England's biggest-ever secret garden opens its doors today following a 20-year, £3.8 million revamp.

Wrest Park in Bedfordshire has been closed for more than 50 years, but now the public will be free to explore the 90-acre park's woodlands and gardens via miles of historic pathways.

English Heritage say that the park is one of the few places where visitors can see 300 years of evolving landscape gardening.

Park highlights include a Victorian rose garden and an Italian garden.

Simon Thurley, chief executive of English Heritage said: “Wrest Park tells the story of England's love affair with landscape. It is a unique place capturing three hundred years of gardening history.”

“So now with the successful completion of this first phase of restoration, Wrest Park can rightfully reclaim its place as one of the great gardens of England.”