Welcome to Newarke Houses Museum & Gardens

Wygston's Chantry House and Skeffington House were both built around 1511 in the area of Leicester which is now at the heart of De Montfort University campus in the city. Newarke Houses holds the collections of the Leicestershire Regiment in dedicated galleries.

These two houses, owned by William Wygston and Thomas Skeffington respectively, will take you on a historical journey with objects dating from Tudor times.

Since 1953 the Museum has brought together a collection of the things which make up people’s everyday lives. Collections of toys from the beginning of the 1500s to the present day, a thought-provoking regimental collection and a recreated First World War trench. We also have a 1950s street scene with its shops and pub where you can hear the stories of people who call Leicester their home.

After browsing the collections, you can relax in the Museum’s beautiful public gardens, flanked by walls marked by the English Civil War; an oasis in the middle of the surrounding hubbub and the perfect place for a few moments of peace. Next to Newarke Houses is the 15th Century Magazine Gateway, part of Leicester Castle which is available for booked tours.

Address

Newarke Houses
The Newarke
Leicester
LE2 7BY

Telephone: +44 (0)116 225 4980

Opening times

The city’s museums are currently planning to reopen on the 21st June 2021, on the condition that the targets needed in terms of reduced rates of Covid-19 have been met.

Please note that some of our venues may reopen before others, that opening hours may vary from our normal offer, and that social distancing measures and the wearing of masks will remain required during your visit.

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'A very well presented museum with a diverse selection of displays. Mock up of the WW1 trench is excellent if you have young children to explain it to, and Victorian cobbled street with shops. Pretty gardens and a nice place to take time out'