Bradgate Park & Swithland Wood Country Park
Bradgate park is an historic Mediaeval deer park in the heart of the ancient Charnwood Forest. It retains much of its original landscape with small woods, grassy slopes and rocky outcrops. Swithland Wood - 146 acres of Ancient Woodland.
Bradgate Park is Leicestershire's largest, most visited country park and was originally created as a deer park in the ancient Charnwood Forest. Red and fallow deer can still be seen feeding among the bracken.
Grassy paths provide a variety of walks with views over nearby Cropston Reservoir and the city of Leicester. A tarmac carriageway through the park gives limited access for wheelchair users.
An important part of the history of the Park are the ruins of Bradgate House, home to Lady Jane Grey, who was Queen for nine days before being beheaded in 1554. Another prominant landmark is the Old John Tower, a folly built on a hilltop in 1786.
The park includes a visitor centre, which contains displays on its history, geology, flora and fauna. Please note that there is an admission charge for the visitor centre.
A leaflet on the geology of the site, 'A Geological Walk Around Bradgate Park & Swithland Wood', is also available.
Description of Facilities
On site toilets, restaurant/cafe, gift shop, picnic area, site ranger/tour guide available (booking required - please contact Bradgate Park for prices etc).
Please contact Bradgate Park for details.
Loads to see and do key
Horse Riding Trails
Open All Year
Horse Riding Facilities
A network of interconnecting concessionary horse riding tracks are waymarked (with a yellow flash) across Bradgate Park and link with the main entrances at Newtown Linford, Hallgates and Hunts Hill.
Please visit Bradgate Park’s website for further information and details of opening times etc at http://www.bradgatepark.org/79/Horse_Riding/
No, but please adhere to the restrictions on time of use.
External links to Swithland Woods and Swithland from Hallgates.
Cyclists permitted on tarmac path that crosses through the park. This is flat, wide and good for families although can get very busy at weekends. It also passes the tearooms and toilets.
Old John Tower - Bradgate Park, Newtown Linford
08 June 2013
14:30 to 16:30
Unique opportunity to see inside Old John Tower and enjoy the panoramic views of Leicestershire. Learn of its history and the windmill that previously stood on the hill. Walk is pre-bookable. Contact Lynda Taylor on 0116 236 2713.
History of Bradgate Park
06 July 2013
14:30 to 16:30
Bradgate Park is steeped in history - from its Norman beginnings as a hunting park to the building of Bradgate House, home of Lady Jane Grey. Contact Lynda Taylor on 0116 236 2713 for further details.
Old John Tower - Bradgate Park
10 August 2013
14:30 to 16:30
Unique opportunity to see inside Old John Tower and enjoy the amazing panoramic views of Leicestershire from the first floor windows. Pre-bookable as numbers are limited. Contact Lynda Taylor on 0116 236 2713 for further details.
Bradgate Park, Daily, 8am - sunset
Car & Coach Parking:
Adult: Pay & Display
Adult: Modest Charge
Car and coach parking - charges apply.