Woburn Abbey to undergo major refurbishment

Woburn Abbey will undergo 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 will close to visitors on September 1st 2019, for around 18 months to undergo an exciting transformation. The project will update the Abbey as a visitor attraction, providing first-class facilities, including disabled access.

The major refurbishment of the Abbey will include the North and South Courts and result in improved presentation and facilities for the Sculpture Gallery. 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. Subject to planning approval being achieved in the coming months, it is hoped that works will start on 1st September 2019. This will necessitate the closure of the Abbey and Gardens from 1st September 2019 until Easter 2021.

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