Wrest Park - English Heritage

Wrest Park - English Heritage
MK45 4HR




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01525 860152

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After decades behind virtually closed doors, its treasures overgrown and largely unknown, English Heritage is reviving one of Britain's largest and most important 'secret gardens' - Wrest Park.

This is a wonderful 90-acre historic landscape and French-style mansion which will take its rightful place among the country's great garden attractions - and give locals and visitors to Bedfordshire a superb new day out.

Stroll in the recently restored Italian and Rose Gardens. Enjoy miles of reinstated historic pathways as you discover the garden buildings, pavilion and statues.

The gardens are a mix of open space and sheltered woodland walks, complimented by expanses of water in which the trees and great buildings are reflected, while Chinese and Roman architecture catch the attention.

Find out more about the garden, and the people that shaped it, in our new exhibitions in the house and garden buildings.

Don't miss:

A range of activities to bring the garden to life for children - including themed play areas and special activity packs for families

A brand new visitor centre with café, exhibition and plant sales area

A peek into the Countess's Sitting Room in the mansion

Venue Type:

Heritage site, Garden, parklands or rural site

Opening hours

1 Oct – 1 Nov, Sat-Sun 10am – 5pm, 1 Nov-12 Feb Sat-Sun 10am-4pm, 13-17 Feb Mon, Thu, Fri 10am - 4pm, 18 Feb-31 Mar Sat-Sun 10am-4pm, Closed 24 - 26 Dec & 1 Jan

Admission charges

From 1 Aug 8.00/7.20/4.80/20.80


  • English Heritage

Collection details

Architecture, Natural Sciences

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Men of the Royal Scots Greys ride their horses on a road at Brimeux. A windmill can be seen across the fields behind them.
The Royal Scots Greys by on the road at Brimeaux, 25 May 1918.

War and the Horse - Wrest Park

  • 27 April 2014 10am-4pm

These events that will commemorate the heroism of both horse and rider, who served in their millions on all fronts of the war, will be the centrepiece of English Heritage’s living history programme. A mixture of dramatic re-enactment, educational talks, period music and children’s activities will tell the story of life in early 1914, drawing on the remarkable bond between the English public and the horse.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Great War Society at Wrest at War

  • 25 — 26 May 2014 10am-5pm

The GWS will provide British infantry displays & demonstrations, plus our 24 General Hospital will demonstrate the early care of wounded troops.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly