East of England - Bedfordshire


Wrest Park, Silsoe, Luton,
MK45 4HR
t: 01525 860000
e: wrest.park@english-heritage.org.uk
w: www.english-heritage.org.uk/wrestpark

Delight your group with a visit to Wrest Park’s magnificent 90-acre gardens. The enormous grounds were developed over more than three centuries by the aristocratic de Grey family and are enhanced with charming architecture, statues, woodland, lakes and unexpected vistas. Wrest Park is a 2016 ‘Capability’ Brown Festival hub site, making it a particularly exciting time to visit and appreciate some of his transformative work. The famous landscape architect, born in 1716, was so valued at Wrest Park; he’s even commemorated with a memorial column.

  • Pre-book a guided tour of the recently opened Archaeological Collections Store: home to treasures from English Heritage sites all over England.
  • Stroll beside the Long Water to the beautiful domed Archer Pavilion. Once the ultimate garden dining room, it still displays its spectacular classical interior decoration.
  • NEW Discover how the house served as the country’s original First World War convalescent home. Draw close to the people who worked and convalesced there through diary entries and photographs.
  • Explore the woodland paths. Delights to discover include over 40 statues, an ornate fountain, the Bath House and a Chinese Temple and bridge.
  • Enjoy the brilliant colours of the restored gardens and see them change through the seasons.
  • Visit the stately Orangery and the colonnaded Bowling Green House and view the garden sculpture gallery in the ornamental Dairy.
  • Visit Countess Henrietta’s Sitting Room, furnished as it was in the 1840s and take in views across the glass-roofed conservatory.
  • NEW Celebrations for the 300th anniversary of ‘Capability’ Brown’s birth will include special interpretation panels, guided tours and demonstrations of his hydrology expertise.

Take in two stately homes in one day. Audley End, with its imposing house and extensive gardens, is just an hour away.