Your Guide to Woburn Abbey

Woburn Abbey first opened to the public in 1955 and has welcomed visitors from all over the globe. The house is currently closed in order to undergo a large scale refurbishment programme and will re-open in spring 2021.


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400 years of history

The Abbey has been the home of the Earls and Dukes of Bedford, one of England's most powerful families, since the 1620s. It is currently the home of the 15th Duke and Duchess of Bedford and their children. Russell family members have included Prime Ministers, Ambassadors, Lord High Admirals and philosophers over the centuries and provide a direct link to the events of the past that shaped the England of today. 

> Our Family Tree


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Over 250 works of art

Woburn Abbey houses an outstanding collections of art works which will be once again be on display from spring 2021. These include:

  • The largest private collection of Venetian views painted by Canaletto on public view
  • The Armada Portrait of Queen Elizabeth I
  • Artists such as Gainsborough, Rembrandt, Reynolds, and Van Dyck
  • Artworks by Queen Victoria and Richard Stone

> Art and the Collection


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Unique rooms within the Abbey

The splendid rooms include:

  • The unique Grotto which dates from the 1630s
  • The State Apartments with original 18th-century architecture
  • The Holland Library which is one of the largest private libraries with an extensive collection of natural history books
  • Underground vaults housing the family's gold and silver collection
  • The Chinese Room with its decorative wallpaper

> Must See Treasures


Image for Woburn Abbey Today Woburn Abbey is an example of Palladian architecture

At The Heart of an English Palladian Home

The Abbey has been at the centre of social and political history which includes tales of political reform, Royal State visits, imprisonment, beheading, grand tours, love affairs and more. Famous house guests have included monarchs, politicians, leading naturalists, famous designers, architects and adventurers. 

> Our Timeline


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Events & Exhibitions

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Carriage Tours with Afternoon Tea

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Step back in time at Woburn Abbey with a horse drawn carriage tour along the tracks used by the Dukes of Bedford since the 17th century. This unique, unforgettable experience begins with welcome refreshments and a fascinating talk about Woburn's bygone era.
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Woburn Abbey Garden Show 2020

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Celebrating the intrinsic relationship between humans and horticulture, the theme for this year’s Garden Show is The Plant Connection. Taking place on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th June 2020 in beautifully landscaped gardens, the show promises to be the highlight of the horticulturalists’ calendar.
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Special Offer for Morgan Sports Car Club Members

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Woburn Abbey Garden Show is delighted to offer Morgan Sports Car Club members a special Group Rate which includes Fast Track entry via the Deer Park, privileged parking area within the show site and breakfast.
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Woburn Abbey Garden Show - VIP Enclosure Upgrade

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HURRY - ONLY 50 VIP ENCLOSURE TICKETS AVAILABLE EACH DAY!
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Give The Gift of Woburn Abbey Garden Show This Christmas

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Give the gift of a memorable day out with tickets to Woburn Abbey’s Garden Show in 2020. Celebrating the intrinsic relationship between humans and horticulture, the theme for the Garden Show will be The Plant Connection.