For those who may have only a short period of time in which to fully appreciate just how extensive Leicester's history is and how it advanced during certain periods, the Abbey Park provides the perfect answer.
The park, located around a mile north of the City Centre, is split into two distinct areas. The River Soar runs between these with the beautiful Victorian park placed to the east and the wonderful Abbey Ground located to the West, which was built in the twelfth century. In this latter area you’ll also be able to explore the ruins of Cavendish house, which was a seventeenth century mansion.
Features of Abbey Park
- Landscape Features
- Friendship Garden
- Redland Garden of the Senses
- Pets Corner
- Miniature Railway
- Scale Model Boat Club
- Parks Sporting Facilities
- Play Area
A brief history of the park
The park initially opened in 1882, spanning over 57 acres. Today it has retained much of its Victorian charm, with many formal gardens and a bandstand to explore. Over the years there have been additions to the area, such as the Chinese Garden, model railway and a play area.
The Abbey Grounds account for 32 acres of the 57 and include a memorial to Cardinal Wolsey who was laid to rest within the Abbey grounds as well as the reconstructed site of Leicester Abbey.
The Abbey itself stood for over 395 years, during which time it became the second wealthiest Abbey throughout the country. If you’d like to learn more about the Abbey and its grounds you can choose to book a guided tour.
Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.