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Overview

Set in a beautiful 3,000 acre deer park, with 10 species of deer roaming free, Woburn Abbey has been the home of the Dukes of Bedford for nearly 400 years. Today it is occupied by the 15th Duke and his family. 

Woburn was set out and founded as a Cistercian abbey in 1145. Taken from its monastic residents by Henry VIII and given to John Russell, 1st Earl of Bedford, in 1547, it became the seat of the Russell family and the Dukes of Bedford. The Abbey was largely rebuilt starting in 1744 by the architects Henry Flitcroft and Henry Holland for the 4th Duke.

The Abbey lies at the heart of an Estate whose activities are many and varied. Woburn is a special place full of history, ancient tales and beautiful objects. 
 


Opening
Opening

2019

Abbey, gardens and grounds: 5 April to 1 September: every day, 11am-5pm (last admission 4pm); gardens 10am to 5pm.

Find Us
Find us

Woburn Abbey is conveniently located approximately 10 minutes drive from the M1 motorway. If you are using a SatNav, please enter the postcode: MK17 9WA. There is plenty of parking for cars and coaches in our car park adjacent to the Abbey and Gardens.

The most convenient train station for Woburn Abbey is at Flitwick, where there is a taxi rank. Unfortunately there is no public transport to or from Woburn Abbey and Gardens. 

By car. When you enter Woburn village, follow the sign to the Abbey down Park Road. You will pass between two gateposts with lions on top. After a couple of minutes you will cross a cattle grid. Turn right immediately after this. You are now on the entrance road to Woburn Abbey, Gardens and Deer Park.

Parking

Car park on site

  • Free

Admission
Admission

Historic Houses members visit for free.

For non-members we offer a variety of ticket options for every day out, whether you want to take the whole day to explore Woburn Abbey and Gardens, a joint ticket with Woburn Safari Park or simply wish to take a stroll through the beautiful Deer Park. 

More admission details

Accessibility
Accessibility
  • Accessible toilets
  • Access statement available
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
  • Accessible parking
Group Visits
Group Visits

Groups of 12 or more visitors can get discounted entry to Woburn Abbey and Gardens when booked in advance. Whether you're interested in beautiful stately homes, art, history or gardens, there is something for everyone in your party to enjoy.

Our knowledgeable staff will ensure you have a great day out, with guided tours available on request. Enjoy refreshments in The Duchess' Tearoom and then browse our shop for that special souvenir of your visit. 

We offer free admission for a pre-visit recce for group organisers, as well as a number of other benefits. 

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A word from the owner

Welcome to Woburn Abbey which has been the Russell’s family home since the early 17th-century, and ours since December 2002. We hope you will enjoy exploring the beauty and history of The Abbey and its treasures, collected by our ancestors, who were as passionate as we are to share this experience with you. There is always something new happening in the house as we discover more about its history,
Andrew and Louise Bedford

Fun Facts
 Anna Russell, Duchess of Bedford, originated the afternoon tea ritual in 19th-century England.

The Sculpture Gallery


Weddings

Set in the 3,000 acre deer park, the Woburn Estate offers a stunning backdrop for weddings all year round.

The Sculpture Gallery, which can host your civil ceremony as well as your reception, has its own private gardens overlooking the Camellia Lake and can accommodate parties of up to 250 guests. The private gardens, along with the Camellia House in inclement weather, provide the perfect setting for your wedding photography. 

Every wedding at Woburn is unique. Each day is bespoke and planned around your wishes, with the support of a dedicated wedding planner. In addition to the Sculpture Gallery, The Woburn Estate has a further two wedding venues licensed for civil wedding ceremonies. From the fun and quirky Safari Lodge at Woburn Safari Park to The Woburn Hotel, for small intimate gatherings, we can provide you with the flexibility and experience to help you plan and organise the day of your dreams.


Corporate Hire

Corporate events

From small meetings to the most lavish of conferences or product launches, The Sculpture Gallery at Woburn Abbey provides you with a stunning and versatile event space and can be combined with other flexible locations across The Woburn Estate to meet your requirements. Our truly professional, accommodating staff will make sure your event at Woburn is an unforgettable experience that makes just the right impression. In addition to our own team of professionals, we also have a list of recommended specialist caterers for different types of event, ensuring that the catering at your event will be to the highest of standards. 

Accommodating up to 250 theatre style, The Sculpture Gallery at Woburn Abbey has two further adjoining rooms available as break out facilities or smaller meeting space, providing event organisers and clients with additional flexibility.


School Visits