The Gardens of Woburn Abbey have developed over centuries, influenced by events affecting the family, the estate and the country as a whole. From the foundation as an Cistercian Abbey through to the low maintenance designs needed during times of war, historic events have altered the landscape in ways which you can still see today.
A few years ago Woburn Abbey Gardens were noticeably Victorian in style, however that has all changed since 2004. The Gardens Team, with direction from The Duchess of Bedford and Martin Towsey, Estates Gardens Manager, have undertaken to restore and recreate Woburn Abbey Gardens based on Humphry Repton's original designs.
Review our timeline to see the key milestones in the history of the gardens.