Bradgate Park

Bradgate Park is open to visitors from 8am until dusk on every day of the year.  Lawful use of the public footpath that cross the site are unaffected when the Park is closed. 

Dusk varies so please check online before you visit (external website).  

The Car Parks are closed at dusk and all vehicles must be removed by then. Gates are added at most car parks, with safe egress routes identified. Please note toilets close earlier than car parks. Please note the last car park and toilets to be locked is Newtown Linford.

Three car parks are available for use by visitors.  They are located at the main entrance points to Bradgate Park

Parking at Newtown Linford

Newtown Linford (entrance within the village, off Bradgate Road – alongside the Church). This is the  Main entrance and leads to most picturesque areas of Park. Newtown Linford is our busiest car park and, if you are looking for peace and quiet on a busy day or just a different walk, you may like to try one of our other car parks. (Use Post Code LE6 OHB for SatNav)

Hallgates (Cropston) (off Roecliffe Road). Nearest car park to Deer Barn Tea Room and Visitor Centre. (Use Post Code LE7 7HQ for SatNav)

Hunts Hill (Old John) (off Sharpley Hill/Warren Hill) and opposite turn into Benscliffe Road.  Most convenient for the higher parts of the Park and for Old John Tower and the War Memorial. (Use Post Code LE6 OAH for SatNav)

There are toilet facilities for visitors at the Newtown Linford, Hallgates and Hunts Hill car parks and also in the centre of the Park (at the Deer Barn Buildings). There are wheelchair-accessible toilets at Hallgates and the Deer Barn Buildings and a Changing Places facility at Newtown Linford.

Parking Charges: Parking charges apply at all car parks and are for an all day ticket. Pay and Display parking tickets are valid at all our car parks on the day of issue – if you want to move the car to explore a different part of the Park,  you do not need to pay again!

Parking for Coaches (large) available at Newtown Linford and Hunts Hill car parks.

Car/Small Van/Motorcycle  Monday – Friday £3; Weekends/Bank Holidays £4

Mini-Coach/Large Van/Motor-home: 7 Days/week incl Bank Holidays   £6

Coach: 7 Days/week incl Bank Holidays £12

Horse Box/Trailer: 7 Days/week incl Bank Holidays   £6

 A fixed penalty ticket policy is in force to ensure effective enforcement of parking charges.

Regular visitors may wish to consider purchasing a season ticket (details here)

Swithland Wood

Swithland Wood is open to visitors throughout the year during daylight hours, with car parks accessible from 7am. 

Lawful use of the public footpath that cross the site are unaffected when closed. 

The Car Parks are closed at dusk and all vehicles must be removed by then. Car Parking is Pay and Display (cash only)

The car parking charge is £1 for up to 3 hours and £2 for a full day.  These tickets are NOT valid for use in the three Bradgate Park car parks (as they are a lower parking  charge rate.)

Two car parks are situated at the north and south entrances to the Wood:-

Swithland Wood (south) – (off Roecliffe Road). Wood lies to north of Bradgate Park. (Use Post Code LE12 8TN for SatNav)

Swithland Wood (north) – (off Swithland Lane). Nearest car park to village of Woodhouse Eaves (Use Post Code LE12 8SS for SatNav).

Deer Barn Tearoom

Tearooms, Shop and Visitor Centre at Bradgate Park

The Bradgate Park Trust has two Tearooms open seven days a week offering a range of warm and cold drinks, cakes, snacks and ice creams. There is also the Deer Hut Kiosk at the Deer Barns, adjacent to the Visitor Centre in the heart of the Park, open at weekends for take-away warm drinks and snacks. (See our Eat, Drink, Shop page for further details).

Our Shop adjacent to the Conservatory Tearoom at Newtown Linford and free to visit Visitor Centre at the Deer Barns in the heart of the Park are open the same times as the Tearooms.


Opening times:

April – October (inclusive): Daily – 10.00am – 5.00pm (Please note the Monday after clocks go back we close 4pm )

November – March (inclusive): Daily – 10.00am – 4.00pm


Tearoom opening hours are:

April - October (inclusive): Daily 10.00am - 5.00pm (Please note the Monday after clocks go back we close 4pm )

November – March (inclusive):  Daily -10.00am – 4.00pm

Festive Season Opening Hours 2019 

The Visitor Centre and Tearooms will be closed

  • Monday 23 December
  • Tuesday 24 December
  • Wednesday 25 December
  • Thursday 26 December.

Re opening Friday 27 December and will remain open over the New Year.

Alonzi's Ice Cream and The Deer Hut will be open 11:00 - 15:00 and closed on Christmas day.

The Park is fully open on New Year's Day.

Please note car parking charges are pay and display on site each day. If Newtown Linford car park is full, the gate will be closed.  (The overflow car parks are not always usable due to weather conditions.) Please follow brown signs to Hunts Hill (Old John) car park, which is usually less busy. 

Park Rangers and Wardens are on-site throughout the Festive Period and welfare facilities will be open. Contact numbers for an emergency are within the footer of this web page. 

Leicester as seen from Old John Tower at dusk