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Jewry Wall Museum

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Address: 156-160 St. Nicholas Circle | Leicester, Leicester LE1 4LB, England
Phone Number: +44 116 225 4971
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At Jewry Wall Museum you can discover the archaeology of Leicester's past...

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.

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Get back to the Romans in compressed form

The site is situated close to one of the main roundabouts of Leicester City and is accessed by an unobtrusive staircase, or from the back if you need level access. The... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The site is situated close to one of the main roundabouts of Leicester City and is accessed by an unobtrusive staircase, or from the back if you need level access. The unremarkable ways of getting access should not deter you, however, as the remains of the Roman bath are impresseive and the museum connected to the site not very large,... More 

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Midlands, UK
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

we came here for a Young Archaeologists' meeting and were very pleasantly surprised. Lots to do and see and well presented. Easy to get to from town centre, even if parking at St Nicholas Circle is absolutely extortionate - if you're coming from further away find somewhere else and walk!

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

It is not often that you see museums like this nowadays - but we were only adults and we had enough time to thoroughly examine all the interesting exhibits shown here. Since we are Danish we enjoyed the Viking aspect - but also the many things that illustrated life in medieval Leicester. Much more interesting than the Cathedral and Richard... More 

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Reading, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

Superb Roman ruins outside - worth it just to see this. All free. Museum building is a bit out of date, but it has loads to do inside and is really accessible for all ages. Lots of Roman and Mediaeval artefacts, set out more for a younger audience (lift the flap etc). Dressing up area and craft activities. We spent... More 

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

This museum takes you through Leicester's story, from Roman times to Victorian days. Inside it is excellent, but step outside and you in Roman Leicester, Ratae, with the ruins of the baths beneath the medieval walls and the wonderful St Nicholas Church.

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James H, Marketing and Communications at Jewry Wall Museum, responded to this review

Many thanks for your review and feedback, much appreciated. Hope you can come back and see us soon. More 

Leicester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

The Jewry Wall has nothing to do with Judaism. The modern museum about Roman Leicester is between St Nicholas Saxon church and the ruins of a Roman public bath. Taken with the Guildhall, Cathedral and Newarke Museum this is all part of Leicester's history. The museum contains a genuine Roman mosaic ie not a reproduction.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

I wouldn't go again but it was interesting seeing the walls of the baths outside and relating them to the displays inside

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Telford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

A really interesting insight into Leicester's history. The Roman remains and descriptions very informative and seeing the Roman really in context shows how important this place was in historical terms. Spent a thoroughly informative hour or more here. Hope that Leicester appreciate s it's heritage.

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James H, Marketing and Communications at Jewry Wall Museum, responded to this review

Many thanks for your review and visit, much appreciated. More 

London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

There are lots of Roman bits and pieces found locally - coins, pots, tiles, mozaics, and lots of things to handle. Also costumes to try on, which is amusing for children and adults. The layout is very clear, and there is a big window looking out on the remains of the Roman buildings. The only downside was the poor selection... More 

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James H, Marketing and Communications at Jewry Wall Museum, responded to this review

Many thanks for your review and visit, much appreciated. We'll pass on your feedback to our retail manager too. More 

Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

What unexpected are the comprehensive materials exhibited. Telling you not only the history of the ruins, but also the English History.

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