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Belgrave Hall and Gardens

Belgrave Hall from the gardens

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Belgrave Hall provides an oasis of peace and quiet in a busy city.

It was built in the early 18th century, in what was then a small village three miles from the town of Leicester. Now city traffic passes, almost unnoticed, just beyond the garden walls. It has changed hands many times but the owners have always played a major role in the economic, social and charitable life of the community.

Edmund Cradock, a 'nouveau riche' hosiery merchant, built the Hall between 1709 and 1713 and died soon after its completion. Little is known of the next owners, the Simons. The Vann's who lived there from 1767 to 1844, ran a thriving hosiery business from the Hall, employing the local framework knitters as outworkers. They gave generously to many local charities, including Leicester's first free school.

John Ellis, who purchased Belgrave Hall in 1845 and his family were also noted for their good work in the community. Ellis, a wealthy businessman, was responsible for bringing the railways to Leicester in 1833.

The Hall is in the midst of two acres of serene walled gardens that are open to the public during special events. The gardens were an important aspect of the Hall (a status symbol that showed the family's wealth).

Wedding and venue hire

The intimate setting of Belgrave Hall is available for small weddings and the hall and gardens can be hired for private functions and business meetings.

Opportunities to hold corporate and commercial events are also available.
Special rates are offered for charities and community groups.

To discuss your requirements and book a date, please contact Belgrave Hall on 0116 229 8181 or email  

To discuss corporate and commercial events, please contact the commercial development manager on 0116 454 3523 or email

Belgrave Hall Craft Village

The Gardens
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Belgrave Hall Museum Map

Opening Times:

Open April - September every Wednesday and on the first Saturday and Sunday of each month, 11am - 4.30pm

Also open for special events throughout the year. For a full list of special events visit our events pages...

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Belgrave Hall & Gardens
Church Road

Telephone: +44 (0) 116 229 8181

Plan your journey:
Belgrave Hall is located just off Loughborough Road near to Leicester's famous Golden Mile on Belgrave Road.

Belgrave Hall welcomes local residents and those from further afield. All visitors are encouraged to visit by public transport, walking, cycling and car sharing.

Regular buses run along Loughborough Road (Bath Street stop) and the First bus route 25/26 runs along Thurcaston Road. Belgrave Hall is two minutes walk from these bus stops. For more details on public transport visit the travel webpage.

For larger events a car parking facility may be available, please check the events listing for details.


Belgrave Hall:

For wheel chair users and those with mobility problems the Hall has full access to the ground floor with an accessible toilet available.

On street parking is available, including a few places directly in front of the hall. We recommend contacting the museum in advance to reserve a parking place for Blue Badge holders, in particular on event days where demand for spaces can be high.


The gardens are fully accessible via ramps, though some paths maybe too narrow for larger wheelchairs.

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