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Guildhall and Cathedral

Leicester is very privileged in having one of the best preserved timber framed halls in the country, dating back six hundred years. The Guildhall hosts a regular events programme including comedy, music, theatre and seasonal children's events.

Further information

Brief history

The Great Hall itself was built in about 1390 as a meeting place for the Guild of Corpus Christi (a small but powerful group of businessman and gentry). After restoration, the Guildhall was opened to the public as a museum in 1926.

Today, the Guildhall is best known as an excellent performance venue, attracting acts from across the country, and as a museum where visitors can step back in time and come face to face with 'Crankie Gemmie' and 'Emma Smith', two of Leicester's notorious pick-pockets who can be found lurking within the Victorian police cells.

Medieval Leicester Galleries

The Guildhall has been at the heart of Leicester for over 600 years. To help mark the re-interment of King Richard III, we are launching new permanent displays that celebrate the rich heritage of the building and encourage visitors of all ages to explore life in Leicester in the middle ages.

Through objects, activities and digital technology, walk the streets of Medieval Leicester and uncover a world both familiar and very different to our own!

Opening times

Days Open (February - October)
Monday 11am - 4:30pm
Tuesday 11am - 4:30pm
Wednesday 11am - 4:30pm  
Thursday 11am - 4:30pm
Friday 11am - 4:30pm
Saturday 11am - 4:30pm
Sunday 11am - 4:30pm

Visitor information

Also open November - January for special events.
The Guildhall is located in the heart of the city centre, within walking distance of most car parks.


The Guildhall has partial disabled access to the ground floor. An accessible toilet is also available. Please download the Guildhall's access statement attached to this page this page for full access details.

Is the Guildhall available for hire?

The Guildhall is available for private hire for:

  • Weddings
  • Civil ceremonies
  • Renewing wedding vows
  • Naming ceremonies


Contact Guildhall

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The Guildhall

Guildhall Lane