Colin Crosby Heritage Tours

Waterside Abbey Park (A Guided Walk in Leicester)

“Waterside Abbey Park” is one of the very popular Waterside Walks devised and led by Blue Badge Guide Colin Crosby, of Colin Crosby Heritage Tours.

These strolls are an enjoyable way of soaking up some Local History.

The walk starts at the Cardinal Wolsey Statue, by the café in Abbey Park in Leicester. This is situated beside the beautiful bridge over the River Soar.

Part of the walk is in the park itself. Colin, who has lived and worked in a great many towns, believes that this is one of the two nicest parks he has ever come across. The other is Priory Park, in Prittlewell, an ancient village which is now part of Southend.

Along the way, the ruined walls of Leicester Abbey can be seen. This was a very rich religious foundation, and is where Cardinal Wolsey died and was buried in 1530.

“Waterside Abbey Park” follows an interesting route beside the river and canal, and includes part of the Rally Park, with a footpath on the line of the Leicester to Swannington, one of the world’s earliest Railways.

Other Waterside Walks devised and led by Colin are “Error with link”, “Waterside Belgrave”, “Waterside Birstall”, “Waterside Charnwood”, “Waterside Glenhills”, “Waterside Glen Parva”, “Waterside Hinckley”, “Waterside Leicester”, “Waterside London”, “Waterside Loughborough”, “Waterside Loughborough and Barrow-upon-Soar”, “Waterside Market Harborough”, “Waterside Mountsorrel”, “Waterside Quorn and Barrow-upon-Soar”, “Waterside Thurmaston” and “Waterside West End”.

Dates, costs and where to meet

A place on 'Waterside Abbey Park' costs £5.00 per person, or £4.00 if paying in advance. The guided walk begins at Cardinal Wolsey Statue, and is running on:

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If you would like to book a place on one of these dates, please telephone Colin on (0116) 2611576 or email him at

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