The Visitor Centre opened Summer 2016, following a redevelopment made possible as part of the Rotary Club of Leicester's centenary and grants from a number of local trusts and foundations. The official opening was performed by Sir David Attenborough, a life-long visitor to Bradgate Park.

Inside the Visitor Centre

Inside the Visitor Centre

There is no entry charge and the family friendly displays and information tell the stories of the Park, its origins, its history, its geology and the wildlife that live in and visit the Park. There are opportunities to have a close-up encounter with wildlife, hear from Lady Jane Grey about her story and learn how a nearby volcano  created the Bradgate Park landscape. The displays include artefacts, as well as plenty of background to the heritage of the Park and the people that have played a part in the history of the Estate. 

It opens daily at 10.30 with seasonal closing times (please visit the opening hours page for details). CLICK HERE TO SEE OUR OPENING TIMES. The Visitor Centre is supported by many knowledgeable Visitor Experience Volunteers who will answer questions, guide you around the Centre and help you get the most out of your visit to the Park.

From the end of October (after clocks change) to April our volunteer guides will be taking free tours around the Park. The starting point for the tour is the Visitor Centre at 11:30am. The tour should last around an hour.

NEW for Winter 2019 "Discover Invisible Bradgate"

This tour will take you on a journey through the park, your guide will point out elements of the Park and historical features that you may not have been aware of. From our experience, many frequent visitors are often surprised what they have been walking past for many years!

These walks are led by volunteers, therefore availability will be determined by their availability. If you wish to join us, it is recommended that you call us on 0116 236 2713 extension 25 to confirm the tour will be available for that day.

Tours depart from the Visitor Centre in the centre of the park. Given the season and the fact that daylight fades quickly, there is one tour per day at 11:30am.

Duration approximately 1 hour

Dogs on leads welcome

The Visitor Centre is also a hub for information about the Park's activities and events. It is also an outlet for car park season tickets, venison sales and Memorial Wood Oak Leaves. 

Located at the centre of the Park at the Deer Barn, the Visitor Centre can can be found by following the carriageway through the Park from either the Newtown Linford or the Cropston car parks. There is a Meeting Room available for hire above the Visitor Centre, please contact us for details.