BRADGATE PARK is ideally located on the edge of Charnwood Forest.
It lies some 6 miles north west of Leicester and some 7 miles south of Loughborough.
By Road: The main car park is within a 10 minute drive of Junction 22 of the M1. Follow the A50 (eastwards) to Markfield and turn left to Newtown Linford. Car Park is next to the village church.
From Leicester leave by A50 (westwards) and then head for Anstey (via B5327). From here continue on B5327 to Newtown Linford – or to Cropston (B5328) and then B5330 (if heading for Hallgates or Swithland Wood (South) car parks). Swithland Wood (north) car park is situated south of the village of Woodhouse Eaves.
From locations lying to the west of M1, take A511 (to J22 of M1) and then proceed on A50 to Markfield (see above).
For further details of routes – see Map above
Most routes close to the Park are marked with ‘White on brown’ tourism signs.
For satnav: use the following postcodes:
Newtown Linford car park LE6 0HB – the main car park. Best for the Conservatory Tearoom, the river and the Ruins. Can get very busy at peak times. Toilets and Changing Places facility
Hallgates (Cropston) car park LE7 7HQ – the shortest walk to the Deer Barn Tearoom and Visitor Centre. Short walk across fields to Swithland Wood. Toilets (including wheelchair accessible)
Hunts Hill (Old John) car park LE6 OAH – the closest car park to Old John and the best for exploring the Upper Park and getting some peace and quiet. Toilets a short walk away (not wheelchair accessible)
Swithland Wood South car park LE12 8TN
Swithland Wood North car park LE12 8SS
By Rail: Regular train services to Leicester and Loughborough.
Taxis available at stations.
By Air: East Midlands Airport – 15 miles (via M1 to J22).
By Bus: The Traveline East Midlands website has details of all local bus services. The 120 service from Leicester to Coalville runs 6 times a day during the week (5 on Saturdays, no Sunday service) and stops in Newtown Linford close to the Park entrance.
Map of Bradgate Park showing car parks, visitor information and access areas.
Copies of this map, in an attractive booklet format, can be purchased from the Country Park Shop, the Visitor Centre, The Deer Barn Tea Room and the Estate Office. A copy of this map can be downloaded from the Map of Bradgate Page