Discover The History

The earliest member of the Russell family, Stephen Russell of Dorset, can be traced back as far as 1394 when he represented Weymouth in Parliament but it was his great-great grandson, John, who established the family fortune. The estate was given to him by Edward VI, in recognition of his diplomatic service to Henry VIII. He became Baron Russell and in 1550 was created First Earl of Bedford.

The Woburn Family Tree

Events & Exhibitions

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Woburn Abbey Garden Show 2020 - Cancelled

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In response to government advice regarding COVID-19 and after careful consideration, it is with great regret that we have taken the decision to cancel this year’s Woburn Abbey Garden Show.
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Carriage Tours with Afternoon Tea

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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Off Road Deer Park Tours

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Join the Deer Keepers for a 1.5 hour tour of the Woburn Abbey Deer Park where you will be able to get up close to the beautiful deer.