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The Abbey

Within Woburn Abbey there are five rooms that are located on the ground floor and are wheelchair accessible.

In these rooms you will be able to experience Woburn’s unique example of a 17th-century interior Grotto - complete with a vaulted mother-of-pearl and shell ceiling - as well as our current exhibitions. There are beautiful family portraits to see along Paternoster Row, together with an ornate cane presented by Charles I and a sash worn by Lord William Russell during the Napoleonic Wars, complete with bullet hole. In the Book Room you will see illustrated botanical and zoological works and early 19th century political cartoons. 

Unfortunately, rooms on the first floor and underground levels do require the use of stairs for access and wheelchairs cannot be accommodated for health and safety reasons. Upstairs, seating is provided in many of the rooms for visitors who may need to take a break during their tour of the Abbey, or just wish to pause for a moment to enjoy the stunning decorative schemes and collections. 

A special concessionary rate for entry to Woburn Abbey and Gardens is available for Blue Badge holders.   Discounts for visitors with disabilities visiting Woburn with a pre-booked group are also available. 


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Woburn Abbey Grounds and Gardens

Within Woburn Abbey Grounds and Gardens there are a number of different path surfaces, including gravel, paving and grass. The majority of these are traversable in a wheelchair, dependant on recent weather conditions, and a map can be provided showing alternative accessible routes avoiding any steps.

There is a mobility scooter available for visitor use, subject to availability.   If you would like to use the scooter it is advisable to get in touch prior to your visit and to pre-book. We welcome assistance dogs on leads within Woburn Abbey, the grounds and gardens. 

Information within Woburn Abbey Gardens is provided via a number of panels located in different areas. For visitors with visual impairments, you may like to download our free audio tour and garden podcasts to an Mp3 player or mobile phone prior to your visit. Or why not visit on the first Saturday of the month for one of our Come and Grow events, and participate in a free guided tour with one of our RHS qualified gardeners. 

Blue Badge holders can purchase a ticket at a special concessionary rate for entry to Woburn Abbey Gardens and discounts for visitors with disabilities visiting as part of a pre-booked group are also available.


Facilities

The car park is located a short distance from the entrance to Woburn Abbey and Gardens, and a number of spaces closest to the gates are reserved for blue badge holders. There are toilets adapted for people with disabilities located in the Car Park area and close to the visitor entrance to Woburn Abbey. 

The Duchess' Tea Room and Duchess' Shop are wheelchair accessible and our staff are on hand in both areas should you require any additional assistance. 

If you have any further questions about the accessibility of Woburn Abbey and Gardens, our staff are available to advise on how we can meet your needs. Please contact us using the link below. 

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Events & Exhibitions

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VIP Carriage Tour and Alfresco Dining Experience

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Celebrate your special occasion with a Woburn Carriage Tour and your choice of brunch, lunch or Duchess Anna Maria Afternoon Tea in the Park.
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Humphry Repton: Art & Nature for the Duke of Bedford

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Open to the public between 5th April and 1st September 2019, this exhibition explores the fascinating relationship between Repton and one of his greatest clients.
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Summer Holiday Children's Activities

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There's plenty to keep younger visitors entertained at Woburn Abbey during the summer holidays, two trails, crafts and games!
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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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Two Centuries of Afternoon Tea at Woburn Abbey

Join us at the home of afternoon tea for this fascinating illustrated talk, with full afternoon tea included, which covers how tea drinking was first introduced into England, how it was popularised and how afternoon tea became a social institution. LIMITED AVAILABILITY
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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.
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Woburn Abbey Honey Festival

Join us in a celebration of everything honey, set against the stunning backdrop of Woburn Abbey and Gardens.
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NSPCC Luxury Gift Fair Evening Champagne Shopping Event

This exclusive evening Champagne shopping event will be hosted by Her Grace, The Duchess of Bedford. Browse over 50 stalls of inspiring gift ideas whilst enjoying a glass of Champagne and canapés.
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NSPCC Luxury Gift Fair

The NSPCC Luxury Gift Fair is an annual event and a highlight of the Woburn calendar.
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Woburn Abbey Garden Show 2020

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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.