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“Really lovely park and gardens for little people :)” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Wrest Park

Wrest Park
Silsoe, Luton MK45 4HR, England
01525 860000
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Ranked #2 of 6 Attractions in Luton
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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Harlington, United Kingdom
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“Really lovely park and gardens for little people :)”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012 via mobile

If you are local it is a great place to take toddlers and children for a play outside and a snack afterwards. Easy to park, great well kept play area and clean child friendly cafe, with children's lunch boxes available. A good fun couple of hours...

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“Amazing place to visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2012

This really is a gem of a place to visit, they are improving the house all the time, but what there is at the mintue is very interesting. You must visit on a non-rainy day as the gardens are really lovely , allow yourselves plenty of time to walk round them and to get the sense of majesty of the place

Visited September 2012
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“Lovely gardens and hidden treasures”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2012

We went to Wrest Park yesterday and it was a lovely sunny day which was great as we were able to walk around the beautifull well kept gardens. There are lots of hidden treasures to find such as the bath house, the chinese bridge, the pet cemetary etc. There is even a man made canal and my favourite building has to be the Archer Pavillion with its secret steps upstairs and down to explore. English Heritage have done a splendid job on trying to bring the estate back to its former glory. The Mansion itself is a great site and inside you can view the history of the house and the estate, although you only have access to the ground floor which was a shame. In all we spent around 3 hours at Wrest Park, if however it was raining we would not have been able to explore the gardens as much which you have to do to appretiate the time spent on the landscape. Well done English Heritage on restoring this property and gardens and thankfully the statues. Note after you have visited this site and learnt about the De Grey family you may wish to visit the De Grey Mausoleum which is some 2 miles away at Flitton.

Visited September 2012
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“Hidden jewel scrubbing-up well.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2012

We found Wrest Park thanks to ‘sat. nav.’ Situated at the picturesque village of Silso where there is a fascinating semi-turreted tower on the church. There was not one signpost guiding would be visitors to Wrest – not one anywhere! Visitors are greeted by cheerful helpful attendants upon arrival and car parking is truly brilliant.
The mansion itself is newly refurbished and is dazzling in its newly renovated gilding; it is at first simply breathtaking. One of the best things about English Heritage sites is lack of the snobbishness that so often mars visits to National Trust properties. This is an E.H. site and the volunteers are simply perfect. There is a brand new and very impressive Visitors’ Centre where there are good refreshment and toilet provisions plus the inevitable ‘shop’. Outside is a well equipped children’s play area with quality equipment.
On stepping from the house into the formal gardens one is quite literally dazzled by the brilliance of the flower beds laid out immaculately in front of one. But Wrest Park is very much a work in progress; the planned programme for the gardens runs to twenty years! It was primarily the fine gardens we went to see. So much work has been done but after nearly a century of neglect prior to English Heritage taking it on, much remains to be done and is clearly underway. The ninety acres of gardens includes parkland and woodland walks with a scattering of buildings and lakes. The only disappointment was the walled garden(s); much of what is there has been destroyed by caterpillars or has yet to be re-created.
The admission prices are about right; adults pay £ 8.50, not a staggering bargain but a fair price. We visited on a hot, sunny day and we had a restful and enjoyable four or five hours.

Visited September 2012
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“Great volunteers and fine for wheelchairs”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

The building and gardens are amazing but special credit really should go to the volunteers who were brilliant. We were welcomed with a smile when we arrived, were given helpful information in the rooms and then given a great tour of the grounds in a buggy (we had a 92-year old with us and my husband and I enjoyed the excuse to have a ride!) The driver was friendly and knowledgeable, and happy to stop so I could take photos.

For people travelling with a wheelchair user: we found the paths easy to negotiate (you sometimes need to take a slightly longer route to avoid stairs) and there is a lift into the house. There are Mobility scooters - there were two available when we arrived but it may be wise to pre-book if this is important to you.

Visited September 2012
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