Bradgate Park & Swithland Wood

Type:Municipal / Country Park

Bradgate Park, Newtown Linford, Leicestershire, LE6 0HE
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The ruins of Bradgate House

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Bradgate Park is Leicestershire's largest and most popular country park. It comprises of 840 acres of land with grass, heath, bracken, rocky outcrops, small woods, herds of deer and the River Lin. The Park also includes the ruins of Bradgate House, the birthplace and early home of Lady Jane Grey 1537 - 1554 (Nine Days Queen of England.) Old John Tower folly, a well known Leicestershire landmark, stands on the ridge of high land.

Old John Tower

Old John is the distinctive tower and arch overlooking Bradgate Park and is Leicestershire's most familiar landmark. The Folly stands some 690 feet above sea level and was built in 1784.

Deer Barn Tea Room

Offering tea, coffee, cold drinks, ice cream, confectionary, crisps and a wide range of light refreshments, home-made cakes, cream teas and hot & cold snacks.

Country Park Shop

Situated off Bradgate Country Park car park at Newtown Linford - park in the car park and just follow sighns over the wooden bridge, the river, and up through the cottage garden.

Disabled access along tarmac path through centre of park. All-terrain mobility scooter available for hire. Drive-through scheme for Blue Badge holders - contact us for details or visit our website. Check our website or pick up a leaflet for details of our guided walks and events programme.

Guide Prices

All prices are for an ‘All Day’ ticket

Car/Small Van/Motorcycle
Monday – Friday £3
Sat/Sun/Bank Holidays £4

Mini-Coach/Large Van/Motorhome
7 Days/week incl Bank Holidays £6

7 Days/week incl Bank Holidays £12

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



  • Disabled Accessibility
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors


  • On-Site cafe/restaurant/catering
  • Picnic area
  • Refreshments Available

Children & Infants

  • Accept children all ages
  • Baby changing facilities

Establishment Features

  • Accept coach parties
  • Cater for groups
  • Dogs Accepted
  • Education/study area
  • Gift shop
  • Public toilets

Parking & Transport

  • Parking (charge)

Payment Methods

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted

Map & Directions

Road Directions

Bradgate Park has three entrances: the main entrance in Newtown Linford. Also Cropston (Hallgates) and Old John (Hunts Hill). Swithland wood has two entrances, north and south. Accessible by Public Transport: Leicester station is 5 miles away.


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Opening Times

* Bradgate Park is open to visitors from 7.45am until dusk on every day of the year. The car parks are closed at dusk and all vehicles must be removed by then.

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

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 & 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)