Woburn Abbey - Evening Parkland Tour

August 02, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

 Woburn Abbey - Evening Parkland Tour 

 
Evening Parkland Tour | July 2016 at Woburn Abbey / Woburn 
 
Take a ride trough the beautiful parkland surrounding the historic Woburn Abbey. See the Deer Park as the evening comes in and take a journey to some of the historic sites at the Parkland, which are normally not open to visitors. 
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Woburn Abbey, near Woburn/Bedfordshire, England, is a country house and the seat of the Duke of Bedford. Woburn Abbey was originally founded as a Cistercian abbey in 1145. Taken from its monastic residents by Henry VIII and given to John Russell, 1st Earl of Bedford in 1547, it became the seat of the Russell Family and the Dukes of Bedford. The Abbey was largely rebuilt starting in 1744 by the architects Henry Flitcroft and Henry Holland for the 4th Duke.
Duchess Anna Maria, originated the afternoon tea ritual in 19th-century England.
The art collection of the Duke of Bedford, is amongst the finest in private hands, and encompasses a wide range of western artwork. The holdings, comprise some 250 paintings, including works by Rubens, Van Dyck, Canaletto (24 paintings (View of the Entrance to the Venetian Arsenal, c. 1732 - one of Canaletto's greatest works)) and Velasquez.
  
 
Our Tour started at 7pm, on a typical English Summers evening, so please don't expect to see stunning sunset photos. I am still waiting for the perfect summer sunset of 2016 since 2015 ....  But back to our tour.
We got welcomed by Martin Towsey, the Estate Garden Manager and after a health & safety advice, we all climbed in to the tractor, which was specially made for the Park Tours. We went down the hill, were we saw some of the Red and Peer David Deer grazing and were we viewed the site of a former ice rink (not active now). Woburn Abbey - Evening Garden TourWoburn Abbey - Evening Garden TourWoburn Abbey - Evening Garden Tour

Woburn Abbey, near Woburn/Bedfordshire, England, is a country house and the seat of the Duke of Bedford. Woburn Abbey was originally founded as a Cistercian abbey in 1145. Taken from its monastic residents by Henry VIII and given to John Russell, 1st Earl of Bedford in 1547, it became the seat of the Russell Family and the Dukes of Bedford. The Abbey was largely rebuilt starting in 1744 by the architects Henry Flitcroft and Henry Holland for the 4th Duke.
Duchess Anna Maria, originated the afternoon tea ritual in 19th-century England.
The art collection of the Duke of Bedford, is amongst the finest in private hands, and encompasses a wide range of western artwork. The holdings, comprise some 250 paintings, including works by Rubens, Van Dyck, Canaletto (24 paintings (View of the Entrance to the Venetian Arsenal, c. 1732 - one of Canaletto's greatest works)) and Velasquez.
Our next stop was at Park Farm, Bedford Estate Offices and the Stable Block. 
We learned about the history of Park Farm and what role it played in the history of farming and agriculture. 
Woburn Abbey - Evening Garden TourWoburn Abbey - Evening Garden TourWoburn Abbey - Evening Garden Tour

Woburn Abbey, near Woburn/Bedfordshire, England, is a country house and the seat of the Duke of Bedford. Woburn Abbey was originally founded as a Cistercian abbey in 1145. Taken from its monastic residents by Henry VIII and given to John Russell, 1st Earl of Bedford in 1547, it became the seat of the Russell Family and the Dukes of Bedford. The Abbey was largely rebuilt starting in 1744 by the architects Henry Flitcroft and Henry Holland for the 4th Duke.
Duchess Anna Maria, originated the afternoon tea ritual in 19th-century England.
The art collection of the Duke of Bedford, is amongst the finest in private hands, and encompasses a wide range of western artwork. The holdings, comprise some 250 paintings, including works by Rubens, Van Dyck, Canaletto (24 paintings (View of the Entrance to the Venetian Arsenal, c. 1732 - one of Canaletto's greatest works)) and Velasquez.
Next stop was at Paris House, a stunning example of Paladin Style Architecture. Build originally in 1878 as part of the Paris Expo, the 9th Duke fell in love with the building, he had it shipped piece by piece to Woburn, where it was rebuilt. Today it is home to the only Michelin Star Restaurant in Bedfordshire. 
The Paris House entrance is also the old entrance for visitors to get to the Abbey. Thanks to the landscape designs of Humphrey Repton and his Red Book, arriving at the Abbey was an exciting experience of landscape architecture and the beauty of nature, which made the the drive to the Abbey as one of the most beautiful rides at the time. 
Woburn Abbey - Evening Garden TourWoburn Abbey - Evening Garden TourWoburn Abbey - Evening Garden Tour

Woburn Abbey, near Woburn/Bedfordshire, England, is a country house and the seat of the Duke of Bedford. Woburn Abbey was originally founded as a Cistercian abbey in 1145. Taken from its monastic residents by Henry VIII and given to John Russell, 1st Earl of Bedford in 1547, it became the seat of the Russell Family and the Dukes of Bedford. The Abbey was largely rebuilt starting in 1744 by the architects Henry Flitcroft and Henry Holland for the 4th Duke.
Duchess Anna Maria, originated the afternoon tea ritual in 19th-century England.
The art collection of the Duke of Bedford, is amongst the finest in private hands, and encompasses a wide range of western artwork. The holdings, comprise some 250 paintings, including works by Rubens, Van Dyck, Canaletto (24 paintings (View of the Entrance to the Venetian Arsenal, c. 1732 - one of Canaletto's greatest works)) and Velasquez.
Our Transport :) and view to Woburn Abbey Woburn Abbey - Evening Garden TourWoburn Abbey - Evening Garden TourWoburn Abbey - Evening Garden Tour

Woburn Abbey, near Woburn/Bedfordshire, England, is a country house and the seat of the Duke of Bedford. Woburn Abbey was originally founded as a Cistercian abbey in 1145. Taken from its monastic residents by Henry VIII and given to John Russell, 1st Earl of Bedford in 1547, it became the seat of the Russell Family and the Dukes of Bedford. The Abbey was largely rebuilt starting in 1744 by the architects Henry Flitcroft and Henry Holland for the 4th Duke.
Duchess Anna Maria, originated the afternoon tea ritual in 19th-century England.
The art collection of the Duke of Bedford, is amongst the finest in private hands, and encompasses a wide range of western artwork. The holdings, comprise some 250 paintings, including works by Rubens, Van Dyck, Canaletto (24 paintings (View of the Entrance to the Venetian Arsenal, c. 1732 - one of Canaletto's greatest works)) and Velasquez.
The next Evening Parkland Tour will be on the 10th August. To book your place, just follow the link: 
 
 
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Just a couple of links:

Website:   http://www.woburnabbey.co.uk/gardens/

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/WoburnAbbeyAndGardens

Twitter:   https://twitter.com/woburngardeners

Events at Woburn:   http://www.woburnabbey.co.uk/events/

 

Woburn Abbey, near Woburn/Bedfordshire, England, is a country house and the seat of the Duke of Bedford. Woburn Abbey was originally founded as a Cistercian abbey in 1145. Taken from its monastic residents by Henry VIII and given to John Russell, 1st Earl of Bedford in 1547, it became the seat of the Russell Family and the Dukes of Bedford. The Abbey was largely rebuilt starting in 1744 by the architects Henry Flitcroft and Henry Holland for the 4th Duke.  
Duchess Anna Maria, originated the afternoon tea ritual in 19th-century England.
The art collection of the Duke of Bedford, is amongst the finest in private hands, and encompasses a wide range of western artwork. The holdings, comprise some 250 paintings, including works by Rubens, Van Dyck, Canaletto (24 paintings (View of the Entrance to the Venetian Arsenal, c. 1732 - one of Canaletto's greatest works)) and Velasquez.
 
 
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