The Garden Landscape Guide

Wrest Park Gardens

The centre of the park survives as an example of the French Style in England. It has a canal, avenues and a very fine pavilion designed by Thomas Archer in 1710. This area is ringed by a canal and woodland planned by Lancelot Brown c1758. The present house was designed in the 1830s. In September 2008, English Heritage announced extensive restoration plans to be carried out over the next 20 years - including restoring the fountains, replanting the Italian Garden and reinstating important monuments.

Silsoe, Bedfordshire, England, MK45 4HR

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  • almost 5 years by Stephen Harmer 5 / 5

    The renovation being undertaken by English Heritage is excellent and the garden is really worth a visit, in fact I intend to visit often, to watch the reconstruction of this garden as it unfolds.
    Wrest Park has undergone many changes over hundreds of years and what you see now is an eclectic mix of French/Italian and English garden design. What you will find at Wrest Park is the formality of French Baroque with a formal terrace around the house and out in the park the Augstan and Serpentine elements of the English landscape movement. This is classic Victorian design at its best, nothing really new but a mix of styles, inspiration taken from many sources. The full restoration will take decades and I will watch it with much interest.
    I recommend a visit and feel this type of restoration is vital for our heritage, support it please.
  • almost 7 years by pete 3 / 5

    I rather like Wrest, the house is a magnificent centre point. The planting is not over blown and fussy. Unlike the National Trust you can take your picnic into the gardens. You walk away from the more formal gardens and the garden "architecture" to the canal and its like a walk along a country river.
  • about 8 years by Veterisflamme 4 / 5

    Fantastic place to take kids and a picnic as it is very relaxed and informal and you can let the children tire themselves out it hide and seek all day without worrying about them trampling on the flowerbeds in the main garden.Apart from special events it is never over full of other people, so you can wander about pretending it is all yours. If you prefer trees and sweeping grass rather than flowers, it is a fantastic place to visit.
  • over 8 years by Midlander 3 / 5

    I've been to Wrest Park lots of times. When you first get a glimpse down the vista it looks terrific, but as you walk around the park it feels a little dull and monotonous.

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Wrest Park, Bedfordshire Photograph © Stephen Harmer
Bridge, Wrest Park Photograph © Stephen Harmer
Wrest Park Photograph © Stephen Harmer Wrest Park
Wrest Park, Silsoe Photograph © Stephen Harmer
Wrest Park, 2012 Photograph © Anthurium/Katrina Underwood
Statue, Wrest Park Photograph © Anthurium/Katrina Underwood
Wrest Park, Bedfordshire Photograph © Anthurium/Katrina Underwood