Bouskell Park Ice House

Ice House

Bouskell Park was once the site of a medieval village, the remains of which were cleared to create parkland and gardens for Blaby Hall. Much of the park’s features date back to this period including the Ice House built in 1843 which is now a Grade II Listed Building.

The historic Ice House was a form of early refrigeration and it would have been used by the residents of Blaby Hall to store ice that could be used to preserve food and cool drinks. Domed and circular in shape, the Ice House is covered by an earth mound with a small circular ventilation opening at the top.

In December 2019, £156,000 was awarded to Blaby District Council by The National Lottery Heritage Fund as part of a £173,000 project. This exciting 'Buried Bouskell' project has restored the Ice House to its former glory and will help preserve its structure and heritage for the future.

Book a tour of the Ice House

Tours of the Blaby Ice House have now ended for this season and will recommence in May 2024.

Cost: £5.50 per adult (up to 4 children free per adult)

Location: Bouskell Park, Welford Road, Blaby, LE8 4FT 

The tour includes a guided walk across Bouskell Park with information given about the archaeological features.  You will then have an opportunity to look inside the restored grade II listed Ice House and learn about how and when it was used.

If you are interested in booking onto a future tour, please email 

Discover the history of the area: visit our Bouskell Park archaeology page to read more about the findings of a recent community dig and read more about Blaby Hall on our Blaby Hall page.

Image Credit - Leigh Spencer