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Woburn Abbey and Gardens

Muddy says: Not only is this historic property the home of afternoon tea (need we say more?), there’s loads to see and do here too, from exploring the hidden treasures inside the house to the extensive grounds outside.


This grand Palladian house has a rich 500 year history and is still a family home to the Duke and Duchess of Bedford today – lucky them! There’s loads to see and do here, from driving around the massive 3,000 acre deer park, where you can try and spot some of the nine species of deer living there, to exploring the 22 fabulous rooms in the house and admiring the 28 acres of landscaped gardens.

Inside the house you’ll find a rather impressive art collection, including Rembrandts, Van Dycks and the largest public collection of Canaletto’s Venice paintings, as well as fine English and French antique furniture. Explore the State Rooms, the Holland Library, the Chinese Room, and a unique grotto dating back to 1630. If only walls could talk…

The award-winning Repton-designed gardens feature woodland glades, a Kitchen Garden, ponds and architectural features, like the Chinese Dairy and Camellia House, plus there’s a maze and a folly to keep the kids amused.

We can also thank Woburn Abbey for giving us the custom of afternoon tea. Former resident Duchess Anna Maria is believed to have popularised it in the 1840s and now there’s a tea room named after her where you can indulge scones and finger sandwiches  – it would be rude not to really…

Open from 5 April 2019.

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