VEHICULAR ACCESS FOR VISITORS WITH DISABILITIES

Vehicles are not normally permitted to drive into Bradgate Park. However, the Bradgate Park Trust operates and concessionary scheme for those people who are Blue Badge holders who are unable to visit Bradgate Park on foot. The Bradgate Park Trust allows Blue Badge holders to drive or be driven along the main carriageway through Bradgate Park, during the main visitor season.

The Drive Through Scheme operates as follows:

Between Thursday 5th April till Saturday 27th October 2018.

Times of access:

  • Saturday 10.00am till 1.00pm
  • Thursday 12.00 noon till 5.00pm   

Seasonal Variations

  • During school holidays (mid July through to the end of August, please check if you are unsure in advance) Saturday only drive through
  • Saturday 18 August – No Drive through due to event. 

Advance Booking Required

  • For Blue Badge Holders only (and the Holder must be in attendance)
  • Visitors  will need to pre-book a time slot in advance (90 minutes time slots)
  • All booking taken by the Visitors Centre 0116 236 2713 extension 25 between 10.30am and 4pm.
  • If you arrive on the day without booking, admisssion will be at the Park Wardens discretion if capacity allows
  • Mini buses must book in advance and will be charged £10 per visit

Only Cars are admitted under this scheme and vehicles must display a valid Blue Badge with the Blue Badge holder present in the vehicle. 

There is no charge for this service, however, the Trust is a Registered Charity and requests all participants to make an annual donation in recognition of the facilities provided and to help cover the costs of running the Scheme and having a dedicated team member on duty at the Newtown Linford entrance.

Minibuses must book in advance. Please contact the Trust. 

Park Wardens will advise you on arrival.

  1. Vehicles must enter and leave the Park by the Newtown Linford entrance.
  2. Parking is available at the Deer Barn Tearoom/Visitor Centre/Toilets in the centre of Park (10 cars).
  3. Parking is not permitted on or alongside the carriageway in the Park, except when visiting Memorial Wood (2 cars).
  4. When driving through groups of pedestrians, cars must be driven at walking pace. When the road is clear an absolute maximum speed limit of 10 m.p.h. must be observed.
  5. Pedestrians must be given precedence at all times.

Telephone Enquiries and Bookings of Access via the Visitor Centre : Leicester (0116) 236 2713 Ext 25 

Coach Parties

Vehicles are not normally permitted to drive into Bradgate Park. A special exception can usually be made available, to enable a coach carrying a group of disabled or elderly people, to drive along the carriageway through the centre of Bradgate Park.

This is only available during April – October (inclusive) on any weekday morning or afternoon (except when the Drive Through Scheme is in operation), subject to making prior written arrangements with the Estate Office. Coach visits within the Park cannot be accommodated at weekends or Bank Holiday periods.

A member of the Trust team meets the party at the main Newtown Linford entrance to the Park and will then accompany the Coach along the Carriageway, past the Ruins of Bradgate House, through to the Deer Barn Buildings (centre of Park).During the journey, the Guide will give a short talk covering aspects of the history, natural history and geology of the Park, the Grey family, and Estate generally.

Occupants are not permitted to alight during the journey through the Park but the coach is allowed to pull up at the various points of interest. The coach must drive slowly, giving way to pedestrians and Estate vehicles as needed.

At the Deer Barn Buildings the coach will stop. Visitors can alight to use the toilets and visit the Deer Barn Tearoom and Visitor Centre. (See separate information for Tea Room and Visitor Centre opening times)

The coach will turn round at the Deer Barn and, when the group is ready to leave the Park, drive back along the same route to exit at Newtown Linford. The member of staff will not accompany the coach on the return journey.

Note:

  1. Only Mini-Coaches, Ambulances for the Disabled or Coaches (up to 52 seater) are permitted.
  2. Continental-type or double-decker Coaches are not permitted, (due to height restrictions under the trees along the carriageway and width of gateways).

Charge:

Mini Coach – £45.00 (inclusive of VAT)  

Coach – £65.00(inclusive of VAT)

Ambulance for the Disabled – £35.00(inclusive of VAT)

To enquire about Booking a Coach Trip, telephone the Bradgate Park Estate Office 0116 2362713 ext 22

Vehicles seen in the Park during other times are normally staff and volunteers attending the Deer Barns (where our Tearoom, Visitor Centre and offices are based); rangers and wardens undertaking daily duties and deliveries across the 1,300 acre Estate; people attending meetings at the Deer Barn (where we have a meeting room for hire) and the two families that live on site. As the facilities are open from 7.45am through to dusk and volunteering opportunities are seven days a week, vehicles can be moving throughout the day.  The Trust do try to limit vehicle movements.