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Free Entry, Museums, Galleries, Country Parks and Visitor Attractions.

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TEMPORARY EXIBITION - Richard III: Leicester's Search for a King - The Guildhall, Guildhall Lane, Leicester, LE1 5FQ
A major exhibition telling the story of King Richard III, his life and times and the search for his lost remains.
FREE ENTRY - Opening Hours:
February: Mon 25th – Fri 1st March - 11:00 – 16:30
March: Sat 2nd & Sun 3rd - 10:00 – 17:00
From Monday 4th March: daily for the duration of the exhibition - 11.00am – 4.30pm
T: 0116 253 2569
E: info@visitleicester.info
W: www.visitleicester.info/richardIII


Abbey Pumping Station
Corporation Road, Abbey Lane
Leicester, Leicestershire, LE4 5PX

Open Apr to Sept: Mon - Sat 10.00 - 17.00,
Sun 1300 - 17.00
Oct to Mar: Mon - Sat 10.00 - 16.00,
Sun 1300 - 16.00

Closed Dec 24, 25, 26, 31 and Jan 1

Admission is Free.

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Tel: 0116 299 5111
Fax: 0116 299 5125


Beacon Hill Country Park Near Woodhouse Eves, Loughborough, Leicestershire

Just to the south of Loughborough this Free Entry country park, with a car parking charge (£1-50p in 2008), is part of The National Forest.

Consisting of heathland and woods, with the second highest point in Leicestershire having great views. The summit toposcope, located above ancient earthworks, indicates landmarks in all directions.

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Tel: 01509 890048


Belgrave Hall
Church Road, Belgrave
Leicester, Leicestershire, LE4 5PE

Open Apr to Sept: Mon - Sat 10.00 - 17.00,
Sun 1300- 17.00
Oct to Mar: Mon - Sat 10.00 - 16.00, Sun 1300- 16.00
Closed Dec 24th, 25th, 26th, 31st & January 1st

Belgrave Hall provides an oasis of peace and quiet in a busy city. The Hall was built between 1709 and 1713. Today, Belgrave Hall is a thriving museum where the visitor can discover the contrasting lifestyles of an upper middle class family and domestic servants in the Victorian and Georgian Room settings and beautiful walled botanic gardens. The Victorian Nursery, family music room and 18th century kitchen allow the visitor to step back in time.

During 1999 the Hall became famous for its ghostly goings-on and over the years there have been a number of unexplained paranormal events

Admission is Free.

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Tel: 0116 266 6590
Fax: 0116 261 3063



Bradgate Country Park,
(Northwest of) Leicester, Leicestershire

Free Entry but Parking Charge

Entrances with car parking at:

Newton Linford MAP to car park

Cropston - Hallgates MAP to car park

Hunt's Hill - Old John MAP to car park

Bradgate Country Park is probably Leicestershire's most visited country park. With extensive areas of small woodlands, ancient trees, rocky outcrops and all this with the chance of seeing herds of fallow or red deer too!

Ruins of Bradgate and Old John Tower.

Originally the area was a medieval and Royal Tudor hunting park.

Open daily for foot passengers.

Tel: 0116 236 2713


Brocks Hill Country Park and Visitors Centre
Washbrook Lane, Oadby, Leicester LE2 5JJ

Off the B582 - MAP

Over 65 acres of country park with arboretum, play area, on-site cafe and large car park.

Environment centre deMontrating solar and wind power.

Photovoltaics explained! - The water cycle explained, including the journey from rain to sewage treatment.

Free Entry - self guided tour.

Opening times:

Mon to Fri 10.00 to 17.00 - Sat, Sun and Bank Hols 10.00 to 16.00

Tel:0116 2572888


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Burrough Hill Country Park,
Burrough on the Hill, (south of) Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire

The site of an Iron Age Hill Fort. Toposcope showing landmarks over eastern Leicestershire.

Marked footpaths

Free access - Car Parking Charge Applies

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Castle Donington Museum,
The Stone House, 4 Apiary Gate,
Castle Donington,
Leicestershire DE74 2JA

Castle Donington Museum is housed in a 17th century farm building. With outdoor and indoor exhibits since 2004. The museum tells the story of the area since prehistoric times.

Open from Easter Sun to the end of Sept

Sats - 09.30 to 12.00
Sun and Bank Holiday Mon - 14.00 to 16.30

May Day - 09.30 to 15.30

Tel: 01332 810712
Parties by Appointment - Please Phone 01332 810719

FREE ADMISSION - donations welcome

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Castle Donington Museum is a Registered Museum, No. 1058715 and a member of Leicestershire Museum Forum. Registered Charity Registration No.1058715



Charnwood Museum
Queen's Hall, Granby Street
Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 3DU

Close to the Grand Union Canal, Loughborough Basin.

Free Entrance - Charnwood Museum, Loughborough - Free Admission

Situated in the pleasant Queen's Park, Charnwood Museum features permanent exhibitions that have been grouped into four areas: 'Coming to Charnwood', 'The Natural World of Charnwood', 'Living off the Land' and 'Earning a Living'. Each contain exhibits from the past and present including interactive displays.

Mon to Sat 10.00 - 1630
Sun 14.00 - 17.00

Admission is Free.

Tel: 01509 233754
Fax: 01509 268140
Visit Website

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Donisthorpe Woodland Park, Church Street, Donisthorpe, North West Leicestershire

A 36-hectare former colliery site in The National Forest where there are 20 hectares of mixed woodland and 3km (1.85 miles) of stone-surfaced paths, which are suitable for all users. There are links to the 6km (3.7 miles) Ashby Woulds Heritage Trail and Moira Furnace along the towpath of the restored Ashby Canal.

Admission - Free

Open - Oct to Mar Daily 09.00 to 16.00
Apr -Sept Daily 09.00 to 19.00

Pedestrian Access Anytime

MAP

Picnic Area Way- Marked walks and cycle trails

Parking: available at Donisthorpe Miners' Welfare

Tel: 01530 278 444

Email: countryparks@leics.gov.uk


Ferrers Centre for Arts & Crafts
Staunton Harold, Ashby de la Zouch
Leicestershire, LE65 1RU

Situated within an original Georgian stable block, amidst beautiful countryside, houses a thriving community of crafts people. 16 studios operate around an exhibition and deMontration area within the courtyard, with direct access to the public.

Open all year

Admission is Free.

MAP

Tel: 01332 965 408
Fax: 01332 965 408


Foxton Locks, Grand Union Canal,
Market Harborough LE16 7RA

Admission to Foxton Locks is Free but visitor attractions in the vicinity may charge admission.

Foxton Locks are managed by British Waterways and is part of the working canal system. Please take care around water. There are 10 locks where you can watch canal narrowboats and cruisers passing through daily.

There is the Foxton Canal Museum (charge applies), Foxton Boat (Trip Boat) Services (charges apply), pubs and refreshments.

There is a country park close by and Foxton Inclined Plane

Ideal for picnics and exercise

See www.CanalCuttings.co.uk/Foxton-locks

MAP

Open all year - 24/7

Tel: BW - 01908 302500


Gas Museum, National Gas Museum Trust, 195 Aylestone Road, Leicester LE2 7QJ

The largest museum in the world to do with gas! Gas appliances and equipment. Even a gas radio!

Free admission

Open Tues to Thurs from 12.00 to 16.30 only

MAP


Guru Nanak Sikh Museum,
9 Holy Bones, Leicester LE1 4LB

Tel: 0116 262 8606 of opening times.

Free to enter

The first registered Sikh museum in the UK with permanent displays of models of major Sikh shrines, paintings illustrating Sikh culture, manuscripts, coins, photographs. Details of Sikh army officers who fought for Britain in two world wars.

MAP


Hallaton Museum
Hog Lane, Hallaton
Market Harborough,
Leicestershire, LE16 8UE

Open 12 Apr -31 Oct, Sat, Sun,
Bank holiday, 14.30 - 17.00

MAP

Admission is Free.


Harborough Museum
Council Offices, Adam & Eve Street
Market Harborough
Leicestershire, LE16 7AG

Housed in the old corset factory in the centre of Market Harborough, the Museum illustrates Market Harborough's role as a market, social and hunting centre and a stagecoach post. Boot and shoemakers workshop. 17th century toys and much more.

Displays also include: Symington Corsets, including the world famous 'liberty bodice' - Symington Soups, Table Creams and Pea Flour - Local archaeology finds.

OPEN TO Oct 2008 - Closed for refurbishment until Spring 2009

Open Mon to Sat 10.00 - 1630
Sun 14.00 - 17.00

Admission is Free.

MAP

Tel: 01858 821085
Fax: 01858 821086
Visit Website



Hough Windmill, St Georges Hill, Swannington, Leicestershire

Hough Windmill is a partially restored tower windmill. The brick built mill has machinery on show, artifacts, models and hands-on exhibits.

A great picnic spot close to Swannington Common.

Open Apr to end of Sept Sun and Bank Holidays only 14.00 - 17.00

Admission Free (donations welcome)

OS Grid: SK 410171

MAP

Tel: 01530 832704

Web: www.swannington-heritage.co.uk


Leicester Royal Infirmary: History Museum
Knighton Street
Leicester
Leicestershire

Open all year , Wed, 12.00 - 14.00.

Admission is Free.

MAP

Tel: 0116 254 1414


Loughborough Carillon and War Memorial Museum,
Within Queen's Park, Loughborough,
Leicestershire

Loughborough Carillon Tower and War Memorial Museum - Free Entry to Museum

The first grand carillon in Britain. Home of a Museum of the Armed Forces.

A carillon is a stationary set of chromatically tuned bells in a tower, usually played from a keyboard. The keyboard for the Loughborough Carillon is on the third level floor, just below the bells.

Free admission to the Museum ground floor but a small charge to visit the upper floors or climb the 138 steps to the top of the tower (60p - 2008), where there are great views of the Charnwood Forest. Concessions Free.

Entrance to the two upper rooms of the War Memorial Museum, the first being dedicated primarily to the Leicestershire Yeomanry, are dependant on there being two volunteers in station.

Loughborough War Memorial Museum in the Carillon Tower

Open to the public every day from Good Fri to the 30th Sept.

Sun, Mon, Tues, Wed and Fri 13.00 - 16.30
Thur and Sat 10.00 to 16.30

MAP

Recitals: Thur at 13.00 and on other days as per programme - Tel: 01509 263370



Lutterworth Museum
Wycliffe House, Gilmorton Road
Lutterworth, Leicestershire, LE17 4DY

Open 1 Mar - 30 Oct, Mon, Thur to Sat, 10.00 - 16.00

Admission is Free.

MAP

Tel: 01455 555585


The Manor House at Donington-Le-Heath
Donington-Le-Heath, Coalville
Leicestershire, LE67 2FW

A Manor House dating back to 1280. The mainly 17th century house has a fascinating history and is now restored with fine oak furnishings. The surrounding grounds have a period herb garden and an orchard. The adjoining stone barn houses a tempting tea room.

Mar - Nov: 11.00 - 16.00
December, January & February open weekends only 11.00 - 16.00

Admission is Free.

MAP

Tel: 01530 831 259
Fax: 01530 831 259
Visit Website


Melton Carnegie Museum
Thorpe End, Melton Mowbray
Leicestershire, LE13 1RB

The history of the surrounding area is explored through the social, economic and artistic development of the town, from pre history to date and includes displays featuring its famous food industries as well as references to the market and other trades. The Museum is situated at the eastern end of this thriving market town renowned world wide as a centre for pork pie and 'the King of English cheeses' - Stilton.

What is stilton cheese? Where is stilton cheese made?

Open daily 10.00 - 16.30

Admission is Free.

MAP

Tel: 01664 569946
Fax: 01664 564060
Visit Website



Newarke Houses Museum
The Newarke, Leicester
Leicestershire, LE2 7BY

Newarke Houses Museum incorporates the Museum of The Royal Leicestershire Regiment - 'The Tigers'.

The museum is about the citizens of Leicester. Toys and growing up in Leicester. You can also experience a WWI trench from the Western Front.

Take time out to visit the formal gardens.

Opening Hours: 1 Apr - 30 Sep, Mon - Sat, 10.00 - 17.00,
Sun, 11.00 - 17.00

Closed 24, 25, 26 Dec, 1 Jan.

Admission is Free.

MAP

Tel: 0116 247 3222
Fax: 0116 247 0403


New Walk Museum and Art Gallery,
New Walk, Leicester LE1 7EA

Free Admission Museum

2008 - A major refurbishment programme of the main entrance hall gallery is being undertaken The rest of the museum is fully open with galleries for art, ancient Egypt, bio-diversity, natural history and geology.

Open: Mon to Sat 10.00 - 17.00 and Sun 11.00 - 17.00

MAP

Tel: 0116 225 4927


Oakthorpe Colliery Picnic Site, Ashby Road, Oakthorpe, North West Leicestershire

A six-hectare former colliery site in The National Forest which has areas of naturally-regenerated woodland, as well as planting with new native woodland. There are open grass areas, managed for wild flowers, and surfaced paths, which are suitable for all users. There is access to the 40-hectare Willesley Wood managed by the Woodland Trust.

Admission - Free
Open Oct to Mar Daily 09.00 to 16.00
Apr to Sept Daily 0900 to 19.00
Pedestrian Access Anytime

MAP

Picnic Area

Access
Wheelchair users will need assistance in some places.
Facilities
Parking

The car park entrance has a height restriction barrier of 2 metres.

Tel: 01530 278444


Old Rectory Museum
Rectory Place, Loughborough
Leicestershire, LE11 1UW

Open 3 Apr - 30 Oct, Sat 1000 to 1600

Admission is Free.

MAP

Tel: 01509 843297


University of Leicester Botanic
Gardens Glebe Road, Oadby, Leicester LE2 2NE

Free Entry except special events.

16 acres of botanical gardens, including glasshouses pond, water garden, woodland and borders.

Home of the award winning Fibonacci Pavements - based on the series of numbers forming the mathematical basis for spirals and patterns common in nature.

Opening times:

Mid Mar to Mid Nov - Mon to Fri ONLY - Rest of the year Daily 10.00 to 16.00

MAP

Tel: 0116 2712933



Watermead Country Park, Birstall, Syston, Leicester, Leicestershire

Watermead Country Park - Grand Union / River Soar Navigation

Free Entry

Watermead Country Park - Leicester County CouncilAccess to the Grand Union Canal and River Soar - Nature reserve with bird hides by reedbeds. Lakes - Woodland walks.

Wildfowl refuge.

Pay and display car parking (£1-50p - 2008)

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William Carey Museum
Central Baptist Church
Charles Street, Leicester
Leicestershire, LE1 1LA

Open by appointment only.

Admission is Free.

MAP

Tel: 0116 255 4013
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Woodhouse Eaves Windmill, Windmill Hill, Woodhouse Eaves, Leicestershire LE12 8SR

Windmill Hill is part of the National Forest with way marked paths. The Woodhouse Eaves Windmill is now the viewing platform for the Country Park all that remains is the stone-built 'roundhouse' that was the base of a former post mill that was destroyed by fire in 1945.

OS GRid: SK 823142

Country Park open all year - exterior with interpretive boards.

Viewing platform (Roundhouse) open May to Sept, Sun only 09.00 - 16.00

Tel: 01509 890048

MAP

Admission Free (car parking charge applies)



Wymondham Windmill, Butt Lane, Wymondham, Leicestershire LE14 2BU

A rare 6 sailed, 5 story, windmill, partially restored.

Wymondham Windmill has a tea-room and woodland trails.

OS Grid: SK 850192

MAP

Various family events throughout the summer.

Admission and Parking Free

Open: Easter to Oct. Tue to Sun and Bank Holidays. 11.00 - 1500

Tel: 01572 787304

Web: www.wymondhamwindmill.co.uk



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Hinckley and District Museum, Hinckley

Magazine Gateway, Leicester

National Space Centre, Leicester

Snibston Discovery Park, Coalville

Stanford Hall, Lutterworth

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