Festival Venue: New Walk Museum and Art Gallery

New Walk is a leafy footpath leading from Leicester city centre to Victoria Park. Laid out in the early 19th Century as a pedestrian alleyway, New Walk is unique in English urban planning. The Museum was originally built as a school but later in 1849 converted into a museum. Nicholas Pevsner described the entrance as a ‘dignified, somewhat heavy four-column portico of giant Tuscan columns’.

The centrepiece of the Museum’s possessions is a significant collection of Victorian Art housed in the splendid newly refurbished main gallery. New Walk Museum also has an important collection of German Expressionist paintings and a unique display of Picasso ceramics gifted to the Museum by the late Lord Attenborough.

The Victorian Art Gallery, with its excellent acoustic and Steinway grand piano, has hosted some of the UK’s finest classical chamber musicians. An annual season of Lunchtime Concerts has just completed 75 years and the more recent Leicester International Music Festival is now in its 27th year.

The Festival attracts outstanding international musicians and is now one of the UK’s leading festivals of classical chamber music.

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New Walk Museum and Art Gallery
53 New Walk, Leicester LE1 7EA


  • automatic doors

  • external and internal ramps

  • disabled toilets on ground floor

  • induction loop

  • guide dogs welcome (please specify when booking)

  • large print programmes available on the day of the concert

  • wheelchair spaces available: can be reserved with a complimentary seat for a carer (please specify when booking and leave contact details in order for us to provide the best possible experience)

  • disabled parking

Parking & Travel

  • There is on-street parking around the museum (free after 6pm)

  • The nearest public car park is Welford Road NCP, Duke Street LE1 6WA

  • Travel information: 0871 200 2233

  • Nearest train station: Leicester, Fox Street LE2 0QB (8 minute walk or 5 minute taxi ride)