Jewry Wall Museum
Jewry Wall Museum
St Nicholas Circle
Leicester Museums & Galleries website
0116 225 4971
0116 225 2455
0116 225 4966
The Jewry Wall is one of Leicester's most famous landmarks. It is a rare example of Roman walling which has survived for nearly 2000 years.
Originally it was part of the Roman public baths. It separated the exercise hall, which stood on the site of St. Nicholas church, from the rest of the baths. The ruins between the Jewry Wall and the museum were excavated in the 1930s and preserved by the enlightened
The baths were more like Turkish Baths than the swimming pools of today. Bathers progressed through cold, warm and hot rooms and could visit a sweat room. The baths enabled the citizens of Rome to keep clean and gossip with their friends. An exercise hall allowed the young and energetic to keep fit.
Museum, Archaeological site
Open daily: 11.00am - 4.30pm (February - October)
Closed: November - January apart from special events
There is a car park adjacent to the museum, within St. Nicholas Circle. Wheelchair access is available from Holy Bones, through Vaughan College private car park. Please telephone in advance so that we can make sure the access through the car park is clear. The museum displays and toilet are entirely wheelchair accessible.
The adjacent museum tells the story of Leicester from prehistory through to the end of the medieval period. The museum holds Leicestershire's archaeological collections ranging in date from 300,000 years ago to the end of the Middle Ages. The Roman collections are particularly exciting and include what experts describe as the finest Roman mosaic in this country and three very rare examples of magnificent Roman wall painting.
'The Making of Leicester', a multi-media exhibition, tells the story of the City from the Iron Age to the year 2000. The exhibition focuses on the people who created Leicester's colourful history in a series of exciting formats. The centrepiece of the exhibition is the specially commissioned portraits of Leicester at different historical periods and the scientific re-creation of the faces of historic Leicester citizens from their skulls.
Archaeology, Costume and Textiles, Religion, Science and Technology, Trade and Commerce, Weapons and War
Key artists and exhibits
- Glen Parva Lady
- Blackfriars Pavement
- Peacock Mosaic
- Blue Boar Lane Wall Plaster
- Norfolk Street Villa Wall Plaster
Festival of Archaeology 2013
Join us for the annual celebration of local and national archaeology. Jewry Wall Museum will be hosting an action-packed fortnight filled with a variety of activities including talks, displays, re-enactment and craft activities. Free ‘Grand Tours’ of the Roman baths, with replica objects to handle, will be taking place throughout the Festival at 12.00pm, for more details on events call 0116 225 4971.
- Any age
Free guided tours, for other activities please check with the museum.