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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 on leads within Woburn Abbey, the 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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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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Flower Painting Study Day

Join us for a day of flower painting as we turn one of the rooms in the Historic North Court of Woburn Abbey into an art studio for the day.
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Woburn Abbey Garden Show 2018

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Now in its 9th year, the ‘Gardeners’ Garden Show’ has become an important diary date for gardening enthusiasts. Set in 42-acres of the Abbey’s beautifully landscaped gardens, the show offers unparalleled access to award-winning exhibitors and nurseries that have been handpicked by Woburn. The displays are complemented by an array of live entertainment, artisan foods, shopping, demonstrations, informative talks and gardening advice, tips and tours.
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VIP Garden Show package Saturday 23rd June

Bookings for VIP tickets are now closed, tickets for general admission to the Garden Show are still available.
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VIP Garden Show package Sunday 24th June

Bookings for VIP tickets are now closed, tickets for general admission to the Garden Show are still available.
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Rose Study Day

Studying and appreciation of roses with David Austin’s Rosarian Michael Marriott
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Twilight Parkland Tour - July

Experience the grounds of Woburn Abbey in a whole new light on this exclusive out-of-hours tour of the parkland and gardens.
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Carriage Tours - July

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An exciting experience back by popular demand, enjoy a tour in a private carriage around the grounds and gardens
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Open Air Theatre - The Tempest

The Lord Chamberlain’s Men, the UK’s premier all male theatre company, invite you to join them this summer for Shakespeare’s spellbinding masterpiece, The Tempest.
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Bee Walk

Discover the importance of attracting bees to your garden and, more importantly, how to attract them.
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Twilight Parkland Tour

Experience the grounds of Woburn Abbey in a whole new light on this exclusive out-of-hours tour of the parkland and gardens.
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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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Twilight Parkland Tour - August

Experience the grounds of Woburn Abbey in a whole new light on this exclusive out-of-hours tour of the parkland and gardens.
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Carriage Tours - August

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An exciting experience back by popular demand, enjoy a tour in a private carriage around the grounds and gardens
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Bat Walks

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

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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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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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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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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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

Have you ever wondered how to approach designing your own garden, what you need to know to be a garden designer or the skills involved?
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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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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? 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.