‘A lot of people walking around’: Leicestershire tourist attractions and their worst TripAdvisor reviews


From beauty spots and ruins to museums and art galleries, there is a healthy selection of interesting things to do when visiting Leicestershire.

However, it seems that some people disagree.

Some travelers have left reviews on TripAdvisor which made us wonder if they were paid for by Nottinghamshire.

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Bradgate Park, for example, is one of the most beautiful places in Leicestershire. With 850 acres of land, it is renowned for its herds of deer as well as containing some of the oldest rocks in England.

Visitors can explore the ruins of the home of the 16th century Queen of England, Lady Jane Grey, who reigned for just nine days. It has an overall rating of 4.5 out of 5 on TripAdvisor.

However, a visitor from London did not seem to appreciate the rich history of the park and its stately residents.

Rating it one out of five, he said it should be called “poop park”.

“There’s deer poop everywhere,” the reviewer said. “I can’t find a place to sit where there’s no poo.”

Another reviewer said the park – which is a registered charity – had been blighted by price inflation.

Bradgate Park is renowned for its herds of deer.

Rating it just one out of five, he wrote: “Bradgate Park is one of the finest parks in Leicestershire, very picturesque. Although now it has been blighted by greed and has never been satisfied.

“Hot chocolate prices keep going up, they’ve gone up twice lately, and we bought them today only to find there was a tiny bit of powder, and it was more… water than hot chocolate.

“Also the parking prices keep going up but one of the worst things is they can’t even bother to replace the toilet paper so there’s never a toilet roll there , which is obscene to me with the amount of money they seem to be making.

“It’s a beautiful park that has been completely ruined by meanness and greed.”


The park’s website explains the attraction’s need to raise funds, stating: “The Bradgate Park Trust is a charitable organization, which was founded in 1928 when our benefactor, Charles Bennion, purchased Bradgate Park from the family Gray and gave it in trust for the benefit of local people and visitors.

“It takes a huge amount of work and money to look after these precious historic and ecologically significant open spaces and to ensure that we remain open and free to enter for all. No legacy has been left – so every year, the trust must raise funds to keep running.”

The city’s National Space Center is a jewel in Leicester’s crown, with families and school children visiting to learn about the solar system in the UK’s largest planetarium.

But one person described it as “lots of people walking around”.

“More a space center than a national space center,” they wrote. “I think the website highlights it a bit.

“It’s ok, the planetarium is good, but I would have liked a choice of films. Lots of information panels, some interesting artifacts but not much to do.

The National Space Center
The National Space Center is the largest planetarium in the UK

“A lot of very young children, and think they like it the most – a wet place to go. But it’s not worth the long drive, because it’s disappointing and not even very big.

“Large queue for the ‘simulator’ which wasn’t much and didn’t work well. Lots of people walking around but not really engaging with much.

“Space is exciting, even for a non-scientist like me, but it wasn’t exciting at all. We couldn’t hang around for more than an hour and a half and we went to see Richard III …which was more fun.”

A family called their recent visit to the space center a “waste of time”.

They wrote: “Totally not impressed, extremely boring for a space centre. Was packed, very hot too. Took two 12 year olds who were completely unengaged with it.

“We were all very annoyed and asked to advance the planetarium ticket as we wouldn’t be lasting another hour and were told it was totally full so we left. Would definitely not recommend for kids a bit older, total waste of time and money.”

It has an overall rating on the reviews site of four out of five.

Tropical Birdland has an overall high TripAdvisor rating of 4.5. Located in the countryside of Desford, the attraction is home to over 250 birds with a variety of stunning free-flying parrots from around the world.

But some people weren’t impressed.

A Cockatoo from Tropical Bird Land

One reviewer said the birds seemed “uninterested” but added that the park itself was a “beautiful” experience.

Another person rated their experience two out of five, saying their three-year-old daughter said the toilet smelled funny and was “very unkempt”. But they added that “the atmosphere was amazing” and the “very friendly staff”.

Another said the visit bored their children and that they would “stick to the National Parrot Sanctuary in the future”.


Since the discovery of the remains of King Richard III in Leicester, people have flocked to the city to see the story of the infamous king.

The King’s Visitor Center below the parking lot has an enviable 4.5 rating on TripAdvisor – though not everyone who has been there has spoken highly of it.

A tourist was disappointed not to have seen the bones of the former king well, leading him to describe his visit as “terrible”.

Undated handout photo of the King Richard III Visitor Center of one of the rooms which introduces visitors to key figures from King Richard's early life, through a series of short films, as the center in Leicester has been chosen as one of the world's hottest new attractions for 2015 by travel guide company Lonely Planet.  PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.  Issue date: Thursday January 8, 2015. The £4million center has opened after the remains of Richard, who died at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485, were discovered. The center is in a list of 26 of the
King Richard III Visitor Center

They said: “A glass floor above the dig site with a few volunteers to answer questions. There is a projected light to show the outline of the remains, but that’s it. No display, no information about what we were looking at. Nothing.”

The king’s remains are, of course, interred in Leicester Cathedral.

Another claimed the award-winning center was, in his view, “just a bunch of pictures”.

The reviewer wrote: “We visited as a family with grandchildren. A total disappointment. Hardly anything to interest children or adults, just lots of photos and little information about the find.”

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