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Woburn Abbey and Gardens



MK17 9WA

51.248766, 0.630642


01525 290333

01525 290333

Woburn Abbey Overview

Welcome to Woburn Abbey which has been the Russell’s family home since the early 17th Century, and is today home to the 15th Duke and Duchess of Bedford and their family. We hope you will enjoy exploring the beauty and history of The Abbey and its treasures.  There is always something new happening in the house as we discover more about its history, so join us and be part of Woburn’s ongoing story.

400 years of history

The Abbey has been the home of the Earls and Dukes of Bedford, one of England's most powerful families, since the 1620's.  Russell family members have included Prime Ministers, Ambassadors, Lord High Admirals and philosophers over the centuries and provide a direct link to the events of the past that shaped the England of today.  Woburn Abbey first opened to the public in 1955 and has welcomed visitors from all over the globe.

Over 250 works of art

View one of the most outstanding collections of art works on public display. These include:

  • The largest private collection of Venetian views painted by Canaletto on public view
  • The Armada Portrait of Queen Elizabeth I
  • Artists such as Gainsborough, Rembrandt, Reynolds, and Van Dyck
  • Artworks by Queen Victoria and Richard Stone

22 Rooms To Discover

As you explore the many individual rooms of Woburn Abbey, you will also discover 18th Century French and English furniture, magnificent silver and gold collections, and a marvellous range of porcelain and many privately collected items treasured by generations of the Russell family. Special highlights include:

  • The unique Grotto which dates from the 1630s
  • The State Apartments with original 18th century architecture
  • The Holland Library which is one of the largest private libraries with an extensive collection of natural history books
  • Underground vaults housing the family's gold and silver collection
  • The Chinese Room with its decorative wallpaper

At The Heart of an English Palladian Home

These captivating rooms and fascinating antiques show a personal side to a public family that has been instrumental in many significant periods of English history.   The Abbey has been at the centre of social and political history which includes tales of political reform, Royal State visits, imprisonment, beheading, grand tours, love affairs and more. Famous house guests have included monarchs, politicians, leading naturalists, famous designers, architects and adventurers.

Woburn Abbey Location

By Road

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.

By Train

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 Bus/Coach

Unfortunately there is no public transport to or from Woburn Abbey and Gardens.

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