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Bradgate Park

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Address: Newtown Linford LE6 OHE, England
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+44 116 234 1850
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Bradgate Park was first enclosed as a deer park (for hunting) in the 12th...

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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Great day out.

This is a lovely day out, tons of walks all over with a lot of wildlife all over including lots of deer. It can get busy in certain areas, but everyone is there to get out in the... read more

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Shepshed, United Kingdom
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Shepshed, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW

This is a lovely day out, tons of walks all over with a lot of wildlife all over including lots of deer. It can get busy in certain areas, but everyone is there to get out in the fresh country air and have a good time. My partner and I come here all the time at the weekends and last... More 

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Loughborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We love walking here and come quite regularly. There are lots of different routes and you are normally guaranteed to see some of the deer.

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Thank Lucy S
Leicester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Lovely place to spend the day. Refreshments available at the Deer Barn and Maid Marion's cottage. Free interactive museum to suit all ages.

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Peter T, General Manager at Bradgate Park, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. To avoid any confusion, "Marion's Cottage" is the name by which many local people know the old cottage that now forms part of our Conservatory Tearoom & Shop. The name commemorates a lady who used to live there and has no connection to a certain outlaw from Nottinghamshire! More 

Leicestershire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I often visit this large, open and spacious beautiful part of Leicestershire. Our two dogs love it, both on and off the lead, there's a great tarmac, flat road which goes from one side to the other, and is suited to those who prefer even surfaces, possibly older generation or those with young families. We use the... More 

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England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The park has various entrances. We decided on Newton Linford car park. £3 all day for the car and access to the park is via a gate directly next to it. There are public toilets next to the car park as well as 4 café / restaurants to choose from for food or drink. Although you can take your own... More 

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Thank Tina K
Peter T, General Manager at Bradgate Park, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. It sounds as though you had a good walk. We should stress that the only catering outlets operated by the Bradgate Park Trust are the Conservatory Tearoom at Newtown Linford and the Deer Barn Tearoom in the middle of the Park. Newtown Linford village offers a good range of other food and drink options. Indeed,... More 

Leicester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

always love his place since a kid, if you have been a few times try different paths, different times of the day it always changes and get better

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Thank Nicholas A
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This has been a favourite place from my childhood for years. There are lots of different places to walk, lovely scenery and a great cafe in the middle. This place is great any time of year but can get busy at the weekend and on bank holidays when the sun is shining! Car parking is a little steep as well... More 

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Leicestershire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We are a small group of ladies who have set up a running club and we go every Sunday for a hike/ run around this beautiful place.. The views are stunning and we always find a new route to take.. Such a great place love it

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed a 2 hour walk around Bradgate Park. The size of the place really surprised us. There's so much lovely scenery and things to see. This is one of our favourite places that we've been walking.

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Thank 1einad
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went for a blowy walk through the park to pay homage to our late mum, got to the shiny bright new visitors centre to be confronted with the sad fact that the lovely memorial book is still stored in a cupboard. In the old visitors centre it was kept in a glass cabinet for all to see and the lovely... More 

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Peter T, General Manager at Bradgate Park, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We plan to replace the memorial book this year with our new Memorial Wood for new memorials, other than those that are connected to an existing entry in the book. However, we obviously need to find an appropriate way of displaying the book. Once we launch the new memorials scheme (later this year) it will... More 

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