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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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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Woburn Abbey Garden Show - VIP Enclosure Upgrade

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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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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.