If you are planning a group visit to Bradgate Park and would like us to provide a guide, please see the Guided Tours section.
For schools or other educational groups, we can work with you to design a package that achieves your learning objectives as well as an enyoyable and safe visit. Please contact the Estate Office with your requirements.
The Bradgate Park Trust is a member of the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom and we are currently working towards achievement of the CLOtC Quality Badge.
Self organised Groups who do not require a guide are welcome to visit Bradgate Park. However, we ask that you advise the Estate Office of your intended visit so that our staff are aware of your group’s presence and can be on hand to provide any advice or assistance you may require.
Guided tours, led by a member of the Bradgate Country Park Staff, are a marvellous way to both enjoy and gain a greater appreciation of Bradgate Country Park and the countryside.
Tours (must be pre-booked) can be arranged for any school, club or group and be tailored for all ages. Maximum of 30 people per Group (no minimum number). For larger parties more than one tour can be provided.
The topics the Guided Tours can cover include:-
Ruins of Bradgate House
A Tour around the Ruins explaining The History of Bradgate House, the Grey family who built it and who owned the Park for many centuries, and the story of Lady Jane Grey (the nine days Queen of England) who was born at Bradgate and spent much of her short life here.
History of Bradgate Park
A Tour through part of the Park explaining many of the interesting aspects of its history and features.
Natural History of Bradgate Park
A Tour through part of the Park looking at its very rich and varied flora and fauna and the natural history of the area. The tour can include the Red and Fallow Deer Herds, the Park’s ancient oaks, the River Lin, the fascinating geology and lots more.
A Walk alongside the River from the Newtown Linford entrance, downstream towards the Ruins. Learn about this varied stretch of water with it’s waterfalls and pools – a habitat which is the home of brown trout and crayfish.
A combined Tour touching on the history and natural history of the Park (including, if desired, a brief look at the Ruins of Bradgate House) – the ideal introduction to Bradgate Park.
A Tour through an area of ancient woodland which is one of the best remaining examples of oak, lime and alder forest in Leicestershire. An area rich in flora and fauna and containing the famous former Swithland Wood Slate Quarries.
Bradgate Park Visitor Centre (in centre of Park)
A Guided Tour around the fascinating displays on Lady Jane Grey, the Grey Family, Bradgate House, Old John Tower, Swithland Wood, the Deer of Bradgate, the geology of the area and much more besides.
Tours usually take about one hour. If a longer Tour is required, this can be provided subject to an additional charge.
Tours are usually available, at any reasonable time, all year round
(excluding Weekends and Bank Holiday periods).
£50.00 (including VAT) per Group of up to 30 Adults
£35.00 (including VAT) per Group of up to 30 Children
To book a Guided Tour telephone the Bradgate Park Estate Office on Leicester (0116) 234 1850 and ask for Lynda Taylor.
These walks give a superb insight into the Country Park, its history and natural history and the running of the Estate. Some Walks include areas of the Park not normally open to visitors.
Places on most walks are not pre-bookable. Just arrive by the designated time at the starting point where you will be met by a Country Park Ranger.
The Young Deer and Old John Tower walks are pre-bookable – telephone the Estate Office to reserve a place.
Children are welcome on all walks (except for young children on the Young Deer walks) and must be accompanied by an adult.
Duration of Walks range from 1½ to 2½ hours.
Certain of the walks may not be suitable for people with disabilities because of the rough terrain and steep/rocky slopes (see Guided Walks leaflet for further details). Dogs on leads are allowed (except for all the Deer and Veteran Tree walks). No dogs allowed in Old John Tower.
History | Swithland Wood | Geology | Woodlands | Deer (October) Walks
£3.00 per adult £1.50 per child (children under 5 yrs free).
Pay Ranger on the day.
Young Deer | Old John Tower Walks
pre-bookable and marked* in the leaflet – £5.00 per person.
A leaflet giving details of the Guided Walks programme can be obtained from the Bradgate Park Estate Office (Telephone – 0116 234 1850).
or take a look at the Events section of the website to find out the dates and times.