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“A great source of Leicester history”

Newarke Houses Museum & Gardens
Ranked #17 of 110 things to do in Leicester
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Leicester, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“A great source of Leicester history”
Reviewed July 24, 2012

We had an enjoyable visit here learning about the history of Leicester. The old street inside was a fun little addition and the staff member who was walking around was very knowledgable and friendly. The only downside was the staff on the front desk were too busy chatting to each other and didn't acknowledge anyone that walked in.

Visited March 2012
Thank Rebecca B
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English first
Rome, Italy
Level 6 Contributor
127 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
Reviewed July 15, 2012

This exhibition is a bit back to front. i wish you could follow a historical timeline. I think it's really confusing for children, or mine at least to go, 1950s. 1920s, 19302, then into the trenches, the second world war, the 1950s and 70s, Victorian an 1650s......I wish the museum could follow a child's point of view! that said this is a very child-scaled and interactive museum which is atmospheric and homely. Really memorable. It just could be better if they can fix the the conundrum.

Visited July 2012
Thank waltonwanderer
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
66 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Interesting place”
Reviewed June 26, 2012

An interesting place to spend an hour or two. It explains local history well.

Thank Jen P
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Leicester, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
267 reviews
103 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
“I love this place”
Reviewed April 25, 2012

Have been many times. Love the exhibitions of the second world war. I only moved to Leicester as an adult so I find it fascinating to see what Leicester was like before we moved to live here. Love the radio and tv broadcasts of the 1950s and the original toys that children played with in times gone by

Visited May 2011
1 Thank Maz03
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Level 4 Contributor
45 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Good free family entertainment”
Reviewed April 19, 2012

A wide choice of local information across the ages. Hands on displays and an excellent black and white film of a Royal visit to Leicester. Excellent venue for taking visitors or family to on a wet afternoon!

Visited April 2012
1 Thank JawLeicester
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