Bradgate Park was first enclosed as a deer park around 800 years ago. It provides 830 acres of publicly accessible countryside close to Leicester City Centre. The Park offers a wild and rugged landscape with dramatic rocky outcrops and gnarled old oak trees, many of which are well over 500 years old. The landscape offers some of the finest views, and is rich in change throughout the seasons.
If you do not fancy exploring the hills, the lower part of the Park is easily accessible, with a tarmac carriage-way running through this area, that is suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs. Our Visitor Centre is in the heart of the Park, alongside the carriage-way at the Deer Barns, where you will also find one of our two Tearooms. The Centre is free and open every day, thanks to support by our Visitor Experience Volunteer Guides. The exhibitions tell the story of the Bradgate Estate and its fascinating natural and human history.
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The River Lin and Little Matlock.
The River Lin, Leicestershire’s shortest river, runs through the Lower Park and is a popular spot to sit and picnic ,or just sit and watch the deer while children paddle in the shallows. The River, which is protected as a Site of Special Scientific Interest, is rich in wildlife. The Victorians created the shallow waterfalls to clear the silt from the water, as the river feeds Cropston Reservoir. Little Matlock provides an attractive walk to the heart of the Park through the ‘Victorian designed landscape’, with exotic plantings such as Monkey Puzzle trees. It was named ‘Little Matlock’ since it reflects the landscape of the Peak District.
Old John Tower and the Yeomanry War Memorial.
Old John, the 18th Century folly sits on the highest point of the Park and is one of Leicestershire’s most famous landmarks. It is often referred to as the ‘Icon of Leicestershire’. Our Visitor Experience Guides open the Tower for viewings in the summer months. These dates are advertised in the Visitor Centre and through our social media channels. The Leicestershire Yeomanry War Memorial, which stands on the hill next to Old John, commemorates the men of the Leicestershire Yeomanry who died in the Boer War and the two World Wars. The Memorial, erected 1924, is an obelisk containing two bronze tablets.
The Ruins of Bradgate House.
Bradgate House was one of the earliest brick-built country houses in England, and childhood home of Lady Jane Grey, Queen of England for Nine Days in 1553. The Ruins are protected as a Scheduled Ancient Monument by Historic England. The Charity is working with local archaeologists and universities to discover more about the rich stories and heritage they tell us. Our Visitor Experience Guides offer tours of the Ruins throughout the summer starting from the Visitor Centre.
The Deer Herd.
The first written reference to a deer park at Bradgate is from 1241. The Park supports, Red and Fallow deer, with a herd size of around 550 animals, of which three quarters are Fallow deer. Throughout the year our team lead guided walks, that help people understand more these wild animals. This includes summer ‘Young Deer’ walks and also some in the rutting season in October.
The Bradgate Park herds are wild deer and a large area of the Park is kept as a sanctuary for them, with no public access. As the deer roam free and mix with visitors, we remind everyone to keep their distance from these wild animals and take extra care when visiting with dogs and young children.
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