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.


Newarke Houses
The Newarke

Telephone: +44 (0)116 225 4980

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

Newarke Houses 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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'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'