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World Famous Collections

Woburn Abbey is celebrated for housing one of the most important private art collections in the world. Artworks on public view include the work of famous artists such as: Reynolds, Gainsborough, Hogarth, Lely, Rembrandt, Tintoretto and Van Dyck. 

Within the house itself, a number of 18th-century pictures still hang largely in situ. The State Dressing Room is hung with a collection of Dutch and Flemish old masters, such as Teniers, Cuyp and Steen. The Dining Room was remodelled by the architect Henry Holland and has for centuries displayed Woburn Abbey’s famous collection of Venetian views by Canaletto.

> Discover Our Canalettos

 


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Queen Elizabeth I

The Armada Portrait is one of the most popular and famous paintings we have in the collection here at Woburn Abbey. The Armada Portrait depicts the Tudor queen as an icon of beauty, strength and purity surrounded by symbols of imperial majesty.

> The Armada Portrait

 


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Historic Pieces

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 he 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. 

> Explore Our Furniture

 


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Sèvres Services

Here at Woburn Abbey you will find porcelain from England, continental Europe and Japan. The highlight of the Porcelain Crypt is the Sèvres Pavillion (pictured right) as well as the neighbouring display of the Sèvres dinner service presented to the wife of the 4th Duke by King Louis XV for the help the Duke offered in brokering peace at the end of the Seven Years' War. 

> Examine Our Porcelain

 


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In Our Vaults

The family silver and gold is displayed in these two vaults underneath the house. Several of the pieces are still in use and are taken out when the current Duke and Duchess might be entertaining guests at the Abbey.  

> Silver and Gold Collection

 

Events & Exhibitions

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Humphry Repton: Art & Nature for the Duke of Bedford

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Open to the public between 23rd March and 28th October 2018, the new exhibition explores the fascinating relationship between Repton and one of his greatest clients.
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Summer Holiday Children's Activities

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There's plenty to keep younger visitors entertained at Woburn Abbey during the summer holidays, two trails, crafts and games!
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National Afternoon Tea Week

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Renowned speaker Gillian Perry will talk you through the social history of Afternoon Tea. This English custom was popularised by the 7th Duchess of Bedford, Anna Maria at Woburn Abbey.
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Bat Walk

Take an exclusive tour of the Woburn Abbey Gardens at night and learn about the nocturnal activities of the bats living in the gardens.
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Bat Walk

This event has now sold out but we have more dates available.
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Life in a Noble Household

Discover what it was like to work in a great Ducal household from the 17th to the 20th centuries.
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Bat Walk

Take an exclusive tour of the Woburn Abbey Gardens at night and learn about the nocturnal activities of the bats living in the gardens.
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Terrarium Workshop

Bedford Estates Head Gardener, Tom Abbott will show you how to create a terrarium which you will then get to take home.
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Bat Walk

Take an exclusive tour of the Woburn Abbey Gardens at night and learn about the nocturnal activities of the bats living in the gardens.
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Woburn Abbey triathlon

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Now in its eleventh year, the Woburn Abbey Triathlon - organised by registered charity tri for life, and delivery partner, Human Race events - has raised over £2.4m for its charity partners.
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Woburn Abbey Honey Festival

Join us in a celebration of everything honey, set against the stunning backdrop of Woburn Abbey and Gardens.
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Dining Like A Duke

From the earliest times, the consumption of food has evolved from the basic requirements to survive into one of the grandest expressions of wealth and style.
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Adam Frost: Intro into Garden Design

This event has now sold out - please check back at a later date as we are planning similar events to this in the future.
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NSPCC Luxury Gift Fair Evening Champagne Reception

This exclusive Evening Champagne Reception will be hosted by Her Grace, The Duchess of Bedford. Browse over 50 stalls of inspiring gift ideas whilst enjoying a glass of Champagne and canapés. All proceeds from the event tickets will go to the NSPCC.
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NSPCC Luxury Gift Fair

The NSPCC Luxury Gift Fair is an annual event and a highlight of the Woburn calendar.
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Off Road Deer Park Tours

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Join the Deer Keepers for a 1.5 hour tour of the Woburn Abbey Deer Park where you will able to get up close to the beautiful deer.
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Treasury of Trees Walking Tour

Join us for a guided walk in our Quercetum and Pinetum areas of the gardens to discover our treasury of trees.
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Treasures of the Library & Afternoon Tea

Enjoy a private view of some of the treasures housed within Woburn Abbey’s extensive library collection.
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Brunch with Queen Victoria

Follow in the footsteps of the Queen and her 1841 visit to Woburn Abbey. Enjoy a delicious lunch in the Duchess' Tearoom followed by an in-depth talk with time to explore the Abbey at your leisure.
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Housekeeper's Know-how

Ever wondered what it takes to preserve and care for a great stately home and its treasures? While we’re closed for the winter, our housekeeping team invites you behind-the-scenes for an exclusive glimpse into what it takes to complete Woburn Abbey’s annual ‘deep-clean’
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Christmas Flowers with Jonathan Moseley

A masterclass in Christmas flower-arranging with floral expert, Jonathan Moseley.
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Woburn Abbey Garden Show 2019

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Early Bird rates can now be booked on-line for the Gardeners' Garden Show.