If you’re after a splash of culture while staying with us, head to Leicester’s original museum, the New Walk Museum and Art Gallery. With a wide range of collections and displays, spanning both the natural and cultural world, the diverse exhibitions at this free-to-enter museum provide something for all the family.

Originally founded in 1849, when the Literary and Philosophical Society presented various collections to the town, the New Walk Museum and Art Gallery has expanded over the last 170 years to become one of the premier museums in the region. Art-lovers will enjoy permanent exhibitions such as Picasso Ceramics: The Attenborough Collection, the Victorian Art Gallery, and Leicester’s internationally renowned collection of German Expressionism. For those with younger visitors, explore the Dinosaur Gallery, Wild space, Life and Death in Ancient Egypt and The Den for under 5s.

There’s also a diverse programme of events to be enjoyed, from children’s craft activities to lunchtime concerts; and, with several temporary exhibitions, you’re guaranteed something a little different no matter how frequently you visit. Parents will appreciate the Baby and Toddler Group, too, where small explorers are given the run of the gallery and entertained with stories and sensory play. Running every Tuesday morning until 17th December, and culminating in a Christmas Baby Disco, it’s the perfect opportunity to do some Christmas shopping without little ones in tow!

The New Walk Museum and Art Gallery is located right in the centre of Leicester, so is easily accessible from us at the Holiday Inn Leicester Wigston. Whether you’re seeking an afternoon of culture, or something to energetic youngsters entertained for a couple of hours, this iconic museum is the perfect destination.

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