Woburn Abbey and Gardens – REFURBISHMENT UPDATE

Increased Works Mean Reopening Delayed Until 2022 and The Gardeners’ Garden Show is Postponed

Published on: 14/10/20, 9:00 am


Woburn Abbey and Gardens is undergoing its biggest refurbishment since it was first opened to the public in 1955.  The historic family home and award winning gardens are currently closed to visitors to undergo an exciting transformation project that will update Woburn Abbey and Gardens as a visitor attraction. 

The refurbishment project is well underway despite the impact of Covid-19 on progress and the many inevitable new discoveries and complications that have come to light.  Increased works have meant that the anticipated reopening of Woburn Abbey and Gardens will now take place in spring 2022, not 2021 as previously communicated.  The extended works also mean that Woburn Abbey Garden show held in June each year has also been postponed; the next Woburn Abbey Garden Show will take place on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th June 2022.

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Much exciting work has already taken place in the Abbey such as the restoration of the architectural stonework in the basement, the reinstatement and refurbishments of internal and external windows, alteration works associated with the introduction of the new platform lift and the construction of the new entrance kiosk. Work has also continued on the re-construction of the South Screen Wall.

Some of the highlights of the Abbey’s conservation programme include work to 50 paintings, five large sculptures, three tapestries, three large sets of seat furniture, 11 clocks, four chandeliers and over 70 individual items of porcelain. Many more exciting conservation projects are underway or planned.   

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Meanwhile, many of Woburn’s treasures are on view at the Queen’s House, Greenwich.  Featuring works by Van Dyck, Reynolds, Gainsborough and Canaletto, this is the first time in over 70 years that pieces from Woburn's world famous private collection have been on public display in a national museum. The artworks hang alongside significant works from the renowned national collection of Royal Museums Greenwich.


Woburn Abbey and Gardens has been recognised as a 2020 Travelers’ Choice award-winner for Best Visitor Attraction. Based on a full year of Tripadvisor reviews, prior to any changes caused by the pandemic, award winners are known for consistently receiving great visitor feedback, placing them in the top 10% of hospitality businesses around the globe. 

“Winners of the 2020 Travelers’ Choice Awards should be proud of this distinguished recognition,said Kanika Soni, Chief Commercial Officer at Tripadvisor. “Although it’s been a challenging year for travel and hospitality, we want to celebrate our partners' achievements. Award winners are beloved for their exceptional service and quality. Not only are these winners well deserving, they are also a great source of inspiration for visitors as the world begins to venture out again.”


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