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Woburn Town Information

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A small village with many listed buildings, Woburn is best known for its great house, Woburn Abbey, ancestral seat of the Dukes of Bedford. Woburn’s vast park - landscaped by Humphry Repton – has been transformed into Woburn Safari Park, a process that began with the 11th Duke who was determined to save the endangered Pere David’s deer. Following World War II, the 13th Duke opened his property to the public before creating the first drive-through wildlife park in Britain.

Woburn Abbey - Photo © Peter Roberts
Woburn Abbey - Photo: Peter Roberts CCL

Woburn Abbey was founded in 1145 but was granted to the Russell family by Henry VIII at the dissolution of the monasteries. The present house was rebuilt in the mid 18th century and contains a wealth of important paintings.

Near the village is Abbot’s Oak; it was from its branches that the Abbot of Woburn was hanged by Henry VIII.