Bradgate Park

Bradgate Park, Newtown Linford: Address, Phone Number, Bradgate Park Reviews: 4.5/5

Bradgate Park
4.5
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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 new 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 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 as well as outdoor theatre performances and concerts in the ruins of Bradgate House. Keep an eye on our website,follow us on Facebook and Twitter or pick up a leaflet on site to keep up to date with what's on.
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Charles_and_Susan
Nottingham, UK4,502 contributions
Jan 2022
It was a cold and frosty morning when I set out into Bradgate Park. A quick walk along the pathway brings you to the Cafe and a Latte and homemade cake sets you up for a good walk.

I combined the Park with a walk around Swithland Woods (out of the far car park and just up the road a bit to the left). In all 7.5 miles of fresh air walking.

After a lunch stop I ventured up to Old John. Coming down the hill towards the path I realised that it was completely silent. The hill was blocking out the wind and all the background noise. It was quite an amazing experience in our modern busy world.
Written January 21, 2022
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Christine H
Loughborough, UK22 contributions
Dec 2021 • Family
Our guide to the house was excellent. Enthusiastic, funny and could answer all our questions. He gave us a potted history of the Tudor period and really brought alive the Lady Jane Grey story. He was on duty pm 28/12, was about 5 11” and had grey curly hair. Everything an excellent guide should be.
Written December 28, 2021
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JANET B
1 contribution
Oct 2021
Easy access although signage could be clearer. Parking easy to negotiate also. Road gives clean walking, but boots would be an advantage if you want to visit the areas beyond the watercourse. Here, signage is clear, that visitors are not to venture beyond here, to protect the deer.
Visiting in October '21, the males were rutting loudly. Family groups with various dynamics were seen, all good.
A cafe seemed to be open, but we provided our own coffee and picnic. Toilets nearby were adequate, but not luxurious.
Exiting the car park became the game of the day. Having met the intelligent meters before, we were able to use these straight away, and leave via the raised barrier. We did see other visitors unable to steer their way past this meter and met an unyielding barrier. Clearer instructions may be helpful to some. And languages other than English could be offered too?
Great to see this park being used by student groups while on fitness training. Well managed, neatly maintained without being manicured.
Written December 27, 2021
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115 contributions
Nov 2021
Went for a gorgeous autumn walk. Once parked through gates then up a steep grassy hill, with fabulous views across Leicestershire. Saw fallow deer, roe deer and red deer. The trees still had some leaves glistening in the sun. You can walk up to the folly and then across grassy paths down towards the resevoir. There is a small cafe with seating inside and out. Good value soup and sandwiches deal.

Good place to walk your dog and accessible paths as well . Currently visitor centre is closed. But maps near entrance and by cafe help suggest where to go. Once off the main paths it was quiet and not busy.
Written November 25, 2021
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antano2013
Leicester, UK348 contributions
Sep 2021
Although I live locally, for some reason I haven’t eaten at this cafe. We decided to walk to the park and have a snack lunch which was outside due to Covid closing indoors.
I thought that the food was reasonably priced and really enjoyed the coffee. However, none of the staff that served me seemed to enjoy their job. I was not in any hurry but service was incredibly slow and it wasn’t very busy. Once the food arrived at the hatch it was obvious that I wouldn’t be able to carry it all,I had to ask for a tray to put hot drinks in so I didn’t burn my hands and I was very reluctantly given a wooden knife so I could cut the cakes we were sharing.
Maybe they were having a bad day but I certainly didn’t feel very welcome!
Written October 1, 2021
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Chris P
Neath, UK189 contributions
Sep 2021
Wonderful scenery, historic site of the remains of the home of Lady Jane Grey. Very informative staff who can tell you the history of both Bradgate House & the park itself. Great for walkers/joggers/cyclists and just enjoyment. Free entry from a pay car park.
Great for families to visit, especially when it comes to Deer spotting - it's not difficult as there's around 800 of them!
They receive no funding from the National Trust, so please donate/buy tea/coffee/cakes etc
Written September 14, 2021
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Kazi
London, UK3 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
This should be called a poop park
There is deer poop everywhere
Can’t find a place to sit where there is no poop
Written August 28, 2021
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Anonymous
1 contribution
Aug 2021 • Friends
Whilst the park is lovely, I had to pay £4 for a 35 minute visit at the weekend. I don't think this is reasonable for that time period. I'm happy to pay a reasonable price that is proportionate to the time spent there, but this is just ripping people off. If you want to go for the day, it's fine, but for a quick walk, don't bother!
Written August 21, 2021
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Ana Maria
Leicester, UK117 contributions
Jun 2021
Bradgate Park is the only remaining enclosed medieval deer park in the East Midlands and contains the oldest rocks in England. Did you know the park is also the birthplace and childhood home of the nine days 16th century Queen of England, Lady Jane Grey?
I enjoyed to have a picnic here with a good friend and it was fantastic. Lovely place to visit and to be in the middle of the nature seeing so many deer around as well. I highly recommend if you have children too.
Written July 20, 2021
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MIW
Loughborough, UK47 contributions
Aug 2020
What can you say about Bradgate Park other than its a brilliant day out with the family, by yourself or as a couple! Access and parking have definately improved over the years. It doesn't matter how many years or decades you may have been visiting or if it's your first time, Bradgate will keep luring you back time and time again. From Old John, the albino deer or the War Memorial. There is plenty of room to lose yourself from the crowds and the hubbub of life. Kids will love paddling in the water and adults will enjoy the tea and cake in the cafe. Cannot recommend the place highly enough for a great day out!
Written July 13, 2021
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