‘Secret’ Garden reveals its hidden charms

The Long Water and The Archer Pavilion at Wrest Park

From Thursday 4 August, visitors will see the first fruits of this restoration, when the Italian Garden and Rose Garden as well as miles of historic pathways and vistas will be unveiled, completely conserved and reinstated.

Within the French-inspired mansion, the conservatory and Countess’s Sitting Room will be restored and open to the public while a new exhibition will tell the story of the estate, its evolution and its personalities. New facilities including a visitor centre, café and play area will ensure that visitors can – in between exploring the house and landscape – relax in comfort.

"Wrest Park tells the story of England’s love affair with landscape," says Simon Thurley, chief executive of English Heritage. "It is a unique place capturing three hundred years of gardening history. So now with the successful completion of this first phase of restoration, Wrest Park can rightfully reclaim its place as one of the great gardens of England."

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