Woburn Abbey - BedfordshireWoburn Abbey, Woburn Park, Bedfordshire, MK17 9WA

Woburn Abbey is where Afternoon Tea was created. It was here during the late 1830's that Duchess Anna Maria, wife of the 7th Duke of Bedford, is said to have complained of "having that sinking feeling" during the late afternoon. And so 'Afternoon Tea' taken privately in her boudoir was the solution until dinner at 8pm.

For nearly 400 years, Woburn Abbey and its 3000 acre estate have been home to the Dukes of Bedford. Sometimes known as a treasure house with outstanding collections of art, furniture, silver and gold along with its vast history makes the Abbey one of the finest homes in Britain. 

Enjoy a delicious Afternoon Tea in the Abbey's Duchess Tea Rooms overlooking the grounds and absorb the extravagant décor that Woburn Abbey has to offer. Stroll around a the grounds and take in the grand architecture before visiting the various State Rooms including the dining room and bedrooms of which Royalty have stayed to include Elizabeth I, Charles I, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. 

Touring the Abbey will cover three floors, including the vaults with superb examples of 18th century French and English furniture, silver and gold collections, a wide range of English continental and oriental porcelain. Stunning works of art, celebrated as one of the most important private collections in the world includes paintings by Coyp, Gainsborough, Reynolds and Van Dyck.

To complete your experience you will enjoy a full traditional Afternoon Tea in the Duchess Tea Rooms. Your tea will consist of a selection of sandwiches, cakes and freshly made pastries, as well as gingerbread cake, fruit cake and scones with clotted cream & jam all homemade.

  1. Times:

    Afternoon Tea is served 2.30pm to 4pm every day

  2. Booking:

    Booking is essential

  3. Nearest railway station:


  4. Approach:

    The Duchess' Tea Room

  5. Where to sit:

    The Duchess' Tea Room

  6. Dress code:

    Smart casual

  7. Children:

    Children of all ages welcome

  8. Music:

    No live music

  9. Credit cards:

    All major credit cards accepted

  10. Gardens:

    3000 acre Deer Park and Abbey Garden

  11. Outdoor Seating:


  12. Disabled access:


  13. Dogs:

    Guide dogs only

  14. Gluten free:


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  16. Nut free:


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  18. Halal:


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  • Afternoon Tea
    2.30pm to 4pm
    Every Day April – October
Per person£30.00

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