Woburn Abbey undergoing major refurbishment

Woburn Abbey is undergoing its biggest refurbishment since it first opened to the public in 1955 as the Duke and Duchess of Bedford announce plans for significant investment.

The historic family home closed to visitors on September 1st 2019, for around 18 months to undergo an exciting transformation. The closure provides the opportunity to conserve further the fabulous art collections, so that they are preserved for future generations, and to facilitate renewed interpretation of the fascinating stories associated with them.

The Duke of Bedford said;

‘The Bedford Estates have invested continually in the different areas of our businesses ever since my Grandfather first opened the Abbey in 1955. He created Woburn Safari Park, and my father then built the three championship golf courses at Woburn Golf Club. Now we are able to invest in the Abbey itself, to bring it up to date as a visitor attraction, and ensure its preservation for generations to come.’

The plans have been brought forward following extensive consultations with Historic England, Central-Bedfordshire District Council and numerous art experts, as well as the Abbey staff and necessitate the closure of the Abbey and Gardens from 1st September 2019 until Easter 2021.

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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Tours dates for 2020 will be posted when we have further instructions from the Government regarding Covid-19.