Parks and Gardens

Friends' Meeting House & Quaker Gardens

Friends' Meeting House & Quaker Gardens

Behind the Friends' Meeting House a quiet and intimate retreat is provided, open at most times during the day.
The house was originally the home of some of the earliest Quakers in the town who buried their departed members in the garden.
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Hill Close Gardens Trust

Hill Close Gardens Trust

Hill Close Gardens are rare survivals of Victorian gardens once used by townsfolk who lived above their business and wanted to escape from the crowded town centre. Owners and tenants came here after work or on Sundays to tend to their flowers, fruit an ...
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Lord Leycester Hospital

Lord Leycester Hospital

In 1571 Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester (Leycester), founded a home for those wounded in the service of the Queen, and her successors, and this use continues to the present day.

The magnificent black & white Elizabethan style timbered ...
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Master's Gardens at the Lord Leycester Hospital

Master's Gardens at the Lord Leycester Hospital

Behind the ancient buildings of the Lord Leycester Hospital lies the tranquil oasis of the Master's Garden.

Bounded by the old town walls, and entered via a knot garden, the planting of this 600 year old garden reflects its past and acknowl ...
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Mill Garden

Mill Garden

At the bottom of Mill Street is Mill Garden, famed for the quality of its planting in an unbelievable setting.
It was created over a period of 60 years by the late Arthur Measures.
On one side are the river and the ruins of the mediaeval brid ...
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National Gardens Scheme

National Gardens Scheme

The National Gardens Scheme has been opening fine gardens to the public to raise money for charity for over 75 years.

Most gardens which open for the Scheme are privately owned and open just a few times each year. Other gardens, which open to ...
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Pageant Garden

Pageant Garden

Close to the town centre, and behind the Tourist Information Centre, is the unexpected haven of the Pageant Garden.
In this public open space are held civic garden parties; it forms the backdrop for wedding photographs and the huge chestnut trees ...
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St Nicholas Park and Leisure Centre

St Nicholas Park and Leisure Centre

Paddling pool – shallow, treated water.

Family occasion – stroll by the river, relax in the gardens, hire a boat.

Rides – roundabouts and a train for young children.

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St. John's House

St. John's House

Work on this fine Jacobean property commenced in 1626.
Built on the site of the 12th century medieval St. John's Hospital, this elegant stone mansion was to be the home of the Stoughton family. In the 1660's the house was extensively altered, and ...
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St. Mary's Church

St. Mary's Church

This great church enshrines much of the history of England and has architectural beauty and significance. In 1123 Robert de Newburgh, Earl of Warwick, founded St. Mary's on it's present site.
Part of the Norman building can be seen from the crypt ...
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