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“Great gardens”
Review of Wrest Park

Wrest Park
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Ranked #1 of 34 things to do in Luton
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Reviewed 26 August 2014

Chose to visit when the weather was not all that great but still had a really good time. There was also a special themed event on but sadly attendance was not all that good because of the weather. The house is partly open and has a small exhibition providing the history of the house from its aristocratic owners through it time as a military hospital then a company headquarters before being taken over by English Heritage. Some for the rooms can then be visited but are not furnished. The gardens have some formal flower beds but the majority is laid out as wood land and open parkland. Various statues and building are spread out in the grounds and there is also a long lake. As you go on little paths through the woodland there are surprises as you come across hidden areas with different statuary. There are free audio guides which provide a tour to follow and give information on the various stopping points. We spent a very pleasant time slowly walking around the grounds and even the rain did not diminish our enjoyment. It is definitely on the list to return and hope for better weather.

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Reviewed 26 August 2014

Not being a frequent visitor of museums and stately homes, I accompanied an extended-family outing to this park over the bank holiday, and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

This house/gardens/park, has a bit of everything, and above all, seems to nicely maintain a very casual, friendly, and welcoming atmosphere throughout its extensive facilities.

Coincidentally, we were able to enjoy the 'hero's and villains' style period show that they put on, with a lovely 'tongue in cheek' theme. Fortunately the weather on Sunday was superb, but I feel for those who may have planned to visit on the Monday, as the weather changed dramatically.

The grounds are extensive, and it is very relaxing to just 'get lost' wandering around the wooded areas, as opposed to following the herds around the house and gardens (as beautiful as they are).

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Reviewed 23 August 2014

We visited the house and gardens which were beautiful and the lake was very nice the house was very interesting and the staff helpful. Easy access and plenty of picnic areas. Great fun for the children to.

1  Thank Angela W
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Reviewed 21 August 2014

The Gardens at Wrest Park have been restored, and the imaginative planting in the formal gardens make a fantastic display. The grounds and woodland walks are a delight, and the water features, although still to be "improved," add a great deal to scenery.
Some of the rooms in the House are open to the public, and have exhibitions of the history of both the place and the families which lived there in the past.
English Heritage have built excellent amenities into the walled gardens, including adventure play areas and a visitor centre, and during holiday periods especially, activities and events take place in the grounds.
The restaurant and gift shop are excellent, and all staff and volunteers show an enthusiasm which is not always apparent in some other places.
All adding to the fantastic atmosphere.

1  Thank 67DC
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Reviewed 18 August 2014

This can be a most enjoyable visit if the weather is good. The house is impressive but most of its interior is not available for viewing most of the time. What can be seen is interesting and the staff are keen to talk to you about the place.
The chief glory, however, is the estate with the extensive gardens and park perfect for visitors of all ages. English Heritage is gradually restoring the gardens to their former glory and so return visits are recommended to view the progress being made. For older people the amount of walking involved is fairly heavy but there is free shuttle transport, with a commentary from the driver, which enables one to get to outlying areas.
There is a café, which is overpopulated at times, serving lunches and teas.
A visit to Wrest Park is a perfect way of spending a warm sunny day.

1  Thank randn94
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