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Brief description of site

Woburn Abbey is a country mansion surrounded by a medieval deer park and 18th-century landscape park, part of which is now used as wildlife park. There are formal and ornamental gardens adjacent to the Abbey, occupying about 17 hectares in area.

Brief history of site

Woburn Abbey, founded in 1145 on the site of the present house, was given in 1547 to Sir John Russell of Chenies. By 1661 a series of enclosed gardens had been laid out to the west of the house, within a park enclosing various areas of woodland. There were major developments of the landscape in the 18th and early 19th centuries. George London, Charles Bridgeman and Humphry Repton all worked at the site. The house and gardens opened to the public in 1955, followed by the safari park.

Location information:

Address: Woburn Abbey, Woburn, Bedfordshire, MK17 9WA

Locality: Bedfordshire

Local Authorities:

Central Bedfordshire; Woburn

Historical County: Bedfordshire

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 153 Grid Ref: SP965325
Latitude: 51.9826 Longitude: -0.596293


Off the A4012, south of M1 junction 13.

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

The grounds are open daily except 24, 25 and 26 December, 10am to 4.30pm.

Visitor information:

Visitor centre, parking, WCs, shop, refreshments, some disabled access.

Key information:

Form of site: landscape park

Purpose of site: Ornamental

Context or principal building: great house

Site Style : English landscape garden

Site first created: 1655 to 1661

Main period of development: 18th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 1200

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