Lord Leycester Hospital

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Lord Leycester Hospital

Lord Leycester Hospital
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The Hospital is a historic group of medieval timber-framed buildings dating mainly from the late 14th Century. Of historic significance, they represent one of the finest examples in Britain of medieval courtyard architecture. Clustered around the Norman gateway into the town, the 12th century chapel sits above it. For nearly 200 years this site was home to Warwick’s medieval Guilds. In the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, under the patronage of Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, the buildings became a place of retirement for old warriors. These soldiers are known to this day as the Brethren and with the Master, still live within the walls of the building. They are a living legacy of 450 years. Each morning they meet and pray together the words their founder Robert Dudley set down. You can often see the Brethren in ceremonial uniform as they give tours through the buildings and gardens. ​Please note that The Lord Leycester is now closed until the end of June 2023 for major refurbishment.
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Eddie730
County Durham, UK146 contributions
Couples
When you visit a location and have only got time to 'do' one attraction then I should like to suggest that you forget the Castle and visit this incredible building!

That's what we did, one Friday afternoon in early November, and we were not disappointed.

We were met at the door by one of the brethren and made to feel as though we'd made his day by visiting!

For £8.50 pp (including return visits for 12 months AND a FREE map/guide) we were astounded by the sheer history of the place, the atmosphere, the interesting artefacts and the brilliant Covid security.

The rooms open to the public were so interesting, as was the Chapel of St James the Great...the walk around the city walls to the Master's Garden and the Great Hall.

Visit this charming building, immerse yourself in its history. Be part of history albeit for a few hours - and come away refreshed in body and soul.

Oh, and you MUST visit the tea room...the cakes there are absolutely SCRUMMY!
Written November 5, 2021
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JAF_Wales
Cardiff, UK942 contributions
We enjoyed our self-guided tour around this historic site which dates back to 1450. There are various artifacts on display and some interesting views from the town wall walk. We received a warm welcome from Father Browne who recommended buying a family ticket to save on the entrance fee. He also added lots of interesting information during our lunch at the Brethren's Kitchen cafe - which you can enter without paying for the tour.
Written August 17, 2020
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Adventurer81442
Manchester, UK32 contributions
This really is a piece of old Warwick, having servived the fire in the 17th Century. The steps are steep of course, just take care, also some low beams, But really is something special. The one way system tales you around the walls with lovely views of Warwick and the countryside.
For TV buffs this is we’re Shakespeare and Hathaway have their offices, but these are not open, but you can look in.
The Breathen who live there with take delight in explaining it all.
Written November 8, 2021
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Kallista.L.W
Privett, UK65 contributions
My husband and I have been working with the Lord Leycester Team since 2018. Our original wedding date was secured for 2020 but due to the pandemic was postponed to April 2021 and then July 2021.

Sheila, Max, Nick and the team have been exceptional. These guys are a problem- solving dream team. We have worked with them for so long they really do feel like extended family. Nothing is too great or too much trouble and everything is carried out with a warm smile. The building is breath taking as is the kindness and sincerity of the people who work there. The Brethren are amazing and we couldn't wait to share our big day with them.

Lord Leycester really is the unsung hero of Warwick and its majesty and beauty deserves every inch of praise it receives.
Written July 22, 2021
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GeoffH
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Stopped off at the Lord Leycester Hospital for coffee and a breakfast bun. It was obvious that the venue is missing the hordes of tourists who would normally be visiting the buildings as we were the only visitors but the quality of the food was fine. We were also welcomed by one of the residents who took the time to explain a little about the Hospital and even brought out his ceremonial uniform. Thanks for your hospitality!!
Written July 29, 2020
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bempey22
Thrapston, UK408 contributions
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Visited with my husband and 2 kids, aged 14 and 11. We absolutely loved it!

Look for the lovely small stained glass window above the entry/exit door in the Chapel, designed by William Morris. Also, the original table in the Guildhall (600 years old) which has the greatest leaning walls and wonky floors. We felt like we were about to tumble into the street! We also loved the Norman arch and the Egyptian Nilometer in the Master!s Garden. The chair that Kinf James sat in during his visit was interesting, though sadly placed out if the way next to the toilets.

You must eat at the Brethrens Kitchen! The food was fresh and delicious with the most creative and unusual side salad I've ever had. It was full of fruits and veggies as well as greens and it was perfect!

A family ticket cost £20 or £8.50 pp. There are a few souvenirs for sale in Reception, and the Brethren that we met were the loveliest people. Unfortunately, we weren't able to get a tour, but were given a guide sheet that gave us a lot of information.

This was one of my most favourite days out for a long time!
Written January 11, 2020
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Thank you for your lovely review! We are absolutely thrilled that you and your family enjoyed your visit to the Lord Leycester Hospital and were interested by some of the amazing history that we have to offer. We do offer guided tours daily at the Lord Leycester but these have to be booked in advance to ensure we have Brethren available. However, we do offer a new Audio Visual self-guided tour which you can download from most App Stores. Simply search; "Warwick Town of Treasures" and install. There is more information on our website. We look forward to seeing you again!
Written January 13, 2020
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JDW275
Kidlington, UK8 contributions
Wonderful place, so historic and well preserved. We had a wonderful visit and enjoyed the video which was very helpful in understanding the history and the people who used the building. Lovely staff and we were lucky enough to meet a very nice lady who told us about the gardens and that there will be more exhibits in the future. We did not realise there was a restaurant on site. We intend to come back soon for Sunday lunch. The gardens are exquisite and so peaceful despite being in the middle of Warwick. We had a wonderful visit and will be back. Thank you very much to everyone who work so hard to enable us to be able to visit such a beautiful place.
Written August 17, 2020
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JSM8
Pinner, UK314 contributions
A really interesting trip around a location that I think in a way tops the castle. The staff were really friendly and informative. The buildings.....some elements restored and some well preserved....gave a really good snapshot of medieval times. The gardens were beautifully laid out. Hard to think that the place is still used for its original purpose too. Well works a visit
Written October 26, 2020
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blewitt2205
Henley in Arden, UK26 contributions
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I ordered a simple cream tea which consisted of a scone, clotted cream, strawberry jam and fresh strawberry absolutely delicious and extremely good value. The staff were lovely and as it was a beautiful sunny day we sat outside. Just perfect.
Written September 2, 2020
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SALLY186258
Plymouth, UK160 contributions
This is a lovely interesting place to visit. Obviously there is so much history associated with the building and it's residents. The gardens are beautiful. Had a very interesting conversation with one of the brethren. Bought a few items from the small on site shop. Great hall serves as a cafe, didn't eat there, but it looked good. Not sure of exact date, but the site will be closing soon for refurbishment & repair for about 15 months. Well worth a visit
Written October 31, 2021
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