Visit Bradgate Park

Bradgate Park is Leicestershire's only Medieval Deer Park to the north of Leicester City. Over 830 acres, steeped in history, teeming with wonderful wildlife, the UK's oldest fossils, 550 red and fallow deer and the childhood home of Lady Jane Grey. Rich in heritage, wildlife and amazing landscapes, Bradgate Park is Leicestershire's favourite day out with two tearoom and free-to-visit Visitor Centre.

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Visit Swithland Wood

Swithland Wood is an attractive and atmospheric area of Ancient Woodland, covering 170 acres. Rich in history and wildlife, it is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest. The Wood is an important habitat for a wide range of plant and animal species, with rocky outcrops and old quarries.

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Welcome to the website of The Bradgate Park Trust

The educational and heritage charity that cares for Bradgate Park and Swithland Wood, some of Leicestershire’s best-loved areas of countryside.

Donate

Help support the work of the Bradgate Park Trust to protect and share Bradgate Park and Swithland Wood now and for future generations.

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Volunteer

Volunteering opportunities include conservation projects, helping visitors at the Visitor Centre, guiding walks and tours, assisting with events, school visits and community talks. We have something for everyone!

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Support Our Work

The Bradgate Park Trust is a registered charity, established by Charles Bennion when he purchased the Estate for the enjoyment of visitors in 1928. We appreciate all help people give us and if you would like to support our work, please get in touch.

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Education and Learning Activities For Schools

A summary of our educational activities and modules for school visits and guidance for visiting schools.

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Latest events

  • A State Occasion (Two talks, 11:30am & 1.00pm)

    On this very date in the year, 1547, Elizabeth renowned as Bess of Hardwick married Sir William Cavendish in the Bradgate Chapel. Sir William was the royal treasurer to the King. Myth has it that the Wedding took place at 2am. This may be due to the stars being correctly aligned or alternatively just that the groom was running late! To mark this grand occasion, Bess will be honouring Bradgate Chapel with a visit once more, from her ancestral home at Hardwick Hall. Read more

  • The Life of Bess of Hardwick ***Sold Out***

    This hour-long talk will recount the incredible life of Bess of Hardwick, complete with a PowerPoint presentation of her Hall in pictures. From her modest beginnings to becoming one of the richest women of her time and a close confident of Queen Elizabeth I. Bess’ houses exemplify her magnificent rise to wealth and power. Read more

  • **SOLD OUT** Bradgate After Dark

    Join the ranger team and volunteers to learn about wildlife you won’t see in the daylight! You will meet rescued Hedgehogs and Owls and discover how you can help them. Read more