Watch Us Grow

When the 6th Duke inherited Woburn he commissioned Humphry Repton (1752 - 1818), the famous landscape gardener, to produce designs for improving the gardens and park.

Many of the features you will find in the Garden today are based on Repton designs, although others are attributed to Henry Holland and Sir Jeffry Wyattville, and some are new designs created by the current team of gardeners. The gardens are continuously changing and developing and we hope that you will visit us again and again to watch us grow. 

 > Download A Map Of The Gardens


Image for Explore Our Gardens The Chinese Dairy

Chinese Dairy

The Chinese Dairy is one of the first features you will discover on your visit to Woburn Abbey Gardens. Henry Holland designed the building in the chinoiserie style in 1787, and it was later constructed in 1794. A covered walkway originally joined the dairy to the house, allowing the family and guests to enjoy a walk in the gardens regardless of the weather.

> The Chinese Dairy

 


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Bog Garden

The Bog Garden opened in 2007 and came about after Her Grace, The Duchess of Bedford, asked if can we do something with this previously boggy turfed area of the gardens. This contemporary feature consists of 9 different sizes of gravel and boulders making up the layout you can see today.

> The Bog Garden

 


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Kitchen Garden

As the original Kitchen Garden at Woburn Abbey is quite some distance from the house, a small example area was created for visitors to enjoy. Enclosed by walls and yew hedge, the garden produces fruit, vegetables and herbs for the family and The Duchess' Tea Room.

> Visit Our Kitchen Garden

 


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Camellia House

Jeffry Wyatt came to Woburn in 1822 and added a segmental conservatory to The Sculpture Gallery. This conservatory became the Camellia House. This space was originally locked to the public. However, having been restored in 2008, it is now open for visitors' enjoyment except when booked for a private function.

> The Camellia House


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Hornbeam Maze

At the centre of this tricky maze is The Chinese Pagoda which was built in 1833 and is based on a design by Sir William Chambers. The Hornbeam Maze is open all year round although it may close periodically for maintenance. Please check with admissions.

> The Hornbeam Maze

 


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The Aviary

The original Aviary was constructed in the early 19th century as part of the Repton designs for the gardens. This structure was cleared during World War I to allow for easier maintenance as many members of staff left the Woburn Estate to join the army. The Aviary was restored in 2011 and provides a great attraction where visitors of all ages can see our colourful birds up close.

> Explore The Aviary


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Rockery and Pavilion

The 6th Duke commissioned Humphry Repton to enhance the gardens at Woburn Abbey in the early 19th century and Repton's 'Red Book' of designs included plans for a rockery and a pavilion illustrated separately as part of the formal ‘Pleasure Grounds’.  These designs were brought together by the current Gardens Team to produce an award winning feature.

> Examine Our Rockery and Pavilion


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The Folly And Children's Garden

The Children's Garden and Folly were recreated and reinvigorated in 2013 based on descriptions and illustrations from historic sources. The project included the refitting of rose arches to the previously dilapidated folly and Her Grace, The Duchess of Bedford, selected a rambling rose to be trained over them.

> The Folly And Children's Garden

 


Image for Explore Our Gardens The Cone House

The Cone House

The Cone House is another one of the features which was designed by Humphry Repton as part of his original plans for 'Pleasure Grounds' at Woburn Abbey. It formed part of a menagerie area within the gardens. In 2013, it was reconstructed and restored using the original pictures and descriptions.

> Discover The Cone House

Events & Exhibitions

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Carriage Tours - May

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May dates Sold out - Click on 'find out more' below, to find alternative dates
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Jonathan Moseley - Create a Cutting Garden Patch

Learn from the expert and create a colourful cutting patch at home.
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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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Carriage Tours - June

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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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Woburn Abbey Garden Show - Saturday

After the huge success of the last 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.
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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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VIP Garden Show package Saturday 23rd June

We invite you to enjoy a very special day out at the Woburn Abbey Garden Show with our exclusive Arts and Horticulture package.
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VIP Garden Show package Sun 24th June

We invite you to enjoy a very special day out at the Woburn Abbey Garden Show with our exclusive VIP packages.
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Woburn Abbey Garden Show - Sunday

After the huge success of the last 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.
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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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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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Buterfly and Bugs Walk

Discover the beautiful butterflies to be found in the Abbey Gardens and find out how you can attract more species to your own garden, during this guided walk.
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VIP Picnic Carriage Tour in Woburn Abbey Deer Park

Experience a picnic like no other - in The Bedford Estate’s private Hartland Carriage, drawn by a team of four magnificent horses.
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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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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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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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Christmas Flowers with Jonathan Moseley

A masterclass in Christmas flower-arranging with floral expert, Jonathan Moseley.