Woburn Abbey and Gardens

Woburn Abbey and Gardens
Woburn Park
Woburn
Bedfordshire
MK17 9WA
England

Website

www.woburnabbey.co.uk

E-mail

admissions@woburn.co.uk

Telephone

01525 290666

Fax

01525 290271

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Woburn Abbey and Gardens
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Woburn Abbey first opened to the public in 1955 and has welcomed visitors from all over the globe. There are 22 rooms that you can experience, which house one of the most significant private art collections in the world.

The many individual rooms of Woburn Abbey, house 18th Century French and English furniture, magnificent silver and gold collections, a marvellous range of porcelain and many items treasured by generations of the Russell family.

Over 28 acres of gardens, inspired by the designs of landscape gardener, Humphry Repton and developed by our dedicated gardens team. With everything from flower beds blooming with colour around neat, green lawns through to our ponds and woodland areas that help to preserve local biodiversity.

Venue Type:

Garden, parklands or rural site, Heritage site, Historic house or home

Opening hours

WOBURN ABBEY

Closed 4th November 2013 to 10th April 2014

11th April to 28th September 2014
Open 11am to 5pm daily, last entry at 4pm


GARDENS, GROUNDS AND DEER PARK

4th November 2013 to 10th April 2014
Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday only, 10am to dusk or 5pm, whichever earlier, last entry at 4pm

Closed 24th to 26th December 2013
Open 1st and 2nd January 2014 (weather dependent)

11th April to 2nd November 2014
Open 10am daily with last entry at 5pm, closes 6pm

Admission charges

Please see our website at www.woburnabbey.co.uk for more information on admission prices and to book.

Discounts

  • English Heritage
Getting there

Follow brown signs from Junctions 12 and 13 on the M1, A421 or A5.

Collection details

Agriculture, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Social History, Archives, Coins and Medals, Architecture, Costume and Textiles, Design, Photography, Personalities, Literature

Key artists and exhibits

  • The Armada Portrait
  • Canaletto
  • Sevres Porcelain
  • Rembrandt
  • Gainsborough
  • Van Dyck
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Soldiers and Nurses at Woburn Abbey

Valiant Hearts: World War I - Woburn and its Stories

  • 11 April — 28 September 2014 *on now

Marking the centenary of The Great War, this exhibition explores the roles played by the 11th Duke and Duchess, the Abbey and the people surrounding it. The Duke established and paid for a training garrison whilst the Duchess converted parts of the Abbey to create one of the most advanced hospitals of the time to treat wounded soldiers. Examine the artefacts, photographs and archive materials which tell the unique and moving stories of men and women from the area during WWI.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Included in admission ticket to Woburn Abbey or Woburn Abbey Gardens. Please see our website at www.woburnabbey.co.uk for more information.

Website

http://www.woburnabbey.co.uk/valianthearts

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
photograph of a bee

Bee Walk

  • 27 July 2014 10am-5pm

Bees visit flowers to collect nectar and pollen, which they use as food for themselves and their larvae. By moving from flower to flower, they are important pollinators.

On the 27th July, there will be a chance to see how Woburn Abbey Gardens' vast Long Borders provide an array of flowering plants that attract many types of bee.

During the Bee Walk you will learn how to attract bees to your garden. By the end of the session you will be able to identify the different types of bee and understand their characteristics.

Times TBC, please contact venue for further information.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adult £8.00, Senior £7.00, Child £5.00.

Website

http://www.woburnabbey.co.uk/events/gardening/bee-walk/

photograph of plant potting

Come and Grow: Pruning and Propagating Herbs

  • 2 August 2014 10:30-11:45am, 2-4pm
  • 3 August 2014 10:30-11:45am, 2-4pm

Each month during 2014 you will have the opportunity to observe the Woburn Abbey Gardens team hard at work as they take on tasks to prepare the gardens for the changing seasons. In August they will be pruning wisteria and propagating herbs.

Included in your Woburn Abbey Gardens admission, our RHS qualified gardeners will cover a different subject each month. Feel free to ask them any questions relating to your gardening conundrums. Don't miss out on a free guided tour with one of our expert tour guides.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Included in admission price.

Website

http://www.woburnabbey.co.uk/events/gardening/come-and-grow-august/

Photograph showing fields on a sunny day

Come and Grow: Lawn Care, Pruning and Composting

  • 6 September 2014 10:30-11:45am, 2-4pm
  • 7 September 2014 10:30-11:45am, 2-4pm

Throughout 2014 you will have the opportunity to observe the Woburn Abbey Gardens team hard at work as they take on tasks to prepare the gardens throughout the changing seasons.

Included in your Woburn Abbey Gardens admission, our RHS qualified gardeners will cover a different subject will be covered each month. Feel free to ask them and questions relating to your gardening conundrums.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Included in your standard Gardens admission price.

Website

http://www.woburnabbey.co.uk/events/gardening/come-and-grow-september/

People running

Tri For Life

  • 7 September 2014 9am-6pm

We're pleased to be welcoming Tri For Life back to Woburn Abbey in 2014.

As at the event in previous years, there will be something for the entire family, with three different triathlon distances and a 10k run for adults as well as the duathlon and scootathlon for children. Bring your family and friends to the event and they willl be able to watch you taking part, as well as have their face painted, spin round the free funfair or explore the Abbey, Gardens and Deer Park.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Register and fees at www.triforlife.co.uk.

Website

http://www.woburnabbey.co.uk/events/charitable/triforlife/

photograph of cherry blossom

Introduction to Horticulture: Planning Your Garden

  • 17 September 2014 10am-5pm

In this session learn how to identify different types of plant and the situations that suit them. Draw up your own scale plan for a border.

These sessions are designed to give you a range of horticultural skills and enable you to get hands on with plant material to gain the confidence with your own trees, plants, shrubs and all areas of garden maintenance. The perfect introduction if you are not sure where, when or how to get started in your own garden.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£45.00 per person per session - discounts for booking 2 or more study days.

Website

http://www.woburnabbey.co.uk/events/gardening/introduction-to-horticulture-study-days/

Flowers

Introduction to Horticulture: Planting your Garden

  • 24 September 2014 10am-5pm

Discover the horticultural skills needed to prepare a site. Try planting to a site plan with correct spacing and positioning.

These sessions are designed to give you a range of horticultural skills and enable you to get hands on with plant material to gain the confidence with your own trees, plants, shrubs and all areas of garden maintenance. The perfect introduction if you are not sure where, when or how to get started in your own garden.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£45.00 per person per session - discounts for booking 2 or more study days.

Website

http://www.woburnabbey.co.uk/events/gardening/introduction-to-horticulture-study-days/

Bats

Bat Walk

  • 26 — 27 September 2014 6-9pm

Using bat detectors, you will learn to listen and identify the echo location signals bats use to navigate and hunt. Please bring a torch, warm clothing and appropriate footwear (hot beverage provided).

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

Adult £8.00. Senior £7.00. Child £5.00.

Website

http://www.woburnabbey.co.uk/events/seasonal/bat-walk/

Rhododendron Blooms

Introduction to Horticulture: Pruning and Propagation

  • 1 October 2014 10am-5pm

Explore basic pruning, pruning for shape and technical pruning skills and investigate various propagation techniques.

These sessions are designed to give you a range of horticultural skills and enable you to get hands on with plant material to gain the confidence with your own trees, plants, shrubs and all areas of garden maintenance. The perfect introduction if you are not sure where, when or how to get started in your own garden.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£45.00 per person per session - discounts for booking 2 or more study days.

Website

http://www.woburnabbey.co.uk/events/gardening/introduction-to-horticulture-study-days/

photograph of deer

Off Road Deer Park Tour

  • 4 October 2014 9-10:30am, 12-1:30pm, 3-4:30pm
  • 5 October 2014 9-10:30am, 12-1:30pm, 3-4:30pm
  • 11 October 2014 9-10:30am, 12-1:30pm, 3-4:30pm
  • 12 October 2014 9-10:30am, 12-1:30pm, 3-4:30pm

In groups of up to 8 people, you will be guided by one of our experienced and entertaining deer keepers, who will tell you more about these deer, their habitat and behaviours whilst taking you off-road across the Deer Park.

October is also the breeding season for many species, with dramatic clashes between stags to win dominant control of their herds. For you to encounter these magnificent animals as close up as possible, the deer keepers will take you into areas of the deer park closed to the public. This is the perfect opportunity for keen photographers to take the ultimate picture.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£25.00 per person. To find out more and to reserve your place telephone: 01525 290333.

Website

http://www.woburnabbey.co.uk/events/deer-park/off-road-deer-park-tour-%281%29/

photograph of wheelbarrow

Come and Grow: Bulb and Tree Planting

  • 4 October 2014 10:30-11:45am, 2-4pm
  • 5 October 2014 10:30-11:45am, 2-4pm

Throughout 2014 you will have the opportunity to observe the Woburn Abbey Gardens team hard at work as they take on tasks to prepare the gardens throughout the changing seasons.

Included in your Woburn Abbey Gardens admission, our RHS qualified gardeners will cover a different subject each month. Feel free to ask them and questions relating to your gardening conundrums. This month they will be bulb and tree planting in the gardens.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Included in your standard Gardens admission price. No booking required.

Website

http://www.woburnabbey.co.uk/events/gardening/come-and-grow-october/

photograph of compost heap

Introduction to Horticulture: Composting

  • 8 October 2014 10am-5pm

Our gardeners will guide you through the process of making a leaf mould and discuss techniques you can use at home.

These sessions are designed to give you a range of horticultural skills and enable you to get hands on with plant material to gain the confidence with your own trees, plants, shrubs and all areas of garden maintenance. The perfect introduction if you are not sure where, when or how to get started in your own garden.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£45.00 per person per session - discounts for booking 2 or more study days.

Website

http://www.woburnabbey.co.uk/events/gardening/introduction-to-horticulture-study-days/

photograph of forest

Autumn Garden Lunch and Tour

  • 9 October 2014 12-3pm

Join us for a 2 course seasonal lunch with coffee and a private guided tour of the Woburn Abbey Gardens.

When the 6th Duke of Bedford inherited Woburn he commissioned Humphry Repton (1752 – 1818), the famous landscape gardener to create designs for enhancing the gardens and deer park. Over 200 years later this event provides a wonderful opportunity to experience the gardens and learn all about their amazing history.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

£29.95 per person. To book or for further information, please telephone our sales team on 01525 292172 or email sales@woburn.co.uk.

Website

http://www.woburnabbey.co.uk/events/gardening/autumn-garden-lunch-and-tour/

photograph of acorns

Introduction to Horticulture: Trees and Shrubs

  • 15 October 2014 10am-5pm

Find out about the different requirements of a variety of trees and shrubs. Discover which would best suit your garden.

These sessions are designed to give you a range of horticultural skills and enable you to get hands on with plant material to gain the confidence with your own trees, plants, shrubs and all areas of garden maintenance. The perfect introduction if you are not sure where, when or how to get started in your own garden.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£45.00 per person per session - discounts for booking 2 or more study days.

Website

http://www.woburnabbey.co.uk/events/gardening/introduction-to-horticulture-study-days/

photograph of woburn abbey sculpture gallery

Study Day: Humphry Repton at Woburn Abbey

  • 16 October 2014 10am-4pm

In 1802 the 6th Duke of Bedford commissioned landscape gardener Humphry Repton to design and enhance the gardens. On this study day, take an in-depth look at Humphry Repton’s career, what made him such a remarkable and visionary landscape gardener, his techniques and processes and the creations he conceived. An exploratory guided walk through the gardens and deer park will reveal how Repton’s designs were implemented, how they have fared throughout the centuries and the restoration and recreation projects happening today.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

£45.00 per person. For further details and to book your place telephone 01525 290333 or email studydays@woburn.co.uk.

Website

http://www.woburnabbey.co.uk/events/gardening/study-day-humphry-repton-at-woburn-abbey/

photograph of lavender

Come and Grow: Herbaceous Borders and Turf

  • 1 November 2014 10:30-11:45am, 2-4pm
  • 2 November 2014 10:30-11:45am, 2-4pm

Each month during 2014 you will have the opportunity to observe the Woburn Abbey Gardens team hard at work as they take on tasks to prepare the gardens for the changing seasons. In November they will be preparing herbaceous borders and turf lifting.

Included in your Woburn Abbey Gardens admission, our RHS qualified gardeners will cover a different subject each month. Feel free to ask them any questions relating to your gardening conundrums. Don't miss out on a free guided tour with one of our expert tour guides.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Included in your standard Gardens admission price. No booking required.

Website

http://www.woburnabbey.co.uk/events/gardening/come-and-grow-november/

Getting there

Follow brown signs from Junctions 12 and 13 on the M1, A421 or A5.

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