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World Famous Collections

Woburn Abbey is celebrated for housing one of the most important private art collections in the world. Artworks which were on public view until September 2019 include the work of famous artists such as: Reynolds, Gainsborough, Hogarth, Lely, Rembrandt, Tintoretto and Van Dyck. 

Within the house itself, a number of 18th-century pictures still hang largely in situ. The State Dressing Room is hung with a collection of Dutch and Flemish old masters, such as Teniers, Cuyp and Steen. The Dining Room was remodelled by the architect Henry Holland and has for centuries displayed Woburn Abbey’s famous collection of Venetian views by Canaletto.

> Discover Our Canalettos

 


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Queen Elizabeth I

The Armada Portrait is one of the most popular and famous paintings we have in the collection here at Woburn Abbey. The Armada Portrait depicts the Tudor queen as an icon of beauty, strength and purity surrounded by symbols of imperial majesty.

> The Armada Portrait

 


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Historic Pieces

The collection of furniture, and individual pieces in particular, have been witness to many historic events over the last 400 years. From a prime minister's writing desk, where he sat to write his parliamentary speeches, to a metamorphic table which converts into a set of library steps, each piece has a unique and interesting story to tell. 

> Explore Our Furniture

 

 

Events & Exhibitions

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Champagne Shopping Evening in aid of NSPCC - 6.00pm until 9.00pm

This exclusive evening Champagne shopping event will be hosted by Her Grace, The Duchess of Bedford on 13th November from 6.00pm until 9.00pm. Browse over 50 stalls of inspiring gift ideas whilst enjoying a glass of Champagne and canapés.
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NSPCC Luxury Gift Fair

The NSPCC Luxury Gift Fair is an annual event and a highlight of the Woburn calendar.
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Woburn Abbey Garden Show 2020

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Set against the stunning backdrop of Woburn Abbey and within 42 acres of Abbey Gardens, "The Gardener’s Garden Show" offers one of the best locations of any show in the UK.
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VIP Enclosure Woburn Abbey Garden Show 2020

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