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Woburn Abbey

Type:Abbey

Woburn, Milton Keynes, Bedfordshire, MK17 9WA

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Woburn Abbey and Gardens

Step inside Woburn Abbey and immerse yourself in nearly 500 years of history, explore 28 acres of award-winning gardens and enjoy a drive through the extensive deer park.

Home of the Duke and Duchess of Bedford, Woburn Abbey was gifted to the family by Henry VIII in his will. Explore 500 years of one family’s history, including the popularisation of afternoon tea, a Royal pardon, political reform and Royal visits.

Discover an art collection including an unrivalled group of 16th and 17th Century portraits, works by Rembrandt, Reynolds and Van Dyck and the largest private collection of Canaletto’s Venetian views on public display. Together with fine English and French furniture. The collection of furniture, and individual pieces in particular, have been witness to many historic events over the last 400 years. From a prime minister's writing desk, where John Russell sat to write his parliamentary speeches, to a metamorphic table which converts into a set of library steps, each piece has a unique and interesting story to tell.

The 28 acres of award-winning Woburn Abbey Gardens are exceptional. Enjoy elegant horticultural designs, woodland glades, ponds and architectural features; much of which were the inspiration of Humphry Repton.

In 2018 we celebrated Humphry Repton’s bicentennial year – When the 6th Duke of Bedford inherited Woburn he commissioned Repton, the famous landscape gardener, to produce designs for improving the gardens and park. Now over 200 years later, you can still enjoy his designs and the restoration of Repton’s original pleasure grounds. Repton considered that of all of his landscape designs, none were more fully realised than at Woburn. Repton’s most elaborate Red Book is on display, as part of an exhibition about his life and work for the 6th Duke of Bedford, which runs in the Abbey until 1st September 2019.

Don’t miss Chinese Dairy, which is the only structure of its kind in the country, designed by Henry Holland in 1787 for Francis, 5th Duke of Bedford. Enjoy views of the bog garden, discover the Camellia House and see what’s growing in the Kitchen Garden.

Woburn Abbey is the home of Afternoon Tea. The English social custom of taking Afternoon Tea was popularised in the 1840s by Duchess Anna Maria, wife of the 7th Duke of Bedford, who entertained her friends at Woburn Abbey. The Duchess is credited with popularising the custom of afternoon tea in the court of Queen Victoria. The Duchess and her friends would have enjoyed afternoon tea in the comfortable surroundings of the Abbey. Afternoon Tea is available at Woburn Abbey and The Woburn Hotel.

A visit to Woburn Abbey and Gardens includes a two mile drive through the extensive deer park. At 3,000 acres, Woburn Abbey Deer Park is one of the largest conservation parks in Europe and home to over 1,200 deer. The Dukes of Bedford have played a critical role in conserving several critically endangered species of deer including the Milu or Pére David's Deer.

The Park is home to a total of nine species of deer. As well as the famous Pére David's Deer, visitors should keep an eye out for Sika, Axis and Barasingha, as well as the rare and shy Rusa Deer. You may also see small Muntjac and Chinese Water Deer roaming individually.

Woburn Abbey and Gardens offers a fantastic day out and we are open daily from 5th April until 1st September 2019.

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Concessions£16.50 per concession

Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.

Facilities

Booking & Payment Details

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)

Catering

  • On-site light refreshments

Children

  • Children welcome

Groups

  • Facilities for educational visits
  • Guided tours for groups

Meeting, Conference & Wedding Facilities

  • Venue approved for civil marriage
  • Wedding receptions

Parking

  • Free Parking

Property Facilities

  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Gift shop

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted

Map & Directions

Road Directions

https://www.woburnabbey.co.uk/plan-your-visit/finding-us/

From M1 Junction 13

Woburn Abbey is signposted from Junction 13 of the M1. 

Follow the signs at the roundabout and junction and you will be directed via the A507. Follow the signs onto the A4012 towards Husborne Crawley and Ridgmont. Follow the A4012 through Husborne Crawley, past the Safari Park entrance and continue on to Woburn village. Turn left at the T-junction towards the High Street. Park Street is approximately 300m on the left, just before The Woburn Hotel. Follow Park Street onto the Woburn Estate and turn right after the second cattle grid for Woburn Abbey and Gardens Admissions. 

FROM M1 JUNCTION 12

From Junction 12 of the M1, take the A5120 towards Flitwick and go through 1 roundabout. 

Turn left, signposted towards Eversholt and Tingrith.

Follow this road to a T-Junction and turn left. The sign is to Eversholt, and there is a brown sign for the Abbey and Safari Park. 

Follow this road onto and through the Woburn Estate. 

Turn Left before the cattle grid on the far side of the estate to reach Woburn Abbey and Garden Admission.

From A5

Northbound

If coming Northbound, turn onto the A4012 in Hockliffe and follow this road into Woburn village.

Turn right onto Park Street immediately after The Woburn Hotel.

Follow Park Street onto the Woburn Estate and turn right after the second cattle grid for Woburn Abbey and Gardens Admissions.

There is a 2 mile drive through the deer park, after Admissions, so you have an opportunity to enjoy the deer and landscape before arriving at the car park at Woburn Abbey and Gardens. 

Southbound

If coming Southbound, turn onto Sheep Lane at the roundabout with The Flying Fox pub. 

Continue straight along this road until the junction in the centre of Woburn village. 

At this staggered crossroad, take the road opposite which is Park Street. The Woburn Hotel is on the corner.

Follow Park Street onto the Woburn Estate and turn right after the second cattle grid for Woburn Abbey and Gardens Admissions.

From A421

From both the Westbound and Eastbound carriageways, Woburn Abbey is signposted from Junction 13 of the M1. 

Follow the signs on the roundabouts and junctions and you will be directed via the A507. 

Follow the signs onto the A4012 towards Husborne Crawley and Ridgmont. 

Follow the A4012 through Husborne Crawley, past the Safari Park entrance and continue on to Woburn village. 

Turn left at the T-junction towards the High Street.

Park Street is approximately 300m on the left, just before The Woburn Hotel.

Follow Park Street onto the Woburn Estate and turn right after the second cattle grid for Woburn Abbey and Gardens Admissions. 

There is a 2 mile drive through the deer park, after Admissions, so you have an opportunity to enjoy the deer and landscape before arriving at the car park at Woburn Abbey and Gardens. 

There is a 2 mile drive through the deer park, after Admissions, so you have an opportunity to enjoy the deer and landscape before arriving at the car park at Woburn Abbey and Gardens.

Public Transport Directions

Nearest railway station is Flitwick

Opening Times

Season (1 Apr 2019 - 31 Oct 2019)

* The Duchess' Tea Room and the Duchess' Gift Shop
open daily from 10.00am until 6.00pm (last entry 5.00pm).

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