Newarke Houses Museum and Gardens

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Newarke Houses Museum The Newarke

  • Phone: 0116 225 4980

Newarke Houses Museum and Gardens incorporating the Museum of the Royal Leicestershire Regiment. Newarke Houses Museum is composed of two historic houses, Wygston's Chantry House and Skeffington House and tells the story of contemporary Leicester and the history of the Royal Leicestershire Regiment. 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 that includes the Jolly Angler public house, a grocer and a pawnbroker, with sounds and conversations from the times. Discover more about the story of Leicester at War. Through personal stories find out about the home front and the history of the Regiment, including a recreation of a First World War trench with sound and lighting. Through oral histories, archive film, computer interactives and collections discover the histories of Newarke Houses, the surrounding historic area and contemporary Leicester. The museum also offers a range of meeting rooms available for private hire, school visits, meetings and birthday parties. Find out more about our meeting rooms.

Further information

Opening Hours:

Open Monday - Saturday: 10am - 4pm, Sunday: 11am - 4pm


Free admission (small charge for certain activities on event days).

Upcoming events:

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Facilities and services


  • Baby changing facilities
  • Gardens open to public
  • Shop
  • Toilets for disabled
  • Wheelchair access to all public areas


  • Guided tours
  • Information point provided

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