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

Telephone: +44 (0)116 253 2569

Opening times

Temporary opening times

Thursday to Sunday: 12pm – 4:30pm (timed tickets)

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.

Advance booking will be essential via the link listed further down this page.


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COVID notice

Leicester Guildhall 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.

Please visit our COVID FAQ page before your visit so you are prepared and can enjoy your visit to our museums and galleries.

Book your tickets

We will be moving to a walk-in visit system from the 1st of October. Visiting the museum will not require a ticket from that date onward. If the museum is full then we will employ a one-in-one-out policy.

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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.'