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The Guildhall

Discover the stories of infamous local villains, examine medieval artifacts and attend live music events at one of England’s oldest civic buildings.

The Guildhall is a pretty timber-framed building and one of Leicester’s most instantly recognizable landmarks. Explore the medieval-themed displays within and perhaps even watch a live music or theater performance.

First built in 1390, the Guildhall started as a meeting place for aristocrats and important businessmen. For centuries it served as the city’s town hall and has also been a courtroom, jail and medieval banquet hall.

Spend a few minutes admiring the building’s well-preserved 14th-century architecture, characterized by timber beams and whitewashed wattle and daub walls. Inside, visit the elegant Mayor’s Parlour and the Great Hall.

Look for the exhibits as you wander around the interior. The Medieval Leicester Galleries take visitors on a journey through the city’s history during the Middle Ages. Displays focus on topics such as the influence of King Richard III on the city as well as the city’s role in the 1485 Battle of Bosworth, the last notable battle of the War of the Roses. Other artifacts help demonstrate how the Black Death plague affected the region and its residents.

Walk along a corridor to the gloomy Victorian-era prison cells and learn about the exploits of Crankie Gemmie and Emma Smith, two ill-reputed pickpockets. During its time as a 19th-century police station, the Guildhall housed many undesirable characters. Some are said to still haunt the building, which once featured on the British paranormal series Most Haunted. Guided ghost hunts take place throughout the year.

This historic landmark is open daily, except for select public holidays. Admission to the building and its exhibitions is free, though there are charges for certain events. Time your visit to coincide with seasonal cultural events, such as Christmas fairs, folk concerts and theater productions. Ask at the reception for an event schedule and details about ghost tours.

The Guildhall is situated on the western edge of Leicester’s city center. It’s just a 15-minute walk from Leicester Railway Station. While here, stop at nearby Leicester Cathedral. This church contains the tomb of King Richard III as well as an outdoor art instillation about the king’s life, called Towards Stillness.


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