More opportunity to visit English Heritage properties

Date Posted: 08/01/2013

School travel organisers will now have more opportunity to visit English Heritage properties, Wrest Park in Bedfordshire and Audley End House and Gardens in Essex, with a school group, as they both extend their opening hours from 29th March to 3rd November.

The extra days should allow more flexibility when planning a school trip to either attraction. Until now, both sites have previously only opened on a daily basis during the holidays.

Audley End House and Gardens recently opened its Victorian Service Wing experience alongside the stables, complete with equine residents, which have proved popular. The Jacobean mansion, with its Capabillity Brown-designed gardens, can also be combined with a visit to Wrest Park, a 45 minute drive away in neighbouring Bedfordshire.

Since the first phase of its landscape restoration of its wonderful landscape was completed in 2011, visitors can now visit its once-secret garden. Twice daily pre-booked guided tours are available to take groups around the 90-acre grounds and garden buildings.

English Heritage offers free familiarisation visits for education group planners. In addition, as part of a free school visit you can also book a Discovery Visit. These are hands-on, site-based activities which combine inspiring, out-of-the-classroom experiences with quality learning.

The sessions cost £90 per session for up to 30 children (until April 2013, and then £100 per session).

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