Welcome to the Bradgate Park & Swithland Wood website

This site contains everything you need to know if you are planning a visit to Leicestershire's most popular countryside destination

Bradgate Park & Swithland Wood

BRADGATE PARK was first enclosed as a deer park around 800 years ago.

Extending to 830 acres of publicly accessible countryside the Park has a wild and rugged aspect that you do not expect to find so close to the city with dramatic rocky outcrops and gnarled old oak trees, many of which are well over 500 years old. If you do not fancy tramping over the hills, the lower part of the Park is easily accessible with a tarmac driveway running through the middle that is mainly traffic-free and suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs. The River Lin 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.Stream Running Through Bradgate PArk

SWITHLAND WOOD is an attractive and atmospheric area of Ancient Woodland, covering 155 acres and rich in history and wildlife. Designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest, Swithland Wood is an important habitat for a wide range of plant and animal species.



The ruins of Bradgate House – one of the earliest brick-built country houses in England and the birthplace and childhood home of Lady Jane Grey, Queen of England for Nine Days in 1553.
Old John Tower – this 18th Century folly sits on the highest point of the Park and is one of Leicestershire’s most famous landmarks.

The Visitor Centre – located in the middle of the Park, the exhibitions here tell the story of Bradgate and its fascinating natural and human history.
The Park’s amazing landscape – in fact you can’t miss it but every time you visit you will find it looks different

Venison and Firewood available FOR SALE to find out more


Bradgate Park Creast

The Bradgate Park & Swithland Wood Country Park is managed by the Bradgate Park Trust (Registered Charity no. 521476).

Peter R. Tyldesley MRICS, Director, Bradgate Park Trust, Estate Office, Bradgate Park, Newtown Linford, Leicester LE6 OHE
Tel: 0116 236 2713.

For visitor information, further details and bookings – telephone the Estate Office – Leicester 0116 236 2713.

To report any incidents on the Estate contact:
the Duty Ranger (7.45am to dusk)
on 07740 406661 or
Out of Hours on
07740 406662 or 07740 406663

Sealed Knot image supplied by Susan Guy

Charity Checkout


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Bradgate Park Trust
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