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Bradgate 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).

Disabled Facilities:

Please contact Bradgate Park for details.

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Baby Changing Facilities Baby Changing Facilities
Car Parking Car Parking
Children Welcome Children Welcome
Coach Parking Coach Parking
Disabled Parking Disabled Parking
Disabled Toilets Disabled Toilets
Dogs Allowed Dogs Allowed
Free WiFi Connection Free WiFi Connection
Gift Shop Gift Shop
Horse Riding Trails Horse Riding Trails
Information Centre Information Centre
Open All Year Open All Year
Picnic Area Picnic Area
Toilets Toilets
Walking Trails Walking Trails
Wheelchair Access Wheelchair Access

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Bus Service Bus Service
Cycling Cycling
Disabled Access Disabled Access
Grassy Paths Grassy Paths
Information Information
Parking Parking
Picnic Facilities Picnic Facilities
Refreshments Refreshments
Riding Riding
Surfaced Paths Surfaced Paths
Viewpoint Viewpoint
Walking Walking

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

No, but please adhere to the restrictions on time of use.

External links to Swithland Woods and Swithland from Hallgates.

Cycling information

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. 

Upcoming Events

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Horse Logging Course in Bradgate Park
16 April 2016 to 17 April 2016
08:45 to 16:00

Horse Logging Course

Contact Estate Office on 0116 236 2713

Bradgate Park Summer Fair
04 June 2016
10:00 to 17:00

Estate Office, Bradgate Park

Tel: 0116 236 2713


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Newtown Linford

0116 2362713

0116 2341851

Bradgate Park

Opening times

Bradgate Park, Daily, 8am - sunset


Country Park:
Adult: Free

Car & Coach Parking:
Adult: Pay & Display


Car and coach parking - charges apply.


Regular (120/121)