Leicester’s social history and regimental museum spans two historic houses and tranquil gardens marked by the Civil War.

Both built around 1511, Wygston Chantry House and Skeffington House – known collectively as Newarke Houses – are now home to objects dating from the Tudor period onwards, as well as galleries dedicated to the collection of the Leicestershire regiment.

Visit to discover toys from the early 1500s to the present, including a 6ft teddy bear and interactive dressing up boxes, as well as personal possessions belonging to Daniel Lambert, Leister’s former gaoler and once Britain’s largest man.

Follow the journey of local soldiers to the frontline, explore a recreated WWI trench and 1950s street scene including a drapers shop, grocers, and interactive pub, complete with stories from Leicester residents.

The museum’s beautiful public gardens are perfect for a picnic; look out for the holes for guns made in the walls during the Civil War on your visit.

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Newarke Houses

Free to all

Newarke House Museum, The Newarke, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE2 7BY

01162 254900


Opening times

Monday to Saturday 10am - 4pm

Sundays 11am - 4pm

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 advised.

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

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