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Newarke Houses Museum

Newarke Houses Museum and Gardens

Newarke Houses museum and gardens includes the museum of the Royal Leicestershire Regiment.

Further information

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.

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.

Opening times

Days Open
Monday 10am - 4pm
Tuesday 10am - 4pm
Wednesday 10am - 4pm
Thursday 10am - 4pm
Friday 10am - 4pm
Saturday 10am - 4pm
Sunday 11am – 4pm

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

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 from Royal Leicestershire Regimental Association which we also contributed to.

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

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.

Memory box programme

For people living with dementia their own personal history and memory is very important. Newarke Houses Museum have set up memory boxes and a trail to support those with dementia. This is so we can grow to understand how participation in our museum projects can have a meaningful impact on people who are most vulnerable in our communities. See the link below for more information.

Contact us

Write to us: The Newarke, Leicester, LE2 7BY
Ring us: 0116 225 4980
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