Visitor numbers rise as Wrest Park revamp gathers pace

Visitor numbers at English Heritage site Wrest Park in Bedfordshire trebled in the past month compared with last year.

More than 32,800 people visited the park in August this year, up from 10,940 in 2010, figures from the site showed.

The 36ha historic park and French-style mansion, which is undergoing a 20-year restoration project, is also among 14 staffed English Heritage sites that will remain open during the winter months for the first time this year.

Last month, the first phase of the restoration project, which is backed by a £1.14m Heritage Lottery Fund grant, was completed revealing the revitalised Italian garden and 20th century rose garden.

The work also included a new visitor centre and overflow parking facilities.

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