Museums and Galleries Tour (Self Guided), Leicester

Leicester is the industrial center of the Midlands and has a rich heritage. A number of museums and galleries offer visitors a fascinating look into the history, culture and development of Leicester. Some venues are free of charge and are sponsored by the local government. Take this tour to enjoy Leicester's most notable museums and galleries.
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Museums and Galleries Tour Map

Guide Name: Museums and Galleries Tour
Guide Location: England » Leicester (See other walking tours in Leicester)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.7 Km or 4.2 Miles
Author: Ella
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Jewry Wall Museum
  • Guru Nanak Sikh Museum
  • The Guildhall
  • New Walk Museum and Art Gallery
  • Leicester Print Workshop
  • Charles Moore Collection
  • National Gas Museum
  • Leicestershire County Cricket Club Museum
Jewry Wall Museum

1) Jewry Wall Museum (must see)

The Jewry Wall is believed to be the remaining wall of the public baths of Roman Leicester along with foundations of the baths, which are laid out in front of the wall. The wall is nearly 2,000 years old and is a rare example of Roman walling. It is the second largest piece of surviving civil Roman building in Britain. The Jewry Wall would have been the wall separating the gymnasium from the cold room. The remains of the baths were excavated in the 1930s by Dame Kathleen Kenyon and date from approximately 160 A.D. The wall and baths are adjoined by the Jewry Wall Museum, which contains excellent local examples of Roman mosaics and wall plaster. The name of the wall is unlikely to relate to Leicester's Jewish community, which was never large, and which was expelled from the town by Simon de Montfort in 1231.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Guru Nanak Sikh Museum

2) Guru Nanak Sikh Museum

While in Leicester, don’t miss the chance to visit Guru Nanak Sikh Museum, a very unusual museum devoted to Sikhism and the Guru Nanak. There are a number of exhibits relating to Sikhism, which include manuscripts, pictures and other artifacts. In addition to serving as a museum, this building is used as an active Sikh temple. If you do decide to visit the temple, don't forget to leave your shoes outside and to cover your head if you are a woman.
The Guildhall

3) The Guildhall (must see)

The Guildhall in Leicester is a Grade I listed timber framed building, with the earliest part dating from circa 1390. The Guildhall once acted as the town hall for the city until the current one was commissioned in 1876. Although some parts are earlier, the majority of the building dates from the 15th century. It is located in the old walled city, on a street now known as Guildhall Lane. It was used first as the meeting place for the Guild of Corpus Christi and then later for the more formal Corporation of Leicester.

The hall was used for many purposes, including council meetings, feasts, as a courtroom, and for theatrical performances. The Guildhall was also used for banquets, festivals, and as a home for a priest who prayed for the souls of Guild members in the nearby St Martin's Church. The Guildhall was retained in use until quite late. It was not until 1876 that the Corporation moved to the new Leicester Town Hall. It was later used as a police station and school, before becoming a museum.
Sight description based on wikipedia
New Walk Museum and Art Gallery

4) New Walk Museum and Art Gallery (must see)

The New Walk Museum and Art Gallery is a museum on New Walk not far from the city center. Two dinosaur skeletons are permanently installed in the museum — a cetiosaur found in Rutland (affectionately named George) and a plesiosaur from Barrow upon Soar. Other permanent exhibits include an Egyptian area, minerals of Leicestershire and a wild space area featuring stuffed animals from around the world. On the first floor of the museum is an exhibition area that changes periodically. Recent exhibits have included a Wallace and Gromit display and Picasso ceramics.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Leicester Print Workshop

5) Leicester Print Workshop

Leicester is famous for having the best printing products in the country. Visit the Print Workshop of Leicester to learn about different stages of the printing process and the development of the printing industry. There are open lectures, master classes, and printmaking courses organized by the Leicester Print Workshop, which provide excellent opportunities to learn more about this art.
Charles Moore Collection

6) Charles Moore Collection

Charles Moore is famous for its collection of musical instruments. Located at the University of Leicester, you can see an amazing variety of instruments dating back to the 18th and 19th century, especially woodwind and brass instruments. There is also a section dedicated to historical musical scores.
National Gas Museum

7) National Gas Museum

The Gas Museum is situated in the former gatehouse of a gasworks in Leicester and deals with the history of domestic and industrial gas supply. It is claimed to be "the biggest collection of gas and gas related artefacts in the world". The building is a Grade II listed building, dating from 1878, with a clock tower. The public museum is on two floors, with over 4000 items in storage. It was opened April 29th 1977, then called the John Doran Museum. Displays include accounts of the history of gas usage in the UK and examples of technology. There is a tableau of 1920s kitchen with gas equipment. Domestic items include washing machines, gas irons and even a gas-powered radio.

Operation hours: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday: 10 am - 3 pm.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Leicestershire County Cricket Club Museum

8) Leicestershire County Cricket Club Museum

All cricket fans must visit the Leicester County Cricket Club Museum to learn more about the traditions and history of this sport. The museum is situated on the Leicester cricket grounds and has an especially interesting exhibit on 'Discovering Cricket at Grace Road'. Here you’ll find artifacts related to the development of cricket and the influence of the sport on the city.

Walking Tours in Leicester, England

Create Your Own Walk in Leicester

Create Your Own Walk in Leicester

Creating your own self-guided walk in Leicester is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Historical Buildings

Historical Buildings

Leicester is a city in the East Midlands of England with a rich past. Valuable historical monuments in Leicester are under the special protection of the local government and are the pride of the city. Take this historical tour of central Leicester and learn about the city's medieval history.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.8 Km or 1.1 Miles
Leicester Introduction Walking Tour

Leicester Introduction Walking Tour

Part of England’s East Midlands region, the city of Leicester made history in 2015 as a new burial site of King Richard III in Leicester Cathedral, in place for over 900 years. Other than the king’s life and death, there are other attractions in Leicester worthy of attention. To check them out, use this self-guided walk and learn more about the past and present of Leicester in its variety!

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 Km or 2.4 Miles
Top Religious Buildings

Top Religious Buildings

Leicester is a multicultural city that supports a variety of religious communities. Next to Christian churches you can find mosques and Buddhist temples. Virtually every established faith is represented in Leicester. Explore Leicester's most notable places of worship and learn more about the cultural and religious life of the city on this tour.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.0 Km or 3.1 Miles
Architectural Jewels

Architectural Jewels

The most interesting architectural buildings in Leicester can be observed in the central part of the city. The historical architecture of Leicester is very diverse and reflects a variety of styles. The city experienced an explosion of growth during Queen Victoria’s reign (1837-1901), which explains the predominance of the Victorian style of architecture. Stroll along the main streets of the city...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 Km or 1.7 Miles
Tour of Northern Leicester

Tour of Northern Leicester

Northern Leicester is an area packed with interesting sights. Here you will find a fabulous array of historical attractions, museums and parks. Take this tour to visit the best Northern Leicester has to offer!

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.4 Km or 2.7 Miles