Woburn Abbey in Bedfordshire is the ancestral home of the Duke and Duchess of Bedford.
Woburn Abbey has been the ancsestral home of the Dukes of Bedford for nearly 400 years. As such, it is steeped in a vast amount of history .
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The history of the Abbey dates back to 1145, and was originally a religious house for a group of Cistercian monks. Edward VI granted Woburn Abbey to Sir John Russell in 1547, but it did not become a family home until 1619. In 1747, the Fourth Duke commissioned Henry Flitcroft to rebuild the west range, including the grand series of state rooms. Then in 1802, under instruction from the 6th Duke, Humphry Repton was asked to landscape the park much as it appears today and his original sketches and plans are still kept at Woburn.
The 6th Duke was interested in gardening. One of the first commissions he gave when he inherited Woburn was to ask Humphry Repton to produce designs for improving the Pleasure Ground and the park. When the 6th Duke inherited Woburn he commissioned Humphry Repton (1752 - 1818), the famous landscape gardener, to produce designs for improving the gardens and park.
Today the tranquil Abbey Gardens are open for everyone to enjoy the brilliance of Repton. Make your way through approximately 30 acres of serene formal and natural garden environments, from manicured lawns and colourful flower beds to peaceful woodland glades and ponds teeming with life.
The Deer Park.
The Woburn Abbey Deer Park is 3,000 acres in size and is one of the largest private conservation parks in Europe, surrounded by a seven mile long wall. Take in the scenery as you drive through on your way to Woburn Abbey and the Abbey Gardens, there are also public footpaths across the Deer Park which can be joined from Woburn village or from the Woburn Abbey car park (entry charge applies).
The Safari Park.
Woburn Safari Park is an action packed day for all the family. From the Road Safari where you can go round as many times as you like to the Foot Safari where you can mingle with the animals, grab lunch before watching the keeper demonstrations. Our staff are here to help you so please do ask them for information during your visit. They know all the animals' personalities and can give you insights into their working day.
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. Woburn Abbey has been the home of the Dukes of Bedford for nearly 400 years. As such, it is steeped in a vast amount of history.
Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015