Today we visited Woburn Abbey Gardens in Bedfordshire. It is well signed off of the A5.
Woburn village itself is a lovely place to have a walk around and it also boasts a fantastic safari park which we didn't visit this time round but have been to before and is also well worth a visit.
As you turn into the entrance for Woburn Abbey Gardens, you pay at a toll booth that you drive up to and then there is a 2 mile drive to the house and gardens through the deer park which is lovely and you can usually see many different breeds of deer very easily.
You eventually come to the car park and enter by foot through a small gift shop. Also in this area is a cafe and a small area where plants are sold.
As you enter the gardens themselves there is a large pond with Koi Carp in it and filled with lily pads. This faces the Chinese Dairy.
There is a very Chinese inspired feel to the gardens overall with a fantastic maze which at its centre has a small Chinese style structure and there is a Chinese Grotto too.
The gardens have lots of different areas to explore from a small kitchen garden to ponds, a sculpture gallery, tropical green house, an aviary, a grotto filled with shells and many other surprises.
The Abbey itself is also very interesting and has a whole room of Canaletto's famous paintings of Venice.