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Woburn Abbey and Gardens

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Address: 1/2 mile from the village, Woburn, England
Phone Number: 01525 290333
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Activities: Golfing
Description: Woburn Abbey has been the home of the Earls and Dukes of Bedford for...
Woburn Abbey has been the home of the Earls and Dukes of Bedford for nearly 400 years and is now home to the 15th Duke and his family. Alongside the world class collection of art, the house contains the fascinating stories of the people who have shaped the history of both the Abbey and the nation; including the ‘creation ‘ of Afternoon Tea. The Gardens, with a twenty year restoration programme, are of equal splendour with 28 acres of Repton designs to be explored and discovered.Throughout the year Woburn also hosts a series of events including: classic cars rallies, The Woburn Abbey Garden Show, summer theatre, the country fair, vintage airplane rally and autumn deer walks.
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Woburn Golf Club

All three Woburn golf courses are worth a visit. Try and grab a member for a reduced green fee. Oh, and forget a treat for the friendly fox on the Duke's course.

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 25, 2015
Chris B
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

All three Woburn golf courses are worth a visit. Try and grab a member for a reduced green fee. Oh, and forget a treat for the friendly fox on the Duke's course.

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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21 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

There is a lovely circular walk around Woburn Abbey, surrounded by deer. This walk is okay to do anytime of the year and is suitable for most age groups

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Brussels, Belgium
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

We came to Woburn expecting much and left completely flabbergasted. Having visited many of the great country houses before (Chatsworth, Blenheim, Burghley, Kedleston ...) we sort of knew what to expect. But if Woburn Abbey is not up to the same architectural merit as some of those grand names, it more than makes up for with its art collection. The... More 

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Herts
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

Attended wedding in the Sculpture Gallery for the day. Beautiful surroundings and the building is amazing. Lovely day, food was tasty and waitresses attentive. Drinks were reasonable.

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

The abbey (or stately home as it is now) is stunning and large. We spent 2 hours visiting all the rooms and speaking with the friendly and well-informed room guides. The gardens are absolutely stunning. The tea-room is fabulous and sensibly priced. Allow at least half a day for your visit.

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Went along with a friend expecting a relaxing, cultured, atmospheric evening but instead we were faced with huge queues of traffic, lots of children running about and touching all the sculptures, lots of mud and no contingency plan for this happening (cars getting stuck in mud for example). There was no atmosphere at all and I half expected a clown... More 

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Freya W, Event Coordinator at Woburn Abbey and Gardens, responded to this review

Thank you for your recent review, I am however sorry that you didn't enjoy our Luminaries Woburnensis event. Whilst there was queuing into the venue, given the uniqueness of this event and it only being a 5 hour event it was almost inevitable. The rain earlier in the week left the car park boggy in places, our contingency plan was... More 

Barnsley, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

Had a lovely experience in the Duchess Tea room. Was treated to afternoon tea which was lovely. The place was welcoming, the food great, staff friendly, all round a great service. The Abbey gardens were lovely to walk around in the afternoon sun after drinking my weight in tea. I would recommend the afternoon tea to everyone. If its not... More 

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Leighton Buzzard, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014 via mobile

Given the rather up market title of "Luminaries Woburnenisis", we expected something special, but this event was rather poor and well below the usual high standards of Woburn Abbey. Even on arrival, it took too long to park, and the car parks seemed rather inadequate for the numbers attending. The lights all rather poor, and uninspiring. The paths were badly... More 

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Emma_Woburn, Manager at Woburn Abbey and Gardens, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to post and to let us know your thoughts on our Luminaries Woburnensis event, we do appreciate all feedback received. I am sorry you felt the event didn't exceed our usual high standards. We do have a large car park that can cater for events, however we are planning to review the car parking... More 

Luton, England, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014 via mobile

Have just been to the above evening at Woburn Abbey after hearing about it when someone from the Abbey gave a talk at our local WI. It was such a disappointment.....signage was poor both getting to the place and actually in the attraction. ....non existent mostly. Attractions not good and very spaced out along very muddy paths....that said the website... More 

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Emma_Woburn, Manager at Woburn Abbey and Gardens, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to post and to let us know your thoughts on our Luminaries Woburnensis event, we do appreciate all feedback received. I am sorry that you felt the event was disappointing. This particular event takes our team of gardeners over two weeks to set up and we hire a huge amount of various lighting to... More 

Deanshanger, United Kingdom
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60 reviews 60 reviews
23 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

We enjoyed Woburn's lovely gardens. The Abbey itself is large and interesting, although one of the rooms was closed for a private event, and another area housed a seemingly half-finished exhibition, in a vast and largely empty room, with more than its' fair share of dead flies on the windowsills! We used Tesco vouchers which made our visit more affordable,... More 

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