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.
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.
View one of the most outstanding collections of art works on public display. These include:
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:
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 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.
Unfortunately there is no public transport to or from Woburn Abbey and Gardens.
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