Wrest Park

Schools

Wrest Park boasts vast beautiful grounds, formal gardens and rooms within the Georgian mansion to explore, as well as a dedicated education room and outdoor space. Wrest Park's magnificent surrounding and rich history provides a great day out for schools, covering multiple topics and curriculum links.

Information about your visit

A visit to one of our sites will inspire your students and bring your teaching to life. We'd like to reassure you that we're following Government guidance to make your trip as safe and enjoyable as possible. 

Important information to consider before you book:

  • To keep everyone safe we’ve introduced limits on visitor numbers and school groups, so please bear this in mind when booking your trip.
  • Find out more about what to expect on your school visit, which also includes our Covid 19 Risk Assessment.
  • To make the planning process as easy as possible, make sure you check our Plan Your School Trip section at the bottom of this page, for updated information on the facilities at the site as well as our free resources.
  • As usual, you’ll need to book your visit at least 14 days in advance. Please check our Terms and Conditions for full details.

We’re continually updating our education offer in line with government guidance.  At some sites you might not be able to use our handling collections or costumes as part of a free self-led visit, but where we can provide hands-on items in a safe way we will. We’ve adapted our Discovery Visit workshops to follow government guidelines, but for certain sessions this hasn’t been possible – please check our schools webpages for further information.

There may be areas of our sites which are closed, so please check what’s available for your school group on our property webpages and with our booking team.  They can put you in touch with our Education Visits Officers who can offer help and guidance, so you can make the most of your school trip.

Curriculum links

  • KS2: The Roman Empire and its impact on Britain. A study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils' chronological knowledge beyond 1066.
  • KS3: Challenges for Britain, Europe and the wider world 1901 to present. Explore Wrest Park's important role as a wartime hospital.
  • KS1-2 Science: Identify and describe the functions of different parts of flowering plants.
  • KS2 English: Develop positive attitudes towards and stamina for writing.
  • KS3 Geographical Skills and Fieldwork: With vast grounds to explore, students can use compass directions and locational language.
  • KS1-4 Art & Design: Produce creative work, exploring ideas and recording experiences.

Free self-led visits

Wrest Park lends itself to exploration. Your class can explore over 90 acres of landscape design showcasing French, Dutch, Italian and English styles side by side. Find out more about the garden and the people who shaped it, in our exhibition in the house.

Exploring the landscape at Wrest Park is a great way to get outside and support your studies in the fresh air.  Take inspiration for your literacy project, enjoy the woodland and read with your class, discover the ecology of the estate and the varied plants. Make use of our education room to complete work relating to your visit and as a lunch space.

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Expert-Led Discovery Visits

We aren’t running our Discovery Visit at this site at the moment – we’re unable to adapt our session in a way that would still provide a quality, immersive education experience. We can get in touch with you once it’s running again – just sign up below to be notified when bookings are open.

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Plan Your Visit

We have a wide range of materials to support your visit and make school trip planning easy. Download our free resources to help you make the most out of your visit and create unique learning experiences before, during and after your trip.

We also offer free planning visits for group leaders once you have made a booking. Our Education Booking Team is on hand to advise and help you create the best possible school trip to suit your needs and area of study.

  • Facilities
    • GARDENS: The beautiful gardens, woodlands and grounds are open for you to explore while keeping to social distancing. The playground is open. 
    • HOUSE: The house is open from 10am – 4pm with a new one-way system in place. The ante library, library and print room will be open, while other areas including the drawing room, staircase hall and dining room will be open to view only to ensure social distancing.
    • ARCHER PAVILLION AND SCULPTURE GALLERY: The Archer Pavillion and Sculpture Gallery will remain closed.
    • PARKING: Available in the walled garden area. Disabled visitors may park in the disabled parking bays.
    • TOILETS: Toilets are open as usual. Additional hand sanitising stations will be available across the site.
    • EDUCATION ROOM: Available to book with tables and seating plus access to a connected enclosed yard.
    • LUNCH: Outdoor picnic area available for groups to use. The cafe and kiosk will be open for takeaway service of tea, coffee, cakes and ice-creams. The cafe will also be serving lunch options including soup, sausage rolls and sandwiches.
    • SHOP: The shop is open offering a range of gifts and souvenirs. There will be a new one way system in place and we encourage contactless payments. Please bring your students in small groups.
    • FACE MASKS: Face coverings must be worn in Wrest Park's indoor shop, café and all other indoor spaces. We won’t be able to give you a face covering, so please come prepared so you don’t miss out.
  • Other Information

    In association with Girlguiding Bedfordshire, the 'Wrest Park Quest' badge is available for Rainbows, Brownies and Guides to earn upon completion of the associated outdoor quest in the grounds and environmentally friendly pot planting activity. Equipment is provided for self-led activities in our education room.

    Please book your quest as a Free Education Visit by contacting our bookings team on bookeducation@english-heritage.org.uk or call us on 0370 333 0606

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  • School visits academic year 2020-21

    In line with the latest government guidelines for schools, we’re currently unable to accept education visits, and bookings are temporarily closed. If your visit is affected our team will be in touch to help you book another date. We’ll share more details on our opening arrangements soon.

    Due to the current situation we can’t answer calls as quickly as we’d like to. If you’d like more information about a site, email us and we’ll put you in touch with an Education Visits Officer.

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