Explore the heritage of Leicestershire - social history, architectural history and industrial history

Abbey Pumping Station

Corporation Road, Leicester LE4 5PX
Tel:  0116 299 5111
Email: museums@leicester.gov.uk


Step through the doors beneath the 150-foot chimney and you'll discover how Leicester’s Victorians tackled some of the big issues of the day, including how to keep clean water flowing for the growing City.  Not only for the steam enthusiast, Abbey Pumping Station has exhibits that encourage all the family to get hands-on with the history of science, industry, transport, health and hygiene.

Ashby de la Zouch Museum

North Street, Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire
LE65 1HU

Tel:  01530 560090
Email:  ashbymuseum@outlook.com

Ashby de la Zouch Museum is an independent museum, managed and run by volunteers.

Belgrave Hall

Church Road, Belgrave, Leicester
Tel: 0116 229 8181
Email: museums@leicester.gov.uk


On Heritage Open Days you can take the opportunity to wander through the beautiful Hall itself and soak up the traditional architecture.  The tranquil walled gardens, surrounding the Hall, include plants and trees introduced by the Hall’s many owners, including yew trees and wisteria planted by the Ellis family in the mid-1800s.

Castle Donington Museum

4 Apiary Gate, Castle Donington, Derby
DE74 2JA

Email:  info@castledoningtonmuseum.org


Castle Donington Museum has been at the 17th century Stone House, a Grade II listed building, since 2000. Each year a new exhibition illustrates different aspects of life and history of Castle Donington over the centuries.

Charnwood Museum

Queens Hall, Granby Street, Loughborough,
Leicestershire  LE11 3DU
Tel:  01509 233754
Email:  museum@charnwood.gov.uk

Charnwood Museum is a popular family friendly museum set in the heart of the beautiful Queens Park in the centre of Loughborough. The Museum features a wide range of exhibits which reflect local history and industries

Great Central Railway

Loughborough Central Station, Great Central Road, Loughborough, Leicestershire,
LE11 1RW
Tel: 01509 632323
Email: sales@gcrailway.co.uk

The Great Central Railway is Britain's only double track main line steam railway. Train rides are available every weekend and Bank Holiday throughout the year and daily in May through to September.

Harborough Museum

The Symington Building, Adam and Eve Street, Market Harborough, LE16 7LT
Tel:  0116 305 3627
Email:  harboroughmuseum@leics.gov.uk

The museum celebrates Market Harborough’s long history as a centre of trade and industry in the heart of the Welland Valley. The internationally-important Hallaton Treasure is showcased in the museum. Found in 2000, the Treasure Gallery contains over 2,500 glittering coins, mysterious offerings and a beautiful and unique 1st century Roman cavalry helmet.

Leicester Guildhall

Guildhall Lane, Leicester  LE1 5FQ
Tel: 0116 253 2569
Email: museums@leicester.gov.uk


Starting with its Great Hall built in about 1390, a tour of Leicester Guildhall will take you through the centuries and many uses of the site. From its first role as a meeting place for the Guild of Corpus Christi, to a public performance space where even Shakespeare may have acted, to the home of one of the oldest public libraries, the town hall and even a police station.

Leicester Museum & Art Gallery

53 New Walk, Leicester  LE1 7EA
Tel: 0116 225 4900
Email: museums@leicester.gov.uk


A family friendly day out, the galleries include Ancient Egypt, Dinosaurs, Wild Space, Leicester Stories Gallery, the Victorian Art Gallery, Arts & Crafts Gallery, Picasso Ceramics: The Attenborough Collection and Leicester's internationally renowned German Expressionism collection.

Loughborough Bellfoundry

Freehold Street, Loughborough, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 1AR
Tel: 01509 638500

Foundry Tours bring you up close to the manufacturing process by taking you around the bellmaking workshops in the main factory building. NOTE:  The museum will close for a major refurbishment in September 2022.

Melton Carnegie Museum

Thorpe End, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, LE13 1RB
Tel:  0116 305 3860
Email: meltonmuseum@leics.gov.uk

Melton Museum traces the social and economic history of Melton and includes exhibitions on the town's world-renowned Stilton cheese and pork pie industries and the history of fox hunting.

Newarke Houses

The Newarke, Leicester LE2 7BY

Tel:  0116 225 4980
Email:  museums@leicester.gov.uk


Wygston's Chantry House and Skeffington House were both built around 1511. 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.

Sir John Moore Foundation Museum

Top Street, Appleby Magna
Leicestershire DE12 7AH
Tel:  01530 273629 

Email:  sally.lowe@sirjohnmoore.org.uk


The Sir John Moore Foundation Museum is part of the Sir John Moore Heritage site, a Grade 1 listed building in Appleby Magna. Originally designed by Sir Christopher Wren, it was opened as a school in 1697.  The museum shows what life would have been like for a Victorian schoolboy - come and have a look around a school room, the Headmaster's Office, and a dormitory. We hold regular Open Days and events.

Swannington Heritage Trust

St George's Hill, Swannington, Coalville, Leicestershire LE67 8QW

Swannington Heritage Trust is an entirely volunteer run organisation maintaining 14 acres of former industrial heritage sites that are now managed as woodlands and grass heathland for the benefit of the community.  Projects include Hough Mill and the Swannington Incline.