Surrounded by the River Soar and the Grand Union Canal, Abbey Park is a historic park located in Leicester. It was officially opened in 1882 by the Prince and Princess of Wales, after years of planning and design. The idea for the park came from government efforts to revive areas which had been previously victim to flooding, as according to the flood alleviation scheme. The meadowland was purchased in 1876 from the Earl of Dysart when work started on it.
Today, it is a 98 acre park that is very well kept. In fact, it has been awarded the prestigious national green flag award on several occasions. Other things to see in the park is the infamous Cavendish House, a statue of Cardinal Wolsey, tea rooms, a boating pond, ornamental gardens, play areas, and space for sporting activities and festivals which are held here several times a year.
Getting to Abbey Park is fairly easy by driving or train. Entering Leicester, follow the main roads to the city centre , either the A6, A47 or the A50. Turn onto the B5327 where you will be at the north end of the park. It is conveniently located in Leicester City Centre, which is a 20 minute walk from the train station. Parking is available near the park.
Go dine has made a list of restaurants near Abbey Park for you to choose the best place to dine on your day out. Whether it’s a quick main for lunch, or a three course dinner, you can find everything you’re looking for on this page. All restaurants are within a 15 mile radius, with most being a short walk away from the park.
Did you know the river soar flows through the park, with several bridges to cross it? It is the main river flowing within Leicestershire and was only made navigable in the 18th century.