It is the aim of the Bradgate Park Trust that all members of the community should be able to enjoy Bradgate Park. Whilst recognising that the physical nature of the Park means that not all areas will be accessible to everyone, the Trust aims to extend access so far as is reasonably possible.
We hope that the following information will be of assistance in planning your visit:
There are tarmac car parks at Newtown Linford (LE6 0HE), Hallgates (LE7 7HQ) and Hunts Hill (LE6 0AH). The car park at Newtown Linford has an area reserved for Blue Badge holders and there are designated ‘Disabled’ spaces at Hallgates.
Vehicles are not normally permitted to enter Bradgate Park. However, the Trust operates a concessionary scheme for visitors with disabilities, who may drive through the Park between April – October on Thursday afternoons and Saturday mornings, November – March Saturday mornings only. There is no charge for this facility. Details are on our website or contact the Estate Office.
Access for the less mobile:
There is a level tarmac carriageway that runs between Newtown Linford and Hallgates car parks via the ruins of Bradgate House and the Deer Barn Buildings (tearoom and visitor centre). The carriageway is predominantly traffic-free (apart from Estate vehicles and occasional deliveries) and is very suitable for users of wheelchairs and mobility scooters. There are seats placed at regular intervals along the carriageway as well as at other convenient points within the Park, including at or near to the tops of hills.
Off Road Mobility Scooter:
We have a ‘Tramper’ off-road mobility scooter available to borrow and this can be booked by contacting the Estate Office.
There are tearooms situated in the centre of the Park (Deer Barn) and off the Newtown Linford car park (Conservatory). Both are situated at ground floor level with either level or ramped access. Both tearooms cater for vegetarian and gluten-free diets.
There are public toilets situated at all 3 main car parks and also at the Deer Barn buildings. All have wheelchair-accessible toilet facilities. There is a ‘Changing Places’ facility at Newtown Linford (see website for details) that is accessible with a RADAR key. The toilets at Newtown Linford and the Deer Barn buildings have baby-changing facilities.
The new Visitor Centre exhibition is wholly at ground floor level. A portable induction loop is available at the reception desk. The exhibition has been laid out to allow easy access for wheelchair users and there is an accessible toilet next door.
Portable hearing loops are installed in the Visitor centre, Deer Barn Tea room and Conservatory tearoom.
Toilet facilities in Newtown Linford Car Park include a Changing Places facility