The Gold and Silver Vaults

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Underground Vaults

In the underground vaults at Woburn Abbey,  you will discover a breathtaking selection of some of the family silver and gold. This includes breadbaskets which were the 4th Duke’s wedding present to his second wife Gertrude. They were commissioned from Paul de Lamerie, one of the finest Huguenot silversmiths.

You will also see a set of candlesticks by David Willaume, who lived less than four miles away in the small village of Tingrith. You might pass this village on your way to visit Woburn Abbey.  

Make sure to look out for the inscribed bracelet that was given to Anna Maria, wife of the future 7th Duke, by Queen Victoria in 1838. If you look closely you can see Anna Maria wearing the bracelet in her portrait upstairs on The Duke's Corridor. 

Some of the items in these vaults are still used by the family today and may be 'missing' from the cases if there are guests in residence. For example the 12 individual silver gilt teapots are used for visitors to have morning tea. 

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Events & Exhibitions

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Summer Holiday Children's Trails

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To offer younger visitors a great, new experience at Woburn Abbey, two brand new trails have been created.
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Parkland Tour - August

Come along on a tour around our beautiful deer park, and experience it as Humphry Repton intended.
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Bat Walks

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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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Autumn Gardening Skills

This session is designed to give you a range of horticultural skills and enable you to get hands on with plant material to gain the confidence with your own garden maintenance. The perfect introduction if you are not sure where, when or how to get started in your own garden.
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tri for life triathlon

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tri for life presents The Woburn Abbey Triathlon. One of the UK’s most loved triathlons, it has become famed for its iconic venue and unrivalled family experience.
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Bat Walks

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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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Design of the Times: Talk and Afternoon Tea

Explore the history of Woburn Abbey’s grandest interiors through our new exhibition and an in-depth talk delivered by one of our experts, followed by Afternoon Tea.
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Pruning Study Day

This session is designed to give you a wide range of pruning skills and enable you to get hands on with plant material to gain the confidence with your own garden maintenance.
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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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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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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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Natalie Williams' Soul Motown Revue

The Sculpture Gallery is delighted to welcome back Natalie Williams' Soul Family this November for an exclusive evening of musical entertainment and fine dining.
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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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Carriage Tours October

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SOLD OUT - This event is now sold out but please register your interest to allow us to inform you when new dates available.
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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? Join us as we begin our annual ‘deep-clean’ to find out more.
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Christmas Flowers with Jonathan Moseley

A masterclass in Christmas flower-arranging with floral expert, Jonathan Moseley.
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War Notes from Woburn: Remembrance Sunday

The Sculpture Gallery is delighted to welcome back Lili la Scala this Remembrance Sunday, performing a poignant blend of vintage songs while guests enjoy a traditional two course Sunday lunch.
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A Touch of West End

Woburn's Sculpture Gallery is delighted to welcome back A Touch of West End this December for a fabulous evening of fine dining and musical entertainment.
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New Year's Eve at Woburn

New Year’s Eve is a time for celebration and at The Sculpture Gallery we believe in welcoming the coming year with style and sophistication. Join us this New Year’s Eve at The Sculpture Gallery for an exclusive evening with our five piece band Blue Rinse and see in 2018 with style.
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Woburn Abbey Garden Show 2018

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After the huge success of the 2017 Garden Show this June we are pleased to announce that tickets can now be purchased for the 9th Woburn Abbey Garden Show taking place on 23rd and 24th June 2018. Set against the stunning backdrop of Woburn Abbey, ‘The Gardener’s Garden Show’ offers visitors one of the best location of any show in the UK, taking place within the 42 acres of Abbey Gardens.