With the combination of stunning countryside and close proximity to the capital, it's no surprise that the county of Bedfordshire has been an attractive place for travellers for many hundreds of years. The county is peppered with fascinating historical attractions, from churches to museums, but there are few as outstanding as Woburn Abbey. Surrounded by fabulous hotels, the Abbey makes a wonderful addition to your holiday itinerary.
Woburn Abbey is a spectacular country home, located in central Bedfordshire. While the estate still serves as the family seat of the Duke of Bedford, the property is open to the public on specified days.
The house started life as a Cistercian Abbey way back in 1145. In the Tudor era, Henry VIII took the site from the hands of the monks at the Abbey (as he was wont to do!), and gifted it instead to the 1st Earl of Bedford.
The building as it stands today was largely built around 1744, with some major rebuilding works taking place after World War II. The country house features an art gallery, tea room and ample space for weddings.
Also on the Woburn Estate
In the latter part of the 20th Century, the owners of Woburn Abbey took it upon themselves to extend the estate into a large-scale tourist attraction. This involved the development of some breath-taking landscaped gardens, a deer park, a garden centre and even a Safari Park.
Hotels near Woburn Abbey
Woburn Abbey lies in the very heart of the county, meaning visitors have easy access to it from all the finest hotels in Bedfordshire. Whether you opt for an affordable guesthouse in the centre of Bedford, or an opulent spa hotel in the countryside, a visit to the Abbey is always on the cards.
Woburn Abbey is a grand place, and makes an ideal addition to any decadent break. Those seeking a similar touch of luxury in their own holiday dwellings can head for the nearby Hallmark Hotel Flitwick Manor.
If value and convenience are more your style then take your pick from the handful of well-known brand hotels around the county. The Park Inn by Radisson is a popular choice in the heart of Bedford.