Wrest Park near Silsoe, is an English Heritage site about 10 miles north of Hitchin, just off the A6.
Within the site you’ll find the main house with an exhibition spanning several rooms, the main hall way, library and ground floor reception room open to the public. From the house you spill out onto a wide terrace with views down the formal garden to a folly and reflecting pool. Spread out into the surrounding wooded gardens are many sculptures, a Chinese pagoda, a scenic bridge, the orangery and lots of other secrets to discover.
As a member of English Heritage you and number of children can get in for free. As a paying guest it’s about £8.50 for an adult. There’s a nice cafe, children’s play area, picnic areas and it’s dog/wheel chair friendly.
The house and gardens are open through-out the year, but check the English Heritage website www.english-heritage.org.uk
As a member of English Heritage Wrest Park is (effectively) free to visit and being just up the road it’s somewhere I go probably 7 or 8 times a year. On the weekends there are different events and occasionally weddings in the house. It’s well worth a walk around and there are always new things to photograph, especially if you go there at different times of the year.