The historic Woburn Estate encompasses:
Woburn Abbey and Gardens
Woburn Abbey first opened to the public in 1955 and has welcomed visitors from all over the globe ever since. The 22 rooms that visitors can explore, house one of the most significant private art collections in the world. Visitors will also discover 18th Century French and English furniture, magnificent silver and gold collections, a range of porcelain and many privately collected items treasured by generations of the Russell family.
Set within 3,000 acres of Deer Park, home to nine free roaming species of deer, The Abbey’s captivating rooms and fascinating antiques show a personal side to a public family that has been instrumental in many significant periods of English history.
Visitors can also explore 28 acres of Humphry Repton inspired gardens. Developed by our dedicated Gardens team, the award winning Woburn Abbey Gardens offer visitors, everything from flower beds bursting with colour around neat, green lawns through to ponds and woodland areas that help to preserve local biodiversity. Highlights include the bog garden, designed in the 21st century to make use of a boggy patch and historic features, such as the romantic Doric Temple and Wyattville Seat.
Woburn Safari Park
Opened in 1970, Woburn Safari Park is one of the UK’s oldest wild animal parks and has over 1,000 wild animals roaming in more than 300 acres of beautiful parkland.
Established by the 13th Duke of Bedford, the park has a long history of species conservation dating back more than 100 years. Today, Woburn Safari Park is internationally recognised as a centre of excellence for the conservation of endangered wildlife and houses probably the biggest concentration of critically endangered African ungulates (hoofed mammals) on Earth.
Woburn Safari Park is a member of and contributor to the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA) and the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA).
Woburn Golf Club
Woburn Golf Club has three tournament hosting golf courses, namely the Duke’s, Duchess’ and Marquess’ courses.
Since hosting the Dunlop British Masters in 1979, more than fifty professional tournaments have been played over the three courses at Woburn. The role of honour at Woburn Golf Club reads like a who’s who of world golf. Seven former winners are members of the World Golf Hall of Fame: Seve Ballesteros, Nick Faldo, Sandy Lyle, Greg Norman, Patty Sheehan, Lee Trevino, Karrie Webb, plus major winners Laura Davies and Ian Woosnam.
In 2005 the Seniors Open Amateur Championship was staged on the Duke’s and Duchess’ courses and in 2011 the English Amateur Championship was staged on the Duchess’ and Marquess’ courses. In 2014, Woburn Golf Club was one of four venues used to host final qualifying for The Open Championship.
The Bedford Estates
The Woburn Estate forms part of The Bedford Estates, which also includes property holdings in Bloomsbury, London WC1.
The Bedford Estates also includes farming and forestry interests, property holdings in Woburn, a picturesque Georgian village on the boundaries of the Estate and its surrounding areas.