Wrest Park - English Heritage

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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 April - 30 September 2014
Monday 10:00 - 18:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 18:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 18:00
Thursday 10:00 - 18:00
Friday 10:00 - 18:00
Saturday 10:00 - 18:00
Sunday 10:00 - 18:00

1 October - 2 November 2014
Monday 10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

3 November 2014 - 15 February 2015
Monday Closed
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday Closed
Thursday Closed
Friday Closed
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00
Sunday 10:00 - 16:00

16 February - 20 February 2015
Monday 10:00 - 16:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00
Thursday 10:00 - 16:00
Friday 10:00 - 16:00
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00
Sunday 10:00 - 16:00

21 February - 29 March 2015
Monday Closed
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday Closed
Thursday Closed
Friday Closed
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00
Sunday 10:00 - 16:00

Admission charges

Adult Gift Aid Price £9.90
(Non-Gift Aid Price £9.00)
Child (5-15 years) Gift Aid Price £6.00
(Non-Gift Aid Price £5.40)
Concession are you eligible? Gift Aid Price £9.00
(Non-Gift Aid Price £8.10)
Family (2 adults, 3 children) Gift Aid Price £25.80
(Non-Gift Aid Price £23.40)


  • English Heritage

Collection details

Architecture, Natural Sciences

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Halloween Woodland Walk

  • 27 October 2017 5-5:45pm, 6-6:45pm, 7-7:45pm
  • 28 October 2017 5-5:45pm, 6-6:45pm, 7-7:45pm

Have you ever wondered what the secret life of the gardens are like after dark? Have you ever wondered what weird and wonderful tales can be told in the Wrest woods on a dark and moonless night? Well now is your chance to find out as Obadiah Squires and Mrs Bottom, ghost hunters and storytellers extraordinaire take you on a trail on the rarely trodden woodland paths at this particularly spooky time of year.

A mixture of spine-tingling and humorous stories to keep everyone, young and old alike, enthralled. Tales that will tease and thrill, startle and shock (just a little) are just a part of this unique event.

Tickets are for the evening event and do not include admission to the site during the day. Please arrive approximately 20 minutes before the start of your tour, and meet at the Visitor’s Centre. This tour takes place outside, both on and off the pathways and with limited lighting. Please dress for the weather and wear comfortable outdoor shoes. Hot and cold drinks, and light refreshments will be available to purchase at this event.

Tour is suitable for 5-12 years and lasts 45mins.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 11-13
  • 7-10


Member (Adult) 6.00
Member (Child) 5.00
Adult 7.00
Child, 5-15 years 6.00

Booking tickets for this event is essential as places are limited. Tickets are available to purchase by calling our dedicated Ticket Sales Team on 0370 333 1181 (Mon – Fri 8.30am – 5.30pm Sat 9am – 5pm). Please note the telephone bookings will close on 20 Oct. Tickets will also be available to purchase at the event site on the week running up to the event.



Wrest Park - English Heritage
MK45 4HR




General Enquiries



01525 860152

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