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The ruins of the Abbey are contained within the -better known locally as- Abbey Park. The whole park is a traditional Victorian urban green space, and has a beautiful collection of trees, a boating lake with rowing boats for hire (summer only), and there are occasionally brass bands playing in the bandstand. Don't miss a coffee and lovely home-made cake in the pavilion, near to the ruins of Leicester Abbey themselves where the burial place of Cardinal Wolsey is marked. And behind that, there's often a cricket game in progress on a Sunday afternoon... The other side of that, there's a children's playground with a small petting zoo. Central to the Park is a model railway, run and maintained by the Leicester Society of Model Engineers - with some pedigree - it was established in 1909! The railway is open most Sundays throughout the year - check one of the council websites for more information on the park and its attractions. It's also handy from the Belgrave Road. Just turn left down Abbey Park Road, as you leave the city centre along Belgrave Road. To extend your visit walk over to the canal towpath on the Eastern side of the Park. From here there is a pleasant short walk either North to Abbey Meadows with the Space Centre and Steam Pumping Museum and Railway. Alternatively you can walk Southwards for approx half a mile to the pleasant Castle Park and the remains of castle yard and its surrounding historic churches and cobbled streets.