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Bradgate House

Bradgate House

1.35km from Old John Tower

Bradgate House is a 16th-century ruin in Bradgate Park, Leicestershire, England. Once a magnificent Tudor mansion and the birthplace of Lady Jane Grey, the tragic 'Nine Days Queen'. The 16th-century ruins are nestled in the heart of Bradgate Park, near the village of Newtown Linford in Leicestershire, central England. The construction work of the large mansion was started by Thomas Grey, 1st marquis of Dorset, in 1499, and it was finally finished by his son in 1520.

Bradgate Park

Bradgate Park

1.62km from Old John Tower

This is the only medieval deer park built around 800 years ago. It provides 830 acres of publicly accessible countryside close to Leicester City Centre. The park's two well-known landmarks, Old John and the war memorial, both lie just above the 210 m (690 ft) contour. Onwe of the iconic location where you can spend some nice time in the middle of nature.

Swithland Wood and The Brand

Swithland Wood and The Brand

1.75km from Old John Tower

Swithland Wood and The Brand is an 87.9 hectares biological Site of Special Scientific Interest south of Woodhouse Eaves in Leicestershire. Swithland Wood is part of the Bradgate Estate and is managed by the Bradgate Park Trust. Swithland Wood is a public woodland in Charnwood Forest, in Leicestershire. Although close to the village of Swithland, it is almost entirely within the parish of Newtown Linford.

National Trust - Stoneywell

National Trust - Stoneywell

2.81km from Old John Tower

Stoneywell is an arts and crafts house set in the beautiful Leicestershire countryside, cared for by the National Trust since 2012. It was built in collaboration with Detmar Blow in 1899 for Ernest's brother Sydney Gimson as a summer residence, and along with much original furniture, it remained in the Gimson family for over a century. As part of a highly influential vernacular movement, it has become well known within Arts and Crafts circles.

Beacon Hill, Leicestershire

Beacon Hill, Leicestershire

3.92km from Old John Tower

Beacon Hill Country Park is located only two miles from the M1 motorway, just south of Loughborough, in Leicestershire. It is one of the highest points in Leicestershire and boasts spectacular views of Charnwood Forest and the Soar Valley. Covering 128ha, the Country Park consists of mixed woodland, grassland, open heathland, wetlands and rocky outcrops.

Swithland Reservoir

Swithland Reservoir

4.41km from Old John Tower

Swithland Reservoir is located just to the south east of Loughborough. The Leicestershire Round long distance trail runs along the north eastern side of the water. It's a very pretty spot with nice views across the water to the surrounding woodland and countryside. Also look out for the steam trains of the Great Central Railway passing over Swithland Viaduct.

Out Woods

Out Woods

5.23km from Old John Tower

The Outwoods is 110 acres of ancient woodland to the south of Loughborough and is one of the oldest surviving woodland sites in Charnwood. The Outwoods supports a rich variety of plants, insects and birds typical of such old woodlands. The Outwoods is open all year round and the car park and toilets are open from approximately 7am until dusk. Adjacent to the Outwoods is the smaller Jubilee Wood and close by is Beacon Hill.

Billa Barra Hill

Billa Barra Hill

5.8km from Old John Tower

This 20 hectare local nature reserve, located in the north of the borough of Hinckley and Bosworth, consists of a variety of habitats including acid grassland, which is ecologically significant at a local level. Additionally, there are a number of rocky outcrops of Markfieldite, making the hill a regionally important geological site.

Mountsorrel Railway

Mountsorrel Railway

5.8km from Old John Tower

The Mountsorrel Railway was a network of industrial railway lines that served the granite quarries which dominate the Leicestershire village of Mountsorrel. After being closed in the 1950s, a section was reopened in 2015 as a heritage line run by Mountsorrel & Rothley Community Heritage Centre.

Thornton Reservoir

Thornton Reservoir

6.4km from Old John Tower

Thornton Reservoir lies in a quiet, picturesque valley and was opened to the public in 1997. A surfaced track allows you to walk all the way around the reservoir and to the woodland on the north shore. The trout fishery is open to the public and the water is home to a variety of wildfowl. The reservoir is fed by two small streams which enter from the north via two weirs. Rothley Brook takes water away from the south.

Stonehurst Family Farm and Motor Museum

Stonehurst Family Farm and Motor Museum

6.55km from Old John Tower

The Stonehurst Family Farm and Motor Museum is a working farm and a motor museum located in the village of Mountsorrel, Leicestershire. It is a real working family farm, come and meet our cows, sheep, and pigs and their farmyard friends. Take home some of Leicestershire’s finest produce, with homegrown potatoes, organic herbs and vegetables, free-range eggs and local cheeses meats, and delicatessen in the Stonehurst Farm Shop and also visit Stonehurst Motor Museum, housing a fascinating collecti

Gorse Hill City Farm

Gorse Hill City Farm

6.59km from Old John Tower

A working farm and community project dedicated to the welfare of animals and to providing a fun and educational experience for all. It was situated on a 20-acre site on the outskirts of Leicester City Centre. With over 100 animals for you to meet we offer the perfect venue for a fun family day out or educational group visit.

Kirby Muxloe Castle

Kirby Muxloe Castle

6.64km from Old John Tower

This beautiful mansion was built for Lord Hastings, who was dramatically seized and executed by Richard III in 1483. Hastings’ descendants still believe they have a direct line to the throne of England. The castle was rectangular in design, 245 by 175 feet across, and would have comprised four corner towers, three side towers and a large gatehouse, all protected by a water-filled moat; the centre of the castle would have formed a courtyard.

Abbey Pumping Station Museum

Abbey Pumping Station Museum

7.78km from Old John Tower

Abbey Pumping Station is Leicester’s Industrial Museum, displaying Leicester’s very varied Industrial, Technological and Scientific heritage. Situated adjacent to the National Space Centre, the two attractions tell the story of over 200 years of science and technology from the early days of steam and industry to the space exploration of today. With four working steam-powered beam engines from its time as a sewage pumping station, it also houses exhibits for transport, public health, light and o

Bardon Hill

Bardon Hill

7.79km from Old John Tower

Bardon Hill is a former volcano. It is the highest point in Leicestershire and the National Forest, 912 feet above sea level. Due to its prominence, it is visible for many kilometres around. It adjoins Bardon Hill Quarry, a geological SSSI. At its summit are a trigonometrical point and a radio mast. The second highest hill in Leicestershire is the nearby Beacon Hill.

Watermead Country Park

Watermead Country Park

7.81km from Old John Tower

Watermead Country Park is a network of lakes woodlands and nature reserves created from 340 acres of gravel workings along the River Soar to the north of the city. The park has fine lake views and woodland walks with good paths and picnic areas. The parks provide bird watching, fishing and watersports facilities and so more.

Belgrave Hall

Belgrave Hall

7.81km from Old John Tower

Belgrave Hall is a lovingly restored 18th-century former family home that has retained much of its traditional architectural character including original period features and detailing. It was commissioned for hosiery merchant Edmund Craddock and his wife Anne. Later it became the home of William Vann, High Sheriff of Leicestershire. Visitors can explore the surrounding gardens on special event days.

National Space Centre

National Space Centre

7.82km from Old John Tower

The National Space Centre is a visitor attraction, education facility, corporate venue, an information hub, and home to NSC Creative and the National Space Academy. Many of the exhibits, including upright rockets, are housed in a tower with minimal steel supports and a semi-transparent cladding of ETFE 'pillows' which has become one of Leicester's most recognizable landmarks.

Leicester Abbey

Leicester Abbey

7.89km from Old John Tower

Leicester Abbey was founded in 1138-9 as an abbey of Augustinian canons by Robert ‘le Bossu’ , the second Earl of Leicester. But it is one of the least known of the Midland monasteries because of the almost total destruction. The Abbey's prosperity was boosted through the passage of special privileges by both the English Kings and the Pope. These included an exemption from sending representatives to parliament and from paying tithe on certain land and livestock.

Abbey Park

Abbey Park

8.13km from Old John Tower

Abbey Park is Leicester’s premier park and lies approximately one mile north of the city centre. The park has a choice of activities to keep the whole family entertained. The boating lake in the centre of the park offers hire of both rowing and pedalo boats – fun for adults and children alike! On a summer’s day, relax and pedal your way around the beautiful lake in the centre of the park, enjoying the sweeping views of serene parkland all around.

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Old John Tower

Old John Tower

Bradgate Park, off Sharply Hill, Leicestershire LE6 0AL, UK

Old John Tower is an iconic folly at the highest point of Bradgate Park, a former medieval deer park north of Leicester. The tower is one of the most famous landmarks in Leicestershire and looks down over the ruins of Bradgate House, a Tudor mansion that was the birthplace of Lady Jane Grey. The tower was adapted in the mid-19th century by the seventh Earl to serve as an observation tower for the practice circuit he laid out for his horses, along with the building of a stable block lower down th