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More Park information

The 168 acre park has a visitor / information centre, a memorial dedicated to the US 82nd Airborne Division, azalea gardens, play areas and two lakes.

It is a mix of established woodland, spinneys and meadows. Two lakes adjacent to the southern boundary attract migrating birds and a myriad of wildlife. 

Braunstone Hall in the centre of the park is a grade II Georgian listed building. Alongside is the stable block refurbished in 1989 in keeping with its original character and retaining part of the old stables.

There are numerous meandering paths enabling the visitor to stroll and enjoy the many aspects of this delightful park. A tree trail has been designed to guide you to the exotic and interesting varieties that grow alongside the more traditional English trees.

With its open expanse of green parkland reminders of Braunstone’s pastoral heritage encompass every corner of this ancient site. The park is easily located and accessible.

The Walled Garden
 
The Walled Garden was formerly the kitchen garden to the Winstanley household. The first reference to it was as early as 1792, when it was described as having “hot houses of considerable magnitude, and the garden planted with choice fruit trees”. The hot houses provided a large and diverse range of fruit and vegetables; nectarines, cherries, apricots and melons. In later years it was used as holding beds for trees and shrubs before they were distributed to the various parks in the city. In the early 1980’s it was re-designed and opened to the public on 22nd May 1983 by Councillor R. A. Flint, J.P. The old walls now provide shelter for a rich variety of herbaceous plants and shrubs, under planted with spring flowering bulbs. The formal beds set into the lawns afford stunning displays that provide a riot of colour throughout the year. Most recently a small plot of herbs has been planted adding another dimension of fragrant and attractive foliage to the already spectacular garden.

Facilities
 
The Visitor / Information Centre is located in the refurbished Stable Block. It is usually open Monday to Friday 10.00am – 1.00pm and Sundays between 10.00am – 4.00pm.

The Memorial Garden by the Gooding Avenue entrance is marked by a large granite stone to commemorate the Park’s use as a military camp during the Second World War. It was used by the Royal Artillery and later by the American 82nd Airborne Division. After the war due to the severe housing shortage, displaced families were allowed to live in the nissen huts until they were re-housed.

The "Tree Trail" a free leaflet is available from the Information Office.

Playgrounds two well equipped children’s playground located on Gooding Avenue and Braunstone Avenue.

Parking and Access Information
 
Blue Badge spaces are available near the visitors centre with tarmac surface.

There are wide gravel / tarmac pathways. Seats are available at intervals and picnic areas have ramped access. The visitors centre and walled garden also have ramped access.
 
More Park Information added by Dave.

 

Braunstone Park Flyers, Dave & Ashley 2006-2007