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Now a successful performance venue and museum, the Grade I listed Leicester Guildhall has a history spanning 630 years.
This medieval venue is one of the best preserved timber framed halls in the country, first used as a meeting place for a religious guild. The Great Hall, built in 1390, has witnessed landmark moments in history: looted in the Civil War, it later held a dinner to celebrate Cromwell?s victory.
Believed to have hosted Shakespeare himself, Leicester Guildhall now presents craft fairs, exhibitions, concerts, stand-up and gigs from acts based across the UK. It?s also home to the Medieval Leicester galleries, and visitors can meet notorious pick-pockets in the cells of the city?s first police station.
Families are encouraged to choose a persona, dress up and explore the exhibits in character, while thrill-seekers can book onto haunting evening events. Visit the shop for medieval-themed souvenirs and the White Rose Cafe opposite for refreshments.
Look out for The Wild Escape at museums and galleries in the next few months. Many have special events, or you can use our audio introduction to help children get involved at any cultural venue.
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The National Art Pass lets you enjoy free entry to hundreds of museums, galleries and historic places across the UK, while raising money to support them.