ABBEY PARK IS SO CALLED AS IT STANDS ON THE SITE
OF THE OLD LEICESTER ABBEY.
CARDINAL WOLSEY DIED AND WAS BURIED HERE. A MEMORIAL TO HIM STANDS
ON THE SPOT WHERE HE IS THOUGHT TO HAVE BEEN BURIED.
Above photograph taken by Leicester's Pete Zuke (Soul Reviver)
Abbey Park is Leicesters 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.
THE PAVILION WAS DESTROYED BY FIRE ON 29TH APRIL 1992
The recently refurbished café provides visitors with a wide range of refreshments in a welcoming environment. The café is located close to the river, in the parks pavilion, which was built in 1931.
In front of the café stands the statue of Cardinal Wolsey who took his final refuge here in 1530.
Officially opened in 1989, many of the plants in this area are of Chinese origin and the paintings on the ceiling of the Pagoda were actually painted in Taiwan.
The Abbey and surroundings are of historical interest and a Scheduled Ancient Monument. The park is also officially designated as a park or garden of special historic interest (grade II).
One of the main attractions of this delightful park are the vibrant flower displays and wide variety of trees and shrubs. The lakes are quiet and tranquil and a haven for wildlife.
The Leicester Society of Model Engineers was founded in 1909. In 1949, the Parks Committee gave the Leicester Society of Model Engineers permission to install a miniature railway for model engines on Abbey Park. The railway is open to the public most Sundays throughout the summer.
Parking and Access
There is a large car park with places for blue badge holders. The park has level tarmac pathways throughout. The café has ramped access or eight steps and there are fixed and removable seats.
This unique area of the park provides a variety of animals for visitors to enjoy. You will find everything from familiar family pets such as rabbits to the less familiar. So go along and make some new friends.
There is a large play area suitable for children of all ages and grassed areas for ball games.
of the Senses
This Garden has been specially designed to appeal to all the senses. It features plants chosen for their colour, foliage and scent. There is a sound garden with water feature, wind chimes and plants that pick up the sound of the breeze. There are also sculptures that can be seen and touched. The Garden appeals to all visitors but with its good access and raised planters it is particularly enjoyable for people with a sensory or physical disability.Please contact the park for details of opening hours.
Scale Model Boat Club
The Leicester & District Scale Model Boat Club moved to Abbey Park in June 1977. The Club meets every Sunday afternoon throughout the year and hold various competitions and fundraising activities for the RNLI (Lifeboats) at the park's lake. All visitors welcome.
Link to more information about the Scale Model Boat Club
Boating lake with rowing boats and pedalos available
for hire from March to September
For more details please contact the Sport on Parks office on
Leicester 0116 252 7369.
How to Get There
The Park is easily accessible from the City centre
with access from St Margarets Way and the main car park located on Abbey
Park Road. Buses run regularly from Leicester City centre and the Park also
forms part of the central section of the Riverside Walk and cycle route.
For more information
Please telephone Abbey Park on
Leicester 0116 2221000 Fax: 0116 2221003
Abbey Park Music Festival
This festival is now in its thirteenth year, and is one of the largest, most popular music events in the East Midlands. Showcasing a range of music and arts activities for all ages and cultures, offering a non-stop ten hour celebration of the best groups and performers from all over the country and beyond.
10 August '02
Key Contact Info: Teri Wyncoll 0116 270 4007
Festival Website: www.abbeyparkfestival.co.uk