The Aviary

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Golden Pheasants, Budgies and Quail

There was no physical evidence of the original Aviary, which was constructed in 1805, as it had been cleared during the war for easier maintenance of the gardens. The restoration of the Aviary in 2011 aimed to make Woburn Abbey Gardens more family friendly, as the birds appeal particularly to our younger visitors.

This illustration of the Aviary and the Cone House shows two little cottages either side of the Aviary structure. These would have been home to the keepers who managed the menagerie of animals that were kept in this area. This was the forerunner to Woburn Safari Park. 

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Aviary Reconstruction

The Aviary was returned to Woburn using etchings and descriptions of the building from an historic book about the Gardens called Hortus Woburnensis. The Aviary was reconstructed with a frame made of green oak.

During the reconstruction a time capsule was placed in the roof of the structure which included photos of the Gardens Team, the Duke and Duchess and their children, and a newspaper from the day of completion. The Aviary is now home to our birds, including golden pheasants, budgies and quail.

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'Grow your own' masterclass with Pippa Greenwood

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Spring and Easter Flowers with Jonathan Moseley

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Spring Pruning Study Day

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Twilight Parkland Tour - April

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Jonathan Moseley - Create a Cutting Garden Patch

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Twilight Parkland Tour - May

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Garden Show - VIP Packages

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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 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.
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Twilight Parkland Tour - July

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Bee Walk

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Bat Walks

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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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