Abbey Park

Abbey Park ruins

Abbey Park is Leicester’s premier park and lies approximately one mile north of the city centre.

Further information

The River Soar divides this beautiful park into two distinct areas:

On the western side of the river are the fascinating Abbey Grounds with the remains of the twelfth century Leicester Abbey, and the ruins of Cavendish House, a seventeenth century mansion.

To the east of the river lies the highly decorative Victorian part of the park with its evergreen shrubberies, trees, boating lake, miniature railway, and formally planted flower displays.

The popular and well established pets corner on the western side of the park is free to enter and has a selection of birds and animals.

Abbey Park Café faces the bridge at the centre of the park.


  • Bowling green
  • Five hard surface tennis courts
  • Changing facilities
  • Boating lake
    • open from 11am - 5pm on weekends and school holidays from the Easter school holidays to the end of September (subject to weather conditions)
    • minimum 2 people allowed on boats
    • adults £3
    • concession/junior (12+ and over unless accompanied by an adult): £2.50
    • family ticket: (2 adults + 2 juniors) £6
  • Orienteering courses
  • Lavender maze
  • Ping! tables

Tree management works from November 2017

Works to trees will be carried out at the park to minimise the damage to the Grade I listed Abbey Precinct Wall along the edge of the River Soar. The trees along the top of the parapet wall are being removed as they are causing major subsidence to this historic structure.

What happens next?

New trees will be replanted as part of the works both on the Abbey ground and Abbey Park side. This will take place during winter of 2017/2018. Once settlement of the ground takes place, the earth will be moved away and the wall assessed. Repair works will then be commissioned as required.

Part of the Precinct wall has already been braced and there will be further scaffolding along part of the wall until it can be repaired - this will take place in 2018/2019.

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