Guided Tours Of Leicester's Historic Buildings

The latest Heritage Sundays event takes place on Sunday 29 September 2013, with a rare opportunity for guided tours inside some of Leicester’s most historic buildings.

Following the successful opening of the Magazine Gateway and Wygston’s House earlier this month, these two buildings will again be open to the public from 11am to 4pm. While entrance is free, more can be learned about the history of these fascinating buildings from the expert Leicester Blue Badge Guides who will give an hour-long tour at each building.

The Magazine is over 600 years old and marked the entrance to the Newarke area of Leicester, which was first developed in the 14th century. Its uses over those years include accommodation for high ranking guests, a prison and a store for weapons.

Wygston’s House was built in the 15th century and is a rare example in Leicester of a medieval wool merchant’s home. It stands on one of the most important streets of old Leicester and was later developed as a Victorian dwelling, including at one stage as a home for penitent females.

Tours cost £2.50 and take place at 11am at the Magazine and 1pm at Wygston’s House. Tours are not suitable for small children and suitable footwear must be worn. Places are limited so pre-booking is essential. Tickets can be purchased from the Visit Leicester tourist information centre at 51 Gallowtree Gate, Leicester, or by calling 0116 299 4444 or emailing

Event date: 
Sunday, September 29, 2013 - 11:00 to 16:00