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Western Park, Hinckley Road

The Old Major is reputed to be the oldest tree in Leicester
The Old Major is reputed to be the oldest tree in Leicester

The site was purchased for development as a park in 1897 and to this day is the largest park in Leicester, offering 72 hectares to explore. The main drive features an avenue of trees which were laid out for the inaugural opening in 1899. Within easy reach of the drive are the main built facilities that include play areas, bowls greens, tennis courts and ample parking.

The graceful contours of the park are a mosaic of meadows, woodland plantations and formal areas still retaining the country feel.  This diversity creates an haven for a wide variety of fauna and flora.


  • Recreational Information

  • Parks Sporting Facilities

  • Parks Users

  • How to Get There

  • Parking and Access Information

Recreational Information

The park offers a wide range of activities that include a spacious well equipped play area, a woodland walk and a bandstand where visiting musicians perform during the summer months.  The park also plays host to cycle cross events and an annual family fun-day each year.

The park is included in the Passport to Parks scheme - can you find the plaque?


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Parks Sporting Facilities

Facilities include:

  • 2 Bowling greens
  • 7 Football pitches
  • 5 Cricket wickets
  • 6 Tennis courts
  • 1 Baseball field
  • Changing facilities


Read here for more information about Sport On Parks facilities

For further details please contact Sport On Parks 0116 233 3028



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Parks Users

Western Park User Group meets regularly to discuss issues relating to the park.  Everyone is welcome.  The park also has a 'Friends of Western Park' group. Contact the Park Services for more information. 

How to Get There

The main entrance to Western Park is situated on the A47 Hinckley Road, 3 miles West of Leicester City centre.  Arriva bus No. 158 or First bus No. 18.


Parking and Access Information

Car parking is available. Tarmac access to much of the park.  Toilets.

For more information contact: Parks Services



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Winners of the Green Flag Award 2014
Abbey Park, Aylestone Hall Gardens, Belgrave Cemetery, Castle Gardens,
Castle Hill Country Park, Evington Park, Glen Parva & Glen Hills Nature Reserves,
Humberstone Park, Knighton Park, Spinney Hill Park, The Arboretum,
Watermead Country Park, Welford Road Cemetery and Western Park.