Castle Gardens

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A map of Castle Gardens and the surrounding area.

Castle Gardens is a formal garden, situated alongside St Nicholas Circle, Leicester’s Castle and the DMU campus. The whole area, including most of Castle Gardens Park, is a scheduled monument. You can read more about the Leicester Castle Monument here. The park is also part of the Passport to Parks scheme.

During the day, the Gardens are a great shortcut to places around the DMU campus such as Victoria Hall Student Accomodation, The Soar Point pub and the Tesco superstore situated on Bede Island.


Castle Gardens are at the centre of ancient Leicester, with a history predating the Roman conquest. The Castle Gateway and Great Hall, Newarke House Museum, Trinity Hospital and the 12th century Church of Saint Mary de Castro and the Saxon Saint Nicholas Church are all also situated nearby.

Features & Events

Features of the Gardens include; a rock garden, mixed borders, a small pond with waterfall, a section of specimen trees and 'formal grass areas' to picnic and relax in. The River Soar and Grand Union Canal with a river boat landing stage are situated to the west of the gardens.

During May, the site hosts may-pole dancing around it's iconic may pole.



Castle View,


Park Services: 0116 454 1003

Parking and Access Information

No parking is available, with limited street parking, there is a pay and display car park at the Holiday Inn Hotel. Tarmac pathways throughout the park offer level access.

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