Explore Our Gardens

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. 

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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

 


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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

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Events & Exhibitions

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Woburn Abbey Gardens Tour and Lunch 13th July

Enjoy the splendour of the Woburn Abbey Gardens through the seasons with our 2017 private garden tour and lunch at The Sculpture Gallery.
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A Day with Pippa Greenwood

Learn to 'grow your own' from this well-known gardening expert.
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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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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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Parkland Tour - July

Come along on a tour around our beautiful deer park, and experience it as Humphry Repton intended.
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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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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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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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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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Christmas Flowers with Jonathan Moseley

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