
JOSHUASNAN
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum is full of really interesting facts, displays, film shows, replica scenes & shops etc about past Leicester. Currently there is also a specially dedicated section to the part Leicester military personnel played in both World Wars which gives some fascinating insights to how the men coped being in such dreadful circumstances away from their families. Do take the... More 

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

Many thanks Joshua for your great review and visit, much appreciated! More 

Leicester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I have lived in Leicester for over 30 years but wasn't aware of a lot of the information provided at the museum It was well displayed and varied for all interests.

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

Many thanks Eileen for the visit and review, great to hear you enjoyed it! More 

Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I really liked all the history in the museum and the gardens were very pretty and green based near the university.

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

Great to hear you enjoyed this museum too. Hope you can come back and visit us again when back in the city. More 

Cairo, Egypt
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2016 via mobile

Leicester is actually one of England's oldest cities dating back 2 millennia. Up till now I've been fascinated by Leicester's Roman beginnings but visiting this museum has highlighted so many other facets of Leicester's history, Leicester's contribution to both world wars or Leicester's Ugandan Asian community that help shape the city or how Leicester attracted investors and workers and developed... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 7, 2016 via mobile

Me and my friend didn't have much time to look around today as we were only on a quick passing today but we never knew this place actually existed much. We had a look quick on the ground floor and took some pictures (please look). There are manymore floors (and has lift access if you with children or disabled) We... More 

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2016

Newarke, or New Work, its original title, was just outside the city walls. Today the museum, part of which is housed in a Elizabethian building, is a walk through the history of the last 500 years. Leicester has been a significant place throughout those years, and they events are displayed here for all to see. Daniel Lambert, at 52 stones,... More 

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

Many thanks Kevin for your review and visit, much appreciated. More 

Leicester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2016

Full of interesting local history items. Daniel Lambert is a must to see. Close to the city centre .

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East Midlands, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2016

Went to visit earlier this week and found their new exhibition upstairs on World War I to be extremely moving and very powerful. It really helped to make us realise just how bad the conditions were in those trenches and that's without "going over the top". Some things such as the videos left me with a lump in my throat... More 

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

Many thanks for your visit and great review, really pleased to hear you enjoyed the museum and WWI exhibition. Hope you can come back and see us again soon. More 

Leicester, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016

This is agreat local history museum. We love the reconstructed street scene with shops and a pub all hidden away inside. The trench scene is moving too and a good introduction to history for younger children.

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2016

free museum with WW1 exibit and a street with period shops the gardens containt an old length of medieval castle wall

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

Many thanks John for your visit and review, much appreciated. More 

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