Jewry Wall Museum

Jewry Wall Museum
St Nicholas Circle


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General enquiries

0116 225 4971

Senior Curator

0116 225 2455


0116 225 4966

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Jewry Wall
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At Jewry Wall Museum you can discover the archaeology of Leicester’s past and find out about the people of Leicester from prehistoric times to the medieval period.

A special display on the history of archaeology in Leicester, ‘Archaeology and Endeavour’ explains why our city has such rich and interesting museum collections and includes a stunning display of extremely rare medieval glass from Wygston’s House.

The museum grounds contain one of Leicester’s most famous landmarks, the Jewry Wall, part of the Roman town's public baths. It is one of the tallest surviving pieces of Roman masonry in the country.

The celebration of Leicester’s Roman history continues inside the museum, with stunning collections including detailed mosaics, intricate painted wall plaster and a beautiful Roman cavalry helmet cheekpiece.

Complementing our Roman archaeology collections, there are fascinating artefacts from other eras. From ancient stone tools to striking medieval decorated tiles from Leicester Abbey, there's something to interest the whole family.

Venue Type:

Museum, Archaeological site

Opening hours

Open daily: 11.00am - 4.30pm (February - October)

Closed: November - January apart from special events

Admission charges

Admission free

Additional info

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.

Collection details

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
  • Romans
Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

On the Existence of Dragons…

  • 27 April 2014 2:30-3:30pm

Dragon lore is known across cultures, but how can this be for fictitious beasts? Perhaps they really existed!

This illustrated talk explores the fascinating possibility.

Light refreshments available.


Advance booking recommended, £2.50.


A Day of Dragons

  • 27 April 2014 11:30am-3:30pm

Be you brave enough to join us for our dragon activities lurking around the museum? Those that complete the trail will be rewarded with treasure!

Light refreshments available.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Admission free, activities £2.50.


Museums at Night: Murder Mystery at the Jewry Wall Museum

  • 16 May 2014 7:30-10:30pm

The evening starts with a tour of the Roman Baths, then into the museum where things won't go quite according to plan!

The tour of the new gallery results in a gruesome discovery...
Can you figure out who did it?!

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • Not suitable for children


Bar available, advance booking essential, to book call 0116 225 4971.

£10 (light buffet included).


Glass and Brass Fun Day

  • 8 June 2014 11:30am-3:30pm

Enjoy the beautiful display of Wygston’s Glass. Create your own glass painting and brass rubbing, and hear a talk about the Wygston’s House Glass.

Light refreshments available.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Admission free, activities £2.50.


Outdoor Shakespeare: William Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors

  • 30 August 2014 7:30-10pm

The bard comes to Leicester, a superb outdoor production in the atmospheric surroundings of the Jewry Wall Roman ruins.

Grounds open for picnics at 6.30pm.

Light refreshments available.


Advanced booking recommended, £12.00 / 10.00 Concessions.

Tickets available from the Guildhall Museum 0116 253 2569.