Woburn Abbey is the home of the Earls and Dukes of Bedford. The Deer Park covers an area of 3,000 acres and, with its 9 species of deer, is one the largest private conservation parks in Europe. After paying a modest entrance fee (which covers the deer park, picnic areas and gardens) you can take a leisurely drive round (as many times as you like) before enjoying the gardens and the tea room.
I only managed to get a few quick photos in the deer park because a tourist coach was hot upon my heels and didn’t seem to want to stop and admire the deer for as long as I did!
We parked the car, and the walk round the gardens began with a look at the back of the Abbey –
with this beautiful tree in the courtyard behind me.
The gardens, commmisioned in 1805 by the 6th Duke, were designed by the famous landscape gardener Humphrey Repton.
The Chinese Dairy was designed by Henry Holland in 1787, and built in 1794, for the 5th Duke.
This horse’s head sculpture is by Philip Blacker, who used to be a steeplechase jockey before retiring to become a full time sculptor.
I couldn’t see any information about these energetic figures, so will have to do a bit of research.
We only managed to see a relatively small part of the gardens, but it’s somewhere I would definitely visit again.