The Gardens Today

Peace and Tranquility

Explore over 28 acres, inspired by the designs of landscape gardener, Humphry Repton and developed by our dedicated gardens team. With everything from flower beds blooming with colour around neat, green lawns through to our ponds and woodland areas that help to preserve local biodiversity, there's something new to discover around every corner.

There are many highlights to enjoy, including the bog garden, designed in the 21st century to make use of a boggy patch, and historic features like the romantic Doric Temple and Wyatville Seat. With so much to discover, visitors return throughout the year to experience the changing landscape across the seasons. Many more revisit every year to view the latest of our redevelopment projects, based on Humphry Repton's original features and themed garden areas.

Explore Woburn Abbey Gardens today, learn more about our restoration plans from our gardens team, or simply find a spot to sit back, relax and take in the stunning views.  


Image for The Gardens Today The Gardens Have a Long and Varied History.

History of the Gardens

Woburn Abbey Gardens have a long and varied history spanning over 400 years. Their form and function have been influenced by both local decisions and global events, and changes continue to this day with the renovation projects currently in progress.

> Explore The Timeline


Image for The Gardens Today Repton Designed Many of The Features Visible Today.

Humphry Repton

Repton was a talented artist, surveyor, and horticulturist, and combined these skills to become the first self-titled landscape gardener. He was employed by the 6th Duke in the early 19th century to design a new layout for the gardens and grounds around Woburn Abbey.

> Discover Humphry Repton


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Award Winning Gardens

Here at Woburn Abbey we are developing the gardens to the highest possible standards, and in recognition of this we have received a number of awards over the past few years. These include: becoming an RHS Partner Garden; the Hudson's Heritage Award for New Commission; and the Georgian Group Architectural Award for Restoration of a Georgian Garden or Landscape.

> See Our Awards

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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.