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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 - 17:00
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Sun 11:00 - 17:00
Mon - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
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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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Like a tardis!

We visited here specifically to see the Sikh war exhibition which in itself was brilliant...very interesting! However we were taken aback by the fact it was firstly free...and... read more

Reviewed 19 March 2017
Louise B
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22 reviews
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Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

We visited here specifically to see the Sikh war exhibition which in itself was brilliant...very interesting! However we were taken aback by the fact it was firstly free...and secondly like a tardis! The war exhibitions were fascinating and we easily lost 2 1/2 hours pottering round. Great little museum and worth a visit.

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

Many thanks Louise for your review and visit, great to hear you had such a good time! Hope we see you again at the museum soon. More 

Barwell, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

Had an appointment at the LRI and so thought we would stroll down and revisit the museum. Met by very friendly staff who gave us an introduction to the various galleries. The exhibits are really all about life in Leicester's past and are really well displayed and presented. There is a special floor where the history of the Leicester Tigers... More 

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

Many thanks David for your great review and visit, so pleased you enjoyed it and hope you can come back and see us again soon. More 

King's Lynn, Norfolk
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13 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2017

If you like medal's this is a must do visit with lots on show. Also a look at Leicester and the industrial past.

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 13 February 2017

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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48 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 February 2017

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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Reviewed 19 January 2017

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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Reviewed 11 December 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 November 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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Reviewed 20 October 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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66 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 October 2016

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

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