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Woburn Abbey and Gardens is offering carriage tours on the 7th and 8th of April 2018. This is the first in a series of weekend tours that will be offered once per month until August.
This 30-minute tour will take you around Woburn Abbey, specifically the gardens and some parts of the deer park. What’s even more special is that this tour allows you to visit certain areas which are not accessible to the public. A groomsman is going to accompany you during the ride to provide you with interesting information about this historic place.
The award-winning garden at Woburn Abbey features over 28 acres of lush and colourful lawns with ponds. It also has several interesting structures like the Aviary and the Chinese Dairy. The Kitchen Garden shows the different vegetables and fruits grown at the Abbey. There is also a boggy patch which was transformed into a garden composed of gravel, boulders and plants. Most of the landscaping at Woburn Garden were inspired by the designs of Humphry Repton, a renowned landscape gardener.
Meanwhile, the deer park at Woburn Abbey is one of the biggest conservation parks in the Europe. Over 1,200 deer call this vast parkland their home. Furthermore, nine species of deer are found at this deer park. Aside from the native red deer and fallow deer, the Père David’s Deer or Milu, which went extinct in the wild, also roams around Woburn Abbey. The other deer species you may see here are the Barangshingha, Manchurian Sika, Muntjac, Rusa, Axis and Chinese water deer.
Timed slots are available throughout the day. If you want to ensure that you experience the carriage tours when you visit Woburn Abbey, book early because slots are limited. The carriage tour costs £200 for four adults. The price already covers the entrance fee at the abbey and gardens as well as snacks. Only children aged four and up are permitted to join the tour.
The other schedules of Woburn Abbey’s carriage tours are as follows: May 5 & 6, June 2 & 3, July 7 & 8 and August 18 & 19.
Photo by Peter O’Connor aka anemoneprojectors