The Duke and Duchess of Bedford have announced plans for a significant restoration project at Woburn Abbey, the biggest since it opened to the public in 1955.
The abbey will close to visitors on 1st September 2019 to undergo what’s been described as an ‘exciting transformation’.
The project will update the abbey as a visitor attraction, providing ‘first-class facilities’, including disabled access. Woburn Abbey and Gardens will re-open at Easter 2021.
According to the abbey, the closure will provide the opportunity to conserve the art collections so that they are preserved for future generations. It will also facilitate renewed interpretations of the stories associated with the art collections.
Lisa Weaver, groups co-ordinator for Woburn Abbey and Gardens, commented: “This is an exciting time for us and I do hope you will come and see the improvements with a view of bringing groups to us during 2021 and beyond.”
Ahead of the closure, groups still have plenty of time to enjoy the 2018/19 seasons at Woburn. A particular highlight for the year ahead is an exhibition that explores the relationship between Repton and one of his clients, The Duke of Bedford.
On public display for the first time will be his elaborate ‘Red Book’, his famous presentation document of proposed designs. The exhibition will run from 23rd March until 28th October.
A number of guided tours for groups can also be arranged at the abbey. Taking in the history of the building and the family who have lived there, plus the extensive collections.
Group booking information
Group discounts apply to parties of 12 or more and visits can be tailored to suit group requirements.
Woburn also offers a joint visit with Woburn Safari Park or Bletchley Park, out of hour’s experiences and free flow visits.
For more information visit www.woburnabbey.co.uk.