Visiting Wrest Park in Silsoe, Bedfordshire
Being members of the English Heritage we try to visit as many historical attractions as possible and one that we love the most is the beautiful Wrest Park, an elegant mix of English, Italian, French and Dutch design.
We usually parked inside the walled garden. You can also decide to go for a free walk just outside the park, since you will have to pay only for entering to the actual house. In fact a lot of people living nearby usually go there for enjoying a lovely coffee and pastry at the coffee at the entrance and sitting in front of the playground area.
Sophie, my daughter, loves the play area. It had a lot of different wooden climbing and play structures, horses as well as a zip line and swings. As I mention, the play area is just in front of the cafe and you can have also a sit on one of the different benches. The cafe offers a basic selection of hot and cold drinks (don’t expect anything fency) and lovely toddler food goodiebags, which is handy if you forgot to bring something to eat for your little one and you would like to improvise a picnic.
The entrance to the estate is through the cafe. The house and garden are stunning. I am sure you will love as well. You will also notice if you’ll decide to visit this site that the pathways are made from a sandy material, which appears quite orange in colour. I realise it especially after having another look at my photos.
It is such a lovely experience to visit Wrest Park, and I think this is one of our favourite place where our little one can improve her walking skills and experience nature. I am a very apprensive mum and I don’t like to let her walk in town or in overcrowded areas and it is just a relief to let her go free without worring to much. The pathways are so wide and it is just a family friendly environment, as most English Heritage gardens are.
As a mum I think that useful things to know about this place are:
- Address – Silsoe, Bedfordshire, MK45 4HR
- There are only toilets at the entrance (aka if you just arrived and your little one and hubby need a pit stop you will know where to stop)
- There is a Wrest Park guidebook that you can buy at the entrance £5.50
- Free tours: They cover one of a variety of routes which take in the delights of both the Upper and Great Gardens or one of our popular tree tour routes. Start at 1.30pm every Tuesday and Thursday. The tour will last approximately 45 minutes. From 1 June 2019, tours will also run on Saturday and Sunday at 2pm.
- Free entry for up to six children accompanied by an adult member (under 18 years and within the family group).
- Entry costs £12.70 with gift aid for adults, children over the age of 5 are £6.90 with under 5s being free.
- More information including what is on during school holidays can be found on their website
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