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The Abbey

Within Woburn Abbey there are five rooms that are located on the ground floor and are wheelchair accessible.

In these rooms you will be able to experience Woburn’s unique example of a 17th-century interior Grotto - complete with a vaulted mother-of-pearl and shell ceiling - as well as our current exhibitions. There are beautiful family portraits to see along Paternoster Row, together with an ornate cane presented by Charles I and a sash worn by Lord William Russell during the Napoleonic Wars, complete with bullet hole. In the Book Room you will see illustrated botanical and zoological works and early 19th century political cartoons. 

Unfortunately, rooms on the first floor and underground levels do require the use of stairs for access and wheelchairs cannot be accommodated for health and safety reasons. Upstairs, seating is provided in many of the rooms for visitors who may need to take a break during their tour of the Abbey, or just wish to pause for a moment to enjoy the stunning decorative schemes and collections. 

A special concessionary rate for entry to Woburn Abbey and Gardens is available for Blue Badge holders.   Discounts for visitors with disabilities visiting Woburn with a pre-booked group are also available. 


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Woburn Abbey Grounds and Gardens

Within Woburn Abbey Grounds and Gardens there are a number of different path surfaces, including gravel, paving and grass. The majority of these are traversable in a wheelchair, dependant on recent weather conditions, and a map can be provided showing alternative accessible routes avoiding any steps.

There is a mobility scooter available for visitor use, subject to availability.   If you would like to use the scooter it is advisable to get in touch prior to your visit and to pre-book. We welcome assistance dogs within Woburn Abbey Grounds and Gardens. 

Information within Woburn Abbey Gardens is provided via a number of panels located in different areas. For visitors with visual impairments, you may like to download our free audio tour and garden podcasts to an Mp3 player or mobile phone prior to your visit. Or why not visit on the first Saturday of the month for one of our Come and Grow events, and participate in a free guided tour with one of our RHS qualified gardeners. 

Blue Badge holders can purchase a ticket at a special concessionary rate for entry to Woburn Abbey Gardens. This ticket is £3.50 and discounts for visitors with disabilities visiting as part of a pre-booked group are also available.


Facilities

The car park is located a short distance from the entrance to Woburn Abbey and Gardens, and a number of spaces closest to the gates are reserved for blue badge holders. There are toilets adapted for people with disabilities located in the Car Park area and close to the visitor entrance to Woburn Abbey. 

The Duchess' Tea Room and Duchess' Shop are wheelchair accessible and our staff are on hand in both areas should you require any additional assistance. 

If you have any further questions about the accessibility of Woburn Abbey and Gardens, our staff are available to advise on how we can meet your needs. Please contact us using the link below. 

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Events & Exhibitions

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Easter Bunny Fun

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Woburn Abbey’s Easter Trail will keep children entertained as they hunt for Easter bunnies dotted throughout the Abbey Gardens.
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Woburn Abbey Garden Show 2017

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After the huge success of the 2016 Garden Show this June we are pleased to announce that tickets can now be purchased for the 8th Woburn Abbey Garden Show taking place on 24th and 25th June 2017. Set against the stunning backdrop of Woburn Abbey, ‘The Gardener’s Garden Show’ offers visitors the best location of any show in the UK, taking place within the 42 acres of Abbey Gardens.
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Garden Safari Week - July

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Calling all Garden Explorers! Come and join us on our Garden Safari this summer holiday.
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Garden Safari Week - August

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Calling all Garden Explorers! Come and join us on our Garden Safari this summer holiday.
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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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Natalie Williams' Soul Motown Revue

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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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An exciting experience, enjoy a tour in a historic Landau Carriage around the grounds and gardens of Woburn Abbey.
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