Now a successful performance venue and museum, the Grade I listed Leicester Guildhall has a history spanning 630 years.

This medieval venue is one of the best preserved timber framed halls in the country, first used as a meeting place for a religious guild. The Great Hall, built in 1390, has witnessed landmark moments in history: looted in the Civil War, it later held a dinner to celebrate Cromwell’s victory.

Believed to have hosted Shakespeare himself, Leicester Guildhall now presents craft fairs, exhibitions, concerts, stand-up and gigs from acts based across the UK. It’s also home to the Medieval Leicester galleries, and visitors can meet notorious pick-pockets in the cells of the city’s first police station.

Families are encouraged to choose a persona, dress up and explore the exhibits in character, while thrill-seekers can book onto haunting evening events. Visit the shop for medieval-themed souvenirs and the White Rose Cafe opposite for refreshments.

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Leicester's Guildhall

Free to all

Leicester Guildhall, Guildhall Lane, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE1 5FQ

01162 254900


Opening times

Every Day 11am to 4:30pm

Check our website for Christmas & New Year Opening

Leicester Museum & Art Gallery 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 advisory.

Leicester’s Museums & Galleries are Covid-19 secure buildings, for your safety we request that all visitors for events book in advance.

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