Opened in 1882, this 57 acre park still reflects the Victorian era with formal gardens and bandstand. Later additions include the Chinese garden, model railway, pets corner and a large play area for children of all ages. There is also a cafe. There are large grassed areas suitable for ball games.
In addition, the 32 acre Abbey grounds feature the reconstructed site of Leicester Abbey and the memorial to Cardinal Wolsey who was laid to rest in the grounds. Founded in 1143, St Mary de Pratis (St Mary of the Meadows) or the Leicester Abbey was built for regular canons of the Order of St Augustine. The Abbey stood for 395 years and became the 2nd wealthiest Augustinian abbey in the country.
Abbey Park is Leicester’s premier park and lies approximately one mile north of the City centre. The River Soar divides this beautiful park into two distinct areas: to the east of the river lies the highly decorative Victorian part of the park with its evergreen shrubberies, trees, lakes and formally planted flower displays and to the west of the river lies the fascinating Abbey Grounds. Within this area are the remains of the twelfth century Leicester Abbey and the ruins of Cavendish House, a seventeenth century mansion.
Abbey Park is Leicester’s most beautiful park and it lies just north of the city centre. It is divided by the River Soar. To the east of the river lies the wonderfully decorated Victorian part of the park which has evergreen shrubberies, trees, lakes and formally planted flower displays.
To the west of the river lies the fascinating Abbey Grounds. This area contains the remains of the twelfth century Leicester Abbey and the ruins of Cavendish House, a seventeenth century mansion.
The Park has a pets corner where animals are allowed to be free and enjoy the park along with their owners.
The park also has a recently refurbished café which provides visitors with a wide range of refreshments in a welcoming atmosphere.
Abbey Park Road
Tel: 0116 222 1000
Tel: 0116 233 3028 (Sport On Parks)
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