Warden Abbey Vineyard

Type:Vineyard

Bedford Road, Old Warden, Old Warden, Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, SG18 9LS

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About

Warden Abbey Vineyard is nestled between the picturesque villages of Old Warden and Cardington and vines were first planted on this beautiful Bedfordshire field in medieval times by monks at the Cistercian Abbey of Warden.

It was one of seven Cistercian monasteries to cultivate vines in England and Wales, with the monks planting a Great Vineyard (possibly about 24 acres) and an adjoining Little Vineyard (just over 16 acres), probably before the end of the 12th century.

The community vineyard is a not-for-profit venture. Vines are cared for all year round by volunteers, who also help with promoting the project, historical research, vineyard tours, organising events and fund-raising.

 

The vineyard has a special atmosphere that attracts people looking for something different and a unique social environment. It offers:

tours, wine tasting and special events

a unique setting for social and therapeutic horticulture

learning and skills development

help for people into employment or voluntary work

a range of volunteering opportunities for local people and community groups

a great chance to be involved from vine to wine

wildlife and heritage projects

 

Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity  leases the vineyard in an ambitious project to provide a unique community and educational resource – and are carrying on the tradition of making medal winning wines.

Facilities

Catering

  • Picnic site

Groups

  • Facilities for educational visits
  • Guided tours for groups

Parking

  • Free Parking

Property Facilities

  • Guided tours for individuals
  • Guided tours mandatory

Target Markets

  • Coach parties accepted

Map & Directions

Road Directions

We are situated off Bedford Road between Old Warden and Cardington (nearest to Old Warden) in Bedfordshire. Unfortunately we are a little tricky to find so you may want to allow plenty of time.

Look out for the brown tourist sign at the side of the road saying Warden Abbey Vineyard, opposite the entrance. There is a double metal gate opening into the field.  Once in the field, follow the track round to the left. Please note this can get muddy in wet weather.

Using Google Maps and SatNavs

The entrance to the vineyard is now shown as a pin on Google Maps – follow this link:  Link to location on Google Maps. You can then get directions via Google Maps from your location. This can also be used in sat navs. Or use coordinates 52°04’58.9″N 0°21’47.0″W

From Old Warden, the East and A1

Exit the A1 at the Biggleswade North roundabout, turning onto the B658/Hill Lane. At the next roundabout, go straight ahead towards Old Warden (follow brown tourist signs for Shuttleworth and Old Warden Park).

Continue straight on through Old Warden village. After passing through the village, at the bend at the top of the hill, turn right at the junction, signposted for Cardington and Bedford.  After about half a mile, the entrance to the vineyard is found on the left hand side of the road.

From Cardington

From the Bedford Bypass A421/ A603, you enter Cardington and arrive at the T-junction at the green (with the Kings Arms pub on your left).

Turn right onto Southill Road. After around 3 miles, you will pass a small road forking to the right. Continue on the main road and the entrance to the vineyard is on your right, about quarter of a mile beyond the fork.

Opening Times

Season (1 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2021)
DayTimes
Wednesday - Saturday10:00 - 16:00

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