Our Heritage Centre is now welcoming pre-booked visits from groups, families and individuals.
If you represent a school group then please refer to our Education page to arrange your visit. Please see our list of upcoming Open Days and Events below or use the form at the bottom of this page to request a free private tour.
To arrange a visit please complete the booking form at the bottom of this page. We will contact you promptly to discuss availability and any specific needs that you have.
Visits to the Synagogue must be booked in advance. The building is not open to visitors at other times.
Why Visit the Synagogue?
There is a great deal to see and learn on a visit to this hidden gem. The Synagogue has served the local community for over a hundred years. It opened in 1898 and was designed by celebrated local architect Arthur Wakerley. Inside, you will see beautiful decorations and many interesting features, including the Torah Scrolls and a mikvah – a bath used for ritual immersion.
The Synagogue’s historic school rooms have been transformed with the help of a National Heritage Lottery Fund grant into a Heritage Centre. The new facilities house displays and a timeline which encourages visitors to explore the history of the Jewish Community in Leicester and to learn about Jewish festivals, celebrations, and way of life.
Your visit and experience will be further enhanced by our Ambassadors who will be on hand as guides. As members of our Community, the Ambassadors have a wealth of knowledge and stories to share.
The Synagogue and Heritage Centre holds regular Open Days, where we invite the public to come and visit us. On these days the Heritage Centre will be open for prebooked visits from 13:00-16:00.
Open Days are free and provide the opportunity to look around our beautiful Synagogue and to find out more about the cultural and religious heritage of the Jewish Community in Leicester.
In addition to our displays and handling collections, our Ambassadors and volunteers will be on hand to welcome you and provide information about the building and its history.
During school holiday periods Open Days will also include extra fun activities to keep the whole family entertained.
Upcoming Open Days:
The Synagogue and Heritage Centre will be open from 13:00-16:00
on the following days:
Public Open Days
Sunday 10th September (Heritage Open Days 2023)
Sunday 29th October
Sunday 26th November
Please remember to book your visit using the form below or our Eventbrite page.
Plan Your Visit
Who Can Visit?
Our visits are suitable for groups and individuals of all faiths and ages. There is a lift in the building and all areas are accessible for wheelchairs.
We encourage visitors to wear a mask and use the sanitising units’ available on site. The building will be cleaned between visits.
Please do not bring any large bags as we have limited space. No food or drink is permitted inside the building.
How to Find Us
The Synagogue and Heritage Centre is located at the corner of Highfield Street and Tichborne Street in Leicester, the postcode is LE2 1AD. You can see a map on our Contact Us page.
The Synagogue can be reached by foot in approximately 20 minutes from the city centre.
If you are travelling to Leicester by car the nearest car park is on Granville Rd (LE1 7RY) near to De Montfort Hall. There is also some on-street parking (pay and display) close to the Synagogue.
If you are travelling to Leicester by train, the Synagogue is just a 10-minute walk from Leicester train station.
Nearby: The Synagogue is just a 10-minute walk to other places of interest such as New Walk Museum and Art Gallery, Victoria Park and the University of Leicester. There are cafes nearby on London Road.
Book Your Visit
Planning a Visit?
We do our utmost to accommodate all visitors at our synagogue.