Explore the outdoors in Leicestershire


There's a huge choice of outdoor spaces in Leicester and Leicestershire for your group to explore.

Start off your tour at the University of Leicester Botanic Gardens just outside Leicester city.  Enjoy 16 acres of lovingly cultivated grounds and greenhouses, including alpine, tropical, temperate and cactus houses. Outdoors there are rock gardens, herb garden, water garden, and arboretum. Included are the national collections of hardy fuchsia, skimmia, Lawson’s Cyprus and Aubrieta. The formal planting centres around a restored Edwardian garden.

At Foxton Locks, you can enjoy watching the colourful boats travel through the famous flight of 10 locks, the largest flight of staircase locks in England.  You could also visit the newly refurbished Boilerhouse where, using the newest technology, you can step back in time and see in breath taking clarity how the boats travelled in the boat lift.

At Long Close Gardens in Woodhouse Eaves you'll find a garden of exotic trees, luxuriant rhododendrons, shining camellias, huge magnolias, terraced lawns, lily ponds and herbaceous borders.

Tour Calke Abbey house and gardens of this outstanding National Trust location and find out how the eccentric Harpur family lived. The building of Calke Abbey has been restored, but the contents of the house have been left as the National Trust found it with centuries worth of collections of Harpur family paraphenalia.

Visit Conkers, an award winning attraction in the heart of The National Forest. Take a ranger tour through 120 acres of Leicestershire’s countryside including woodlands, lakes, sculptures and gardens.


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Last updated January 2018