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.

Gory Georgians

  • 26 — 29 August 2014 *on now

Ghastly gallows, horrific hangmen and terrifying torture – travel back in time and discover the painful punishments your history teacher’s too timid to tell you!

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children



Ghosts, Ghouls and Goings-on

  • 27 — 31 October 2014

Grab your cloaks and steady your nerves as your little horrors scare themselves silly this Halloween. Mysterious goings-on await you at petrifying Wrest Park. Meet our gruesome guides as they take you on a journey into the puzzling past – use all your wits to solve the riddles and claim your terrifying treat.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children