The Park has a fascinating history, this is covered in more depth at our Visitor Centre in the heart of the Park.

The story starts around 560 million years ago when we would have been in a very volcanic environment. This is how the landscape we know now started to be formed. Our resident geologist volunteer offers a range of walks through the year to explain our understanding of this evolution.

Much of the Park history is based upon this landscape, because of its natural beauty the original Bradgate House was built here. The Park also provides a home to a very broad and diverse wildlife population. To help people appreciate these significant aspects of Park life, we offer ranges of both historical and wildlife orientated walks throughout the year led by Rangers and knowledgeable volunteers. These experiences also provide the opportunity for you to see seasonal changes in the flora and fauna of the Park.

You may be aware; the current Park was gifted as a Private Charitable Trust in 1928 for the ‘benefit’ of the people of Leicester and Leicestershire and visitors to the County. An incredible donation made by Charles Bennion a local industrialist and philanthropist at the turn of the 20th Century.

The trust was created to protect this unique space that offers one of the most natural landscapes in Britain. The Park has SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) status and the Ruins are classified as a Scheduled Monument. The cost of maintaining the Park is in the region of £1.3 million per annum. As a charity we must raise the bulk of these funds ourselves.

By purchasing an event ticket and your subsequent visit to the Park, you are helping maintain this fantastic place and preserving it for future generations.

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