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Newarke Houses Museum

Newarke Houses Museum and Gardens

Newarke Houses Museum and Gardens incorporates the Museum of the Royal Leicestershire Regiment. The Museum is composed of two historic houses, Wygston's Chantry House and Skeffington House and tells the social history of Leicester. Discover the history of the Regiment, including a recreation of a First World War trench with sound and lighting.

Further information

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, Leicester.

Is the museum available for hire?

The museum also offers a range of meeting rooms and exhibition spaces available for:

  • Private hire
  • School visits
  • Meetings
  • Birthday parties
  • Artist exhibitions (groups and individuals)

The refurbishment of the museum was funded by a £1 million Heritage Lottery Fund grant and a further £250,000 each from Leicester City Council and the Royal Leicestershire Regimental Association.

We have recently opened the newly refurbish Garden Galleries. These spaces are ideal for individual or group exhibitions.

Opening times

Days Open
Monday 10am - 5pm
Tuesday 10am - 5pm
Wednesday 10am - 5pm  
Thursday 10am - 5pm
Friday 10am - 5pm
Saturday 10am - 5pm
Sunday 11am - 5pm

Visitor information

  • Free admission (small charge for certain activities on event days)
  • Newarke Houses Museum is approximately ten minutes walk from Leicester City Centre situated close to De Montfort University's City campus
  • Nearby pay and display parking on The Newarke is available. A number of car parks around the area are also available including at the Holiday Inn or at York Road, within 10 minutes walk


Newarke Houses Museum has full disabled access inside the museum, with a lift providing access to the first floor galleries and an accessible toilet available.

Some areas of the garden are not fully accessible due to steps.

VisitEngland Quality Assured Visitor Attraction

We are delighted to have received the VisitEngland Quality Assured Visitor Attraction Marque.

The VisitEngland Quality Rose Marque only gets awarded to attractions that have been independently assessed against the national standards of the Visitor Attraction Quality Assurance Scheme. For further information please visit the VisitEngland website.

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