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Woburn Abbey and Gardens
Ranked #1 of 6 things to do in Woburn
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed May 26, 2013 via mobile

We were annual pass holders and their passes have doubled in price this year!

This is ludicrous as it actually prevents people from coming to a beautiful area of the world.

Their restaurant/ cafe in the gardens has a terrible choice if food, if you are lucky enough to have any that is, as their stocks are always so low.

There is hardly any choice and its the same stale food each time we go.

The prices are horrendous for the quality they provide.
You would expect a full array of food with excellent choice at a place such as Woburn but thus is not the case.
It has one of the worst choices of food I have ever come across in a Stately home.

Thank Zakariya7
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Reviewed May 21, 2013 via mobile

I went for a look at the gardens with my parents, was all very pleasant and pretty but I personally thought it was a little pricey, we went when there was nothing specific on so were able to wander freely all over the place

Thank skyestorm
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Reviewed May 20, 2013

We have so much history in Britain and I learned so much about Bedford and the history. The house and gardens are fantastic and in such wonderful grounds.

Thank DawnQuorn
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Reviewed May 20, 2013

We decided to go for a walk around the deer park as we have a annual pass for the local Safari park and understood this to part of the price. It's a bit difficult to describe unless you have been there, but the layout for walkers is a complete nonsense. It forces you to use a couple of very specific and not well sign-posted or laid out paths across open fields which have no logical loop except one of about 4 miles.

We were with our young 5 year old, who after about two miles was a bit fed up and wanted to be carried. As we were only 500 years from the car park (across an open field), we decided to walk back directly alongside what is the entrance road (a small gravel track with a car every 5-10 minutes) with open verges into fields either side which you can walk along. We came to a wide bridge, which has pedestrian paths either side, but for some reason there are signs stating that we were not allowed to be use it (although cyclists could). Given the alternative route was a mile walk back around a lake simply to reach the other side of of this 20 yard bridge we crossed anyway.

On crossing this bridge we were confronted by a guy whose sole job appeared to be making sure nobody "strays" from the badly signed paths. He said we needed to get "special clearance". He didn't say it was dangerous, just that it wasn't allowed (bikes can travel over the bridge). There is no logical purpose for preventing pedestrians from using this pathway (he certainly offered non) and I am not a fan being told to do something for no reason other than just because it says so. It's quite clear that this guy just sits there all day to prevent people walking 50 yards across an specific area.

It left a real sour taste in the mouth and appears to symptomatic of the lack of hospitality and customer awareness of these kind of attractions. They should:

a) Make the pathways clearer and more logical for people to walk around.
b) Reduce the cost of entrance by getting rid of the staff whose current job appears to prevent people enjoying the park.

3  Thank James G
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Reviewed May 7, 2013

This is worth including on a weekend's outing. All very pleasant apart from the very slow moving queue in the tea room (it took 30 minutes to queue for an expensive afternoon tea)...it was a bank holiday but there was not a system amongst the staff to cope. House and gardens are worth a visit and the history there is quite something. Don't miss the famous Armada Portrait.
The Armada Portrait of Elizabeth I of England is the name of any of three surviving versions of an allegorical panel painting depicting the Tudor queen surrounded by symbols of imperial majesty against a backdrop representing the defeat of the Spanish Armada in 1588.

Thank pelham_11
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