Welcome to Leicester Guildhall

Starting with its Great Hall built in about 1390, a tour of Leicester Guildhall will take you through the centuries and many uses of the site. From its first role as a meeting place for the Guild of Corpus Christi, to a public performance space where even Shakespeare may have acted, to the home of one of the oldest public libraries, the town hall and even a police station.

Today, Leicester Guildhall thrives as a performance venue, attracting acts from across the country and as the home to the Medieval Leicester galleries. Walk the streets of medieval Leicester and uncover a world both familiar and very different to our own! 

Leicester Guildhall is available for private hire and is a historic and atmospheric venue for weddings, civil ceremonies, renewing wedding vows and naming ceremonies.


Leicester Guildhall
Guildhall Lane

Email: museums@leicester.gov.uk

Telephone: +44 (0)116 253 2569

Opening times

Monday - Sunday: 11am - 4.30pm 


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Visitor Comments

'This has got to be one of the best historical buildings in the East Midlands. Its close to the Cathedral and the Richard 3rd centre and is well worth a visit if you enjoy your history.'

'So good that such a lovely and quite unique building has survived. The Guildhall is one of the many gems in a city which has so much to offer in terms of architecture, museums and galleries.'

'Thank you so much for making our wedding a truly wonderful event, we couldn’t have wished for more. You were all very kind, helpful and accommodating. We had the most amazing and unforgettable day.'

In reference to the monthly history tours:

'The Guildhall Tour was excellent! The tour guide Mark had a very engaging style, the tour lasted 1.5 hours but was fascinating all the way through. I had no idea the Guildhall was so central not only to the history of Leicester but all of England, amazing to think of all the things that occurred there.'