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“What a public park should be” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Bradgate Park

Bradgate Park
Newtown Linford, Leicester LE6 OHE, England
+44 116 234 1850
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Ranked #1 of 143 things to do in Leicester
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Owner description: Bradgate Park was first enclosed as a deer park (for hunting) in the 12th Century. Herds of Red and Fallow Deer still roam freely across the Park's 800 acres today.The Park is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest for its importance as a wildlife habitat and its geological interest - the 600 million year old Precambrian rocks here are some of the oldest in England. Bradgate House, built around the year 1500, was one of the first unfortified, brick-built country houses in the country and was the childhood home of Lady Jane Grey and played an important role in the English Civil War. Abandoned in the 18th Century, the house is now an evocative ruin set in a landscape that has changed little since the house's heyday. Bradgate offers visitors the chance to experience surprisingly wild and unspoilt countryside within a short travelling time of Leicester, Nottingham and Derby and is only 10 minutes from the M1 (J21 or 22). Explore the story of the Park in our Visitor Centre, stop for a cup of tea or lunch in one of our two tearooms or just bring a picnic and sit by the river. Bradgate Park was Runner-Up in the category of Large Visitor Attraction of the Year at the Leicester & Leicestershire Excellence in Tourism Awards 2013 and we are proud to be listed in the Top 10 Parks in the UK in the 2014 TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice Awards. We stage a variety of events throughout the year including guided walks to explore the Park's history and landscape, wildlife events such as stream dipping, moth trapping and fungi forays, seasonal fairs focussing on local produce and traditional crafts and outdeor theatre performances in the ruins of Bradgate House. Keep an eye on our website or pick up a leaflet from the tearooms to keep up to date with what's on.
Loughborough, United Kingdom
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“What a public park should be”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

Bradate park is one of the finest examples of parkland in the UK, it is also quite enormous. The park has a host of interesting features, either side of the park is a car park costing approximately £3 per car, with a public path running from end to end. Alongside the path is a stream flanked by various sized waterfalls, deer and quite ancient trees in all types and sizes. It is not necessary to walk off the path, but should the adventurous decide to do so there are other things to see, such as "Old John", a folly up the hill (which incidentally is an old volcano) over a mile away, I do warn you, the hill is very large and quite steep in places. Alongside old John is a war memorial too. It must be said that the view from this hill is absolutely superb.

Visiting the park during quite times, it is recommended you go in Winter. If you go in summer, it is very very busy and parking is hard to find, but the beauty counteracts this in seconds once you leave the car.

Not forgetting a rare example of a police box at the entrance to the park on the Newtown Linford side, worth a photo. For the uninitiated, this is the same as the "Dr Who" box.

Visited January 2013
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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“County visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

Loved the walks and the deer and other animals. Also liked the fact that you could bring you bike and cycle around the park. There are also a lot of good restaurants and tea rooms around there.

Visited June 2012
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“So much to see”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

Lovely park with fascinating monuments, interesting ruins of Bradgate House, excellent visitor centre in the middle of the park, well maintained and lots of places to get refreshments.

Visited November 2012
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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“Wonderful scenery and wildlife.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

Bradgate Park has a wide even path running through most of it which is ideal for pushchairs, wheelchairs and bikes. For the more adventurous there are numerous trails winding through the bracken up to places such as the Old John Folly and the war memorial which provide excellent views across Leicestershire.
Newtown Linford has Pubs / Coffee Shop etc.
My only gripe is the excessive parking fees. For an area of land that was left "for the enjoyment of the people of Leicestershire" the trustees are extremely greedy

Visited July 2012
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“Beautiful place to walk!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012

Stunning scenery with great history; great place to take the family though can get busy on weekends and bank holidays!

Visited May 2012
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