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“Informative and interesting visit”

Newarke Houses Museum & Gardens
Ranked #18 of 108 things to do in Leicester
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Leicester, East Midlands
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91 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Informative and interesting visit”
Reviewed 26 May 2014

There is lots to see and do here and also plenty for children to see. An extremely enjoyable day out.
If you want somewhere to take children to keep them busy, this is the place. They have a good collection of old toys and fashions and it's very interesting to see how people used to live many years ago.

Visited September 2013
1 Thank Jenonnet
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Bakewell, United Kingdom
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149 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Informative and great fun!”
Reviewed 20 April 2014

We really enjoyed our visit with our nearly 3 year old! Informative section about the history on Leicester and fun mock shops. The Easter bunny hunt in the garden was the highlight as the garden was so quiet and well looked after. Worth a visit for kids or adults. We did not go upstairs so could not comment on that.

Visited April 2014
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13 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Day out with kids”
Reviewed 20 April 2014

A very enjoyable afternoon at Newarke House with my 9 year old who loves to sit at home on his PS3 on a weekend. He enjoyed dressing up as a soldier and was mesmerized by the number of medals on display. Take your kids even if they oppose to it, once there I am sure they would enjoy it and its free!!

Visited April 2014
Thank GloriaZac
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Taunton, Somerset
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70 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
“Amazing gem of a museum”
Reviewed 18 April 2014

I've been visiting Leicester for over 20 years and can't believe I've only just visited this museum, it's not as well publicised as the New Walk gallery and museum so have missed out on it over the year.

The staff gave a nice welcome when we arrived at the museum, it's well laid out with the history of Leicester in front of you as you make your way around it, from its manufacturing history, along an old Leicester street with pub, grocers and general store with a whole floor laid out documenting the history of the Leicestershire regiment.

The staff were great with one of the guys appearing with a reproduction of Daniel Lambert's massive trousers which really brought the story of the UK's fattest man alive.

A great morning in what is a tardis of a museum was completed with a sit in the reproduction of an old cinema with the film showing the history of this brilliant city.

Well done Newark Houses Museum 10/10

Visited April 2014
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 March 2014

A truly lovely little museum, with really interesting bits and pieces. There is a little mock village that you can walk around and it is very sweet! Definitely recommend.

Visited March 2014
Thank BethanyRae123
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