School Visits

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.

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. Make use of our education room to complete work relating to your visit and use as a lunch space.

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Expert-Led Discovery Visits

Discover Roman life, culture and its impact on Britain on a hands-on Discovery Visit at Wrest Park. Students will become history hunters exploring the Archaeological Collections store to find and examine Roman objects, from huge Roman columns to ceramics, so they can understand more about who the Romans were and how they lived. Just £100 per session per class.  

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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
    • PARKING: Available in the walled garden area. Disabled visitors may park in the disabled parking bays.
    • TOILETS: Male and female toilets are located at the visitor centre.
    • EDUCATION ROOM: Available to book with tables and seating plus access to a connected enclosed yard.
    • LUNCH: Picnic area available for groups to use.
    • SHOP: Gift Shop on site selling a range of books and gifts. Goody bags available upon request.
  • 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 email to lucie.tuck-brown@english-heritage.org.uk

  • How to book

    0370 333 0606

  • Education Opening Times

    • During February half term: Monday to Sunday 10.00 – 16.00
    • After February half term to March: Wednesday to Sunday 10.00 – 16.00
    • April to September: Monday to Sunday 10.00 – 18.00
    • October: Monday to Sunday 10.00 – 17.00
    • November to February half term: Saturday and Sunday 10.00 – 16.00

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