Woburn Abbey

Milton Keynes

Type:Abbey / Priory

Woburn Park, Woburn, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, MK17 9WA

Tel: +44 (0)1525 290333

Woburn Abbey


Woburn Abbey will undergo its biggest refurbishment since it first opened to the public in 1955 as the Duke and Duchess of Bedford announce plans for significant investment.

The historic family home will close to visitors on September 1st 2019, for around 18 months to undergo an exciting transformation. The project will update the Abbey as a visitor attraction, providing first-class facilities, including disabled access.

The major refurbishment of the Abbey will include the North and South Courts and result in improved presentation and facilities for the Sculpture Gallery. The closure provides the opportunity to conserve further the fabulous art collections, so that they are preserved for future generations, and to facilitate renewed interpretation of the fascinating stories associated with them.

The Duke of Bedford said;

‘The Bedford Estates have invested continually in the different areas of our businesses ever since my Grandfather first opened the Abbey in 1955. He created Woburn Safari Park, and my father then built the three championship golf courses at Woburn Golf Club. Now we are able to invest in the Abbey itself, to bring it up to date as a visitor attraction, and ensure its preservation for generations to come.’

The plans have been brought forward following extensive consultations with Historic England, Central-Bedfordshire District Council and numerous art experts, as well as the Abbey staff. Subject to planning approval being achieved in the coming months, it is hoped that works will start on 1st September 2019. This will necessitate the closure of the Abbey and Gardens from 1st September 2019 until Easter 2021.


Discover Woburn Enjoy a Safari Adventure at Woburn Safari Park and enjoy the beauty of wild animals in real close up!

A family experience and a full day out. Tour the reserves from the safety of your own car and experience the thrill of being alongside white rhino, buffalo, giraffe or looking into the chilly eyes of one of our Siberian tigers. The excitement continues on foot in our Leisure Park with indoor and outdoor adventure playgrounds, walkthrough areas with wallabies, squirrel monkeys and lemurs and a full programme of keeper talks and demonstrations (don’t miss the sealions or the penguins!)

All attractions are included in the entry price including the Great Woburn Railway and the Swanboats. There’s lots of fun all day long for all the family.

Set in a beautiful 3,000 acre deer park, Woburn Abbey has been the home of the Russell Family for nearly 400 years and is now occupied by the 15th Duke of Bedford and his family. Built on the site of a Cistercian Monastery founded in 1145, the Abbey was given to the 1st Earl of Bedford in the will of Henry VIII. The Abbey was rebuilt during the 17th century with further redesigning and rebuilding work completed by Henry Flitcroft and later Herny Holland in the 18th century. It houses one of the most important private art collections in the world including paintings by Gainsborough, Reynolds, Van Dyck and Cuyp.

Woburn Abbey is also the setting for the origin of “Afternoon Tea”, a social tradition introduced in the 1840’s by Anna Maria, wife of the 7th Duke, when she entertained her friends in the Blue Drawing Room. There are extensive informal gardens to stroll around, a fine Antiques Centre with 65 individual shops within a fascinating 18th century setting and the Flying Duchess Pavilion where refreshments and light meals are served.

Situated at the heart of the attractive Georgian village, The Inn at Woburn has been a welcome sight for nearly three centuries.  The hotel has been recently renovated and refurbished to maintain its character and charm, whilst ensuring its facilities meet the demands of today’s guest. Few hotels blend the traditions of the 18th century so effortlessly with modern comforts - a perfect base for a long weekend or well-earned break.

Book Tickets

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult - Abbey£13.50 per ticket
Child (3 - 15 yrs) Abbey£6.50 per ticket
Senior Citizens - Abbey£11.50 per ticket

Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.



  • On-Site cafe/restaurant
  • Picnic Site

Establishment Features

  • Event Venue

Parking & Transport

  • On site parking

Provider Preferences

  • In countryside
  • Indoor Attraction
  • Outdoor Attraction

Specialist Features

  • Marketed Towards Families


Map & Directions

Road Directions

From the M1 - Follow signs to Woburn Safari Park from the M1 junction 12 or 13. From the A5, follow signs to Woburn village. Woburn Safari Park is signposted from here.


  • Regional and Miscellaneous -Tourism South East Member 2019 Tourism South East Member 2019 2019

Opening Times

Opening Easter 2021 (3 Apr 2021 - 30 Sept 2021)

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