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Guildhall and Cathedral

One of the best preserved timber framed halls in the country, dating back 600 years, the Guildhall hosts regular events including comedy, music, theatre and 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 more than 600 years. To help mark the re-interment of King Richard III, we launched new permanent displays which 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
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

*Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

Visitor information

The Guildhall is also open all year for special events. It is located in the heart of the city centre, within walking distance of most car parks.

Admission is free, though there may be a small charge for some activities on event days.


The Guildhall has partial disabled access to the ground floor. An accessible toilet is also available. Please download the 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 us

Write to us: Guildhall Lane, Leicester, LE1 5FQ
Ring us: 0116 253 2569
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