A picturesque 13th century house with a newly refurbished 17th century interior and set in 17th century style gardens. Explore the furnished rooms and discover life in Jacobean Leicestershire. Visit our website for more information about events and group visits.
Opening times: Spring to Autumn: Contact for details.
Admission Prices: Contact for details. 01530 831259.
Accepts Credit Cards
Baby Changing Facilities
House and Gardens
Spring to Autumn
Contact for details
Manor Road, Donington le Heath, Coalville, Leicestershire, LE67 2FW
The 1620s House and Garden at Donington le Heath, Coalville, Leicestershire
Donington Le Heath Manor House, one of the oldest houses in England! It is believed that Robert De Herle bought the land and had the house built between 1258 & 1295. For nearly 700 years the house remained a family dwelling. In the early part of the 16th Century, the house was modernised. Around this period the house may have been owned by the Digby family. Sir Everard Digby achieved notoriety as one of the conspirators in the Gunpowder Plot; he was a close friend of Guy Fawkes. In 1963 the house was purchased by Leicestershire County Council and the building was restored and opened to the public in 1973 as a museum. There are ghosts at Donington Le Heath Manor House. A housemaid has been seen flitting about and also a man of 17th Century appearance with a tall brimmed hat, thought to be the shade of Sir Everard Digby. Haunted Heritage were privileged to have exclusive use of the Manor house as a paranormal venue up until June 2014, when the events were put on hold whilst the building was redressed. It was during one of these events that we captured our famous EVP (electronic voice phenomenon), moments after leaving King Dick’s bedroom, home of the bed that Richard III, the last Plantagenet King of England slept in on his way to the Battle of Bosworth in 1485. Our EVP hit headline news across the world! You can hear this recording on our YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T4GkgTFBPWk