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

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.

Wrest at War

  • 24 — 25 May 2015 10am-6pm

Take cover as this explosive action packed weekend propels you into wartime Britain. From the Tommy in the trenches of WWI to the Trooper of the WWII D-Day landings, prepare yourself as you’re drawn into the theatre of war from all quarters at Wrest Park. Fall into step as we train budding troops, experience the life of the brave nurses and doctors patching up the soldiers in the hospital, and be blown away at the spectacle of the explosive arena show. From the sadness and injury of the battlefield to the make-do-and-mend lifestyle of the homefront, we’ll tell the stories behind the battles that shaped the world as we know it.


Adult £10.50 Child £6.40 Concession £9.20 Family £26.70. Corporate or Art Fund members are not entitled to free or reduced price entry during this event. Purchase your tickets today using our online system below or by calling our dedicated Ticket Sales Team on 0370 333 1183 (Mon – Fri 8.30am – 5.30 Sat 9am – 5pm).

Train the Troops

  • 26 — 29 May 2015

Attention! Right you ‘orrible lot, it’s training time. Become a Home Front hero and be put through your paces at Wrest Park. Fall into step and polish your shoes or it’ll be basic rations for you. Discover Wrest Park’s secret wartime past with this hands on experience of soldiers on the front line.


Adult £9.30 Child £5.60 Concession £8.40 Family £24.20. All children are welcome to join in the Just For Kids events. An additional £1 will be charged on standard admission for every child, member and non member, to help us fund this entertainment activity

Wrest Park - English Heritage
MK45 4HR




General Enquiries



01525 860152

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.