5 Reasons to Visit Woburn
Written by Erica Roffe | www.explorebedford.co.uk
Despite being recorded as a Saxon hamlet in 969, much of Woburn was destroyed by a fire in 1724, so the town was rebuilt in the grand Georgian style as it remains to this day.
Woburn is home to the 15th Duke and Duchess of Bedford and we can highly recommend visiting whether you are interested in culture, heritage, walking, eating – or all of the above!
On the plate
Woburn is home to many eateries, but if you’re looking for something extra special, we highly recommend the award-winning Paris House. Set in the 22 acre deer park of the Woburn estate, Paris House’s owner and executive chef, Phil Fanning, has created a menu that befits its uniquely spectacular location. Book your table at parishouse.co.uk
Step inside the family home of the Duke and Duchess of Bedford and explore nearly 500 years of one family’s history. There are 24 rooms to explore, each with its own story to tell. Discover a fascinating art collection, a treasury of silver, porcelain and fine English and French furniture. The gardens cover over 28 acres and were inspired by the designs of landscape gardener, Humphrey Repton. With ponds, woodlands and formal gardens, there’s something new to discover around every corner and with each changing season. The estate is also home to the Woburn Hotel so you can indulge in a night of pure luxury. Visit woburn.co.uk
Into the wild
Woburn Safari Park guarantees a fun-packed day packed with animal encounters and wonderful wildlife. With over 80 species of animals including lions, tigers and bears, the award-winning park makes a valuable contribution to conservation. Your day out includes unlimited repeat circuits of the Road Safari drive through animal reserves, followed by adventures in the Foot Safari with a fantastic daily programme of keeper talks and demonstrations. Most of the leisure activities at Woburn Safari Park are included in your ticket price. Book your ticket at woburnsafari.co.uk
Wonder & wander
There are many beautiful circular walks around Woburn. For inspiration, visit woburnvillage.co.uk/guides.html.
From a gentle stroll around the public footpaths on the Woburn Estate to longer walks through nearby villages, it’s a great way to explore the beautiful Bedfordshire countryside – and maybe see some of the safari park’s residents up close as you walk along the park’s perimeter!
Step back in time
You can find out more about Woburn’s fascinating history and visit the museum at the Woburn Heritage Centre. It’s open weekdays (2pm – 4.30pm) and Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays (10am to 5pm) from 30 March 2019. Admission is free. woburnvillage.co.uk/heritage.html