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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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Major Collaboration Between The Queen’s House, Greenwich and Woburn Abbey

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The Queen’s House in Greenwich, in partnership with Woburn Abbey, has opened Woburn Treasures (13 February 2020 – 17 January 2021), a major collaboration which will see significant works from the private art collection of The Duke and Duchess of Bedford on show in the Queen’s House.
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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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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.