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Exotic Birds And Wildlife

The Cone House is a Humphry Repton designed structure that was part of the original plans for a menagerie within the gardens of Woburn Abbey. The menagerie consisted of exotic birds and wildlife from around the world. The Cone House was the viewing platform for the Duke, Duchess and their guests to safely watch the wild animals, with the protection of the expanse of water in front. 

The Cone House was decorated with cones from the newly imported conifers that graced the estate.

Cone House Reconstruction

In 2013, we reconstructed and restored the Cone House using the original pictures and descriptions by Humphry Repton. For the construction, we were able to use the original foundations and stone pads in the pond to erect the house.

The cones used to decorate the house were, once again, collected from the original conifer trees on the estates.

Events & Exhibitions

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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

This event has now sold out but we have more dates available.
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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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Terrarium Workshop

Bedford Estates Head Gardener, Tom Abbott will show you how to create a terrarium which you will then get to take home.
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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

This event has now sold out - please check back at a later date as we are planning similar events to this in the future.
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Treasury of Trees Walking Tour

Join us for a guided walk in our Quercetum and Pinetum areas of the gardens to discover our treasury of trees.
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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 2019

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Early Bird rates can now be booked on-line for the Gardeners' Garden Show.