Explore one of Bedfordshire’s most beautiful historical buildings then enjoy a quintessentially British treat in this Visit to Woburn Abbey with Afternoon Tea for Two. You and a friend will discover the history behind this former Cistercian abbey founded in 1145 as you make your way through its beautiful State Rooms. See where some of history’s most famous royals including Elizabeth I, Charles I, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert have stayed, and marvel at the stunning 18th century French and English furniture all around you. You’ll find some extraordinary collections of silver and gold ornaments, as well as several works of art by Coyp, Gainsborough, Reynolds and Van Dyck.
After exploring the abbey’s spectacular rooms you’ll head to the building’s famous Duchess Tea Rooms overlooking the grounds to enjoy your delicious afternoon tea for two. Rumour has it that it was in these exact tea rooms that the dining tradition of afternoon tea was born, started by Duchess Anna Maria, wife of the seventh Duke of Bedford. Sit back and relax as you enjoy a scrumptious selection of sandwiches, assorted cakes and pastries, scones with clotted cream and jam, and freshly brewed tea. Where better to enjoy this delightful dining treat than in the very spot where it all began?