Places to Visit
(35 minutes from Stotfold)
Woburn Park, Bedfordshire MK17 9WA
Woburn Abbey Website
Touring the Abbey covers three floors, including the vaults, with 18th Century French and English furniture, silver and gold collections and a wide range of porcelain on display. In particular the Abbey is celebrated for housing one of the most important private art collections in the world, including paintings by Cuyp, Gainsborough, Reynolds, Van Dyck and Canaletto.
The deer park is home to ten species of deer, the Red Deer and Fallow Deer, which are native to Britain and eight other species, which originally came from Asia. The largest herd of Pere David Deer in the UK can be seen here. Originally from China, this species was saved from extinction at Woburn in the 1880s by the 11th Duke of Bedford. In 1985 22 deer were reintroduced back to their native land.
The Abbey Gardens are open for everyone to enjoy the brilliance of Humphry Repton. Make your way through approximately 30 acres of serene formal and natural garden environments: from manicured lawns and colourful flowerbeds to peaceful woodland glades and ponds teeming with life.