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Rambling Roses

At the start of the restoration project, there was no trace of the rest of the Children's Garden, just turf and what remained of the Folly. There was a large sign saying: 'Danger Falling Masonry' and a fence kept visitors away. 

Using original Humphry Repton plans and descriptions from an historic book about the gardens, Hortus Woburnensis, the site was marked out and brought back to life. The rose arches were fitted to the Folly and Her Grace, The Duchess of Bedford, picked out the rambling rose at the Chelsea Flower Show. 

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A Sensory Experience

The project was completed in 2005 and the planting continues to fill out the beds and cover the arches. As you walk through The Children's Garden you will discover a vast array of different textures, sights and smells.

The Folly was the place where a Nanny would read stories to the children. It is an enchanting environment with collections of rocks, fossils, fool's gold and shells all encrusted into the roof.

Events & Exhibitions

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VIP Garden Show package Saturday 22nd June

We invite you to enjoy a very special day out at the Woburn Abbey Garden Show with our exclusive VIP packages.
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Woburn Abbey Garden Show 2019

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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 Garden Show package Sunday 23rd June

We invite you to enjoy a very special day out at the Woburn Abbey Garden Show with our exclusive VIP packages.
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Twilight Parkland Tour

Experience the grounds of Woburn Abbey in a whole new light on this exclusive out-of-hours tour of the parkland and gardens.
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Carriage Tours

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An exciting experience back by popular demand, enjoy a tour in a private carriage around the grounds and gardens of Woburn Abbey.
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Bee Walk

Discover the importance of attracting bees to your garden and, more importantly, how to attract them.
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Carriage Tours

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An exciting experience back by popular demand, enjoy a tour in a private carriage around the grounds and gardens of Woburn Abbey.
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Twilight Parkland Tour

Experience the grounds of Woburn Abbey in a whole new light on this exclusive out-of-hours tour of the parkland and gardens.
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Twilight Parkland Tour

Experience the grounds of Woburn Abbey in a whole new light on this exclusive out-of-hours tour of the parkland and gardens.
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Carriage Tours

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An exciting experience back by popular demand, enjoy a tour in a private carriage around the grounds and gardens of Woburn Abbey.
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Bat Walk

Take an exclusive evening tour and learn all about the species of bats living in Woburn Abbey Gardens. Then, using bat detectors, you will learn to listen and identify the echo location signals bats use to navigate and hunt.