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Travel back 600 years into Leicester's Guildhall, one of the best preserved timber framed halls in the country.

Over the years Guildhall has been used as a court, town hall, venue for Shakespeare, prison, and now a museum and venue. Uncover the ghostly stories of one of the most haunted places in Leicester.

Leicester's Guildhall is a historic building and the oldest building still in use in the city. It was Leicester’s first police station and between 1876-1900s many unsavoury characters passed through its doors.

The Great Hall itself was built in about 1390 as a meeting place for the Guild of Corpus Christi and it is reputed that Shakespeare performed here during Tudor times. When Elizabeth I’s navy defeated the Spanish Armada in 1588, the Guildhall was the venue of choice for the city’s celebrations. More than 50 years later, when England was in the grip of Civil War, royalist troops attacked Leicester and looted the Guildhall. After their defeat at the Battle of Naseby weeks later, the thanksgiving dinner to mark Cromwell’s victory was held here. Over the years it has had many uses, including housing one of the oldest public libraries and serving as the Town Hall.

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Leicester's Guildhall

Leicester Guildhall, Guildhall Lane, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE1 5FQ

01162 254900


Opening times

Thursday to Sunday 12pm to 4:30pm

Check our website for Christmas & New Year Opening

Leicester Museum & Art Gallery is COVID Secure and is following current government guidance with procedures in place to protect your safety.

Supplying Track & Trace details and the wearing of face masks inside Leicester Museums & Galleries is mandatory.

Leicester’s Museums & Galleries are Covid-19 secure buildings, for your safety we request that all visitors book in advance.

Entrance is by timed/pre booked tickets.

Tours will be one-way and expected to last no more 1 hour 30min.

Advanced booking is essential.

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