Visits in person are currently suspended due to COVID-19 Restrictions but we can provide virtual visits to schools as outlined below.
Please complete the booking form under Book your visit and we will contact you to arrange your visit and discuss 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.
Our pre-booked visits usually take place on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.
Who Can Visit?
Our visits are suitable for schools, adult and family groups. There is a lift in the building and all areas are accessible for wheelchairs
Visitors will be required to wear a mask and use the sanitising units’ available own site. The building will be cleaned between visits. Ambassadors and staff at the Synagogue will wear masks/shields. Please refer to the COVID-19 section for further details.
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 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 Muse-um and Art Gallery, Victoria Park and the University of Leicester. There are cafes nearby on London Road.
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 and Visitor Centre. The centre houses display 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. Ambassadors have a wealth of knowledge and stories to share.
Book Your Visit
We are accepting provisional bookings for school visits in 2021 and can also provide teachers with a range of resources to use in the classroom.
During the restrictions, we are offering schools the opportunity of a ‘virtual’ tour and Q&A session with one of our Ambassadors via Zoom. This provides a unique experience for your pupils to see the Synagogue and meet one of our Ambassadors, without leaving the classroom. Please complete the booking form below and we will be in touch to arrange your visit.
We normally welcome visitors and encourage adult groups (e.g. Church and University groups) and youth groups (e.g. Scouts) and others to book a tour of the Synagogue and Heritage Centre. We are currently taking provisional bookings for 2021.
Please complete the booking form below and we will contact you to arrange your visit and discuss any specific needs and learning objectives that you have.
All visits are currently suspended due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Book Your Visit
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We do our utmost to accommodate all visitors at our synagogue.