The present day registered park and garden has its roots in the 12th century, when a Cistercian monastery developed the land and prospered over the following centuries. Following the dissolution of the monasteries in 1536 the ruined abbey was developed as a residence and has been owned by the (Phillips) de Lisle family since 1684. Many documented changes to the buildings and landscapes have occurred since the 16th century. Most notably during the 18th when Ambrose Phillips landscaped the parkland, introducing the Temple of Venus & Triumphal Arch.

During the first half of the 18th century the existing manor house was replaced by Garendon Hall, a country house demolished 1964. To the present day the primary use of the park has been farming.

As well as the grade II registered park and garden, there are fourteen designated heritage assets on the site, including:
>A scheduled ancient monument, comprising the remains of the Cistercian abbey and Garendon Hall and various 17th century garden features.
>Thirteen listed buildings encompassing mainly lodges, structures associated with the now demolished Garendon Hall
>The Triumphal Arch, grade I
>Temple of Venus, grade II*
>The Obelisk, grade II

Garendon Park is of acknowledged heritage significance. In particular, the 18th century Triumphal Arch, the Temple of Venus, and the scheduled monument containing the medieval remains of the monastery. Understanding the heritage significance of the park will be an important consideration for the local community.

The Triumphal Arch and Temple of Venus appear on English Heritages ‘Heritage at Risk Register’ due to their declining condition.

>In consultation with English Heritage and Charnwood Borough Council restoration of the Registered Park and the creation of public access will be provided.
>The long and short term management, conservation and sensitive repair to at risk monuments would be secured.
>No new housing development will take place in the registered park.