Local Attractions WHAT TO SEE & DO
The Abbey has been the home of the Earls and Dukes of Bedford, one of England's most powerful families, since the 1620's. It is currently the home of the 15th Duke and Duchess of Bedford and their children. Russell family members have included Prime Ministers, Ambassadors, Lord High Admirals and philosophers over the centuries and provide a direct link to the events of the past that shaped the England of today.
Waddesdon Manor was built by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild between 1874 and 1885 to display his collection of arts and to entertain the fashionable world. Opened to the public in 1959, Waddesdon Manor is managed by the Rothschild Foundation, a family charitable trust, on behalf of the National Trust, who took over ownership in 1957. It’s home to the Rothschild Collections of paintings, sculpture and decorative arts.
Explore the evolution of the English garden with a stroll through three centuries of landscape design at Wrest Park. From dazzling parterres and fragrant borders, to sweeping views and woodland walks, Wrest Park is a real treat for the senses. Explore the 92 acres of award-winning gardens, gold winner of Anglia in Bloom Awards 2017. Take tea in the café and explore the hidden treasures in the archaeological stores.
Once Britain’s Best Kept Secret, today Bletchley Park is a heritage site and vibrant tourist attraction. Open daily, visitors can explore some of the iconic WW2 Code breaking Huts and Blocks and marvel at the astonishing achievements of the Code breakers whose work is said to have helped shorten the war by two years.
Stowe House is a Grade I listed country house located in Stowe, Buckinghamshire, England. It is the home of Stowe School, an independent school and is owned by the Stowe House Preservation Trust. Stowe House is regularly open to the public and can be explored all year round. The gardens (known as Stowe Landscape Gardens), a significant example of the English garden style are open to the public. The parkland surrounding the gardens is open 365 days a year.
Milton Keynes Theatre is one of the region’s leading live entertainment venues, showcasing the best West End and touring productions from across the UK each and every year.
The 1400 seat auditorium, with its fully retracting ceiling provides a more intimate viewing experience, making every visit memorable. And let’s not forget the shows themselves, the Theatre offers a wide and varied programme of first class dance, drama, musicals, opera, comedy and children's shows – perfect for all ages to enjoy.
For a day packed with animal encounters and wonderful wildlife, visit Woburn with over 80 species of animals. Visitors to the park can drive through the large animal exhibits, including lions, tigers and bears.
An award winning attraction, which makes a valuable contribution to conservation. Most of all, it is a place where families can enjoy being together and seeing animals in a beautiful environment.
Woburn Abbey and the surrounding Estate provide a stunning backdrop and historical setting for Woburn Golf Club.
Home to the Duke's, Duchess and Marquess courses, Woburn is the first 54 hole venue to have all three courses featured in Golf Monthly Magazine's Top 100 Courses in the UK and Ireland and Golf World Magazine's Top 100 Courses in Britain and Ireland.
Woburn Golf Club is extremely proud to have Ian Poulter as one of its Touring Professionals and Charley Hull, also became a Woburn Touring Professional in 2014, having been a member of Woburn since the age of 11.
The Stables Theatre was founded by Sir John Dankworth and Dame Cleo Laine in 1970 in the grounds of their home. Over 350 concerts and around 250 education events are held each year including the National Youth Music Camps.
The Stables has hosted internationally renowned performers including Amy Winehouse, Joan Amatrading, Courtney Pine, Craig David, Beverly Knight, 10cc, Jamie Cullum, Cerys Matthews and Curtis Stigers.
Home of the British Grand Prix, which it first hosted in 1948.
Silverstone is open for race days and hosts various racing events throughout the year and is also available for corporate days out.
The 1950 British Grand Prix at Silverstone was the first race in the newly created World Championship of Drivers.
The race rotated between Silverstone, Aintree and Brands Hatch from 1955 to 1986, but relocated permanently to Silverstone in 1987.
The circuit also hosts the British round of the MotoGP series.
Local Restaurants WHERE TO EAT & DRINK
OSO Coffee & Cake 119B High St, Cranfield, MK43 0BS 01234 750325
A local, independent coffee shop serving a changing selection of cakes, breakfasts and lunches made daily in the kitchen.
The Swan 2 Court Road, Cranfield, MK43 0DR 01234 757689
Cranfield's very own local pub. Located at the centre of the village. Newly refurbished striking a right balance between antique and modern
The Cross Keys 159 High Street, Cranfield, MK43 0ES 01234 750213
Friendly Traditional Local Village pub with wide range of well kept real ales and wholesome home cooked food.
Sunday Roasts, Games & BT Sport
The Swan 2 Wavendon Road, Salford, MK17 8BD 01908 281008
An attractive Edwardian pub in a lovely village setting; It remains a real pub, where you’re just as welcome to enjoy a decent pint of bitter at the bar or a deli board as a fine three course meal.
The Carrington Arms Cranfield Road Moulsoe MK16 0HB 01908 218050
Family run traditional countryside English Inn, situated in the picturesque village of Moulsoe. Locally raised Bedfordshire Beef, an a la carte menu and lighter options are served including sandwiches, homemade burgers and traditional pub favourites.
The Swan 2 High Street, Woburn Sands, MK17 8RH 01908 583204
Stylish traditional pub with contemporary design touches, an open fire, a modern British menu and a great beer garden.
Nonna’s The Square, Woburn Sands, MK17 8SY 01908 584397
Italian & Maltese Delicatessen/Brasserie
& Deli offering Breakfasts, cakes, salads and sandwiches.
Jalori 23 High Street, Woburn Sands, MK17 8RF 01908 281226
Jalori prides itself in providing classic Indian cuisine with modern twists using local produce and fresh ingredients to give it that unforgettable aroma and mouth-watering flavours.
The Woburn Fort 33 High Street, Woburn Sands, MK17 8RB 01908 282002
At The Woburn Fort you can book a table and enjoy our beautiful surroundings whilst eating traditional Curries, Specials, Masala’s, Biryani’s and more.
All dishes served at The Woburn Fort are freshly prepared and cooked to the highest standard.
Giovanni's 61 High Street, Woburn Sands, MK17 8QY 01908 583330
A family run business motivated by their Italian Culture to bring you the taste of Italy with exceptional quality food.
The Birch 20 Newport Road, Woburn, MK17 9HX 01525 290295
Passionate about sourcing the freshest ingredients from farms and estates throughout the country, cooked by a team of talented and highly qualified chefs.
Reasonably priced, seasonal lunchtime and evening menus offer exciting English food with a Mediterranean and New World twist.
The Black Horse 1 Bedford Street, Woburn, MK17 9QB 01525 290210
The Black Horse offers a blend of traditional and modern – exposed beams, cosy décor and a modern “best of British” menu teamed with an exciting and varied wine list and real ales.
Woburn Brasserie 13 Bedford Street, Woburn, MK17 9QB 01525 290 260
Whether visiting for a business lunch, intimate dinner or enjoying a catch-up over coffee or wine, a warm welcome will await you.
Choose from a range of freshly-produced dishes, made from top quality, locally-sourced ingredients that include vegetarian and gluten-free options.
Loch Fyne 19 Market Place, Woburn, MK17 9PZ 01525 290877
Join us for a relaxing lunch or intimate evening meal including fresh fish and shellfish from our À la carte menu and daily specials.
Why not try some oysters and champagne looking out over the old market square?
Woburn Thai 2 Leighton Street, Woburn, MK17 9PJ 01525 290033
Woburn Thai Restaurant brings a touch of the mystical east to beautiful and historic Woburn.
A dinner date at Woburn Thai assures you of not only the finest ingredients and cooking expertise, but also of an enjoyable and memorable ambience.
Fratelli 40 George Street, Woburn, MK17 9PY 01525 290105
Take a culinary journey round Italy at Fratelli, an elegant and contemporary restaurant that explores the food of regional Italy.
Whether it’s a meal for two or to celebrate, Fratelli offers everything you need to let your hair down Italian style.
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Galloway’s 22-23 Market Place, Woburn, MK17 9PZ 01525 290496
An a-La-Carte menu, which changes regularly with an emphasis on proudly created home cooked food using only the finest quality fresh produce.
Vegetarian and daily ‘Fish Specials’ are always available and one evening each week has been traditionally set-aside for the popular ‘Pasta & Steak Extravaganza’.
Blue Orchid The Square, Aspley Guise, MK17 8DF 01908 282877
At Blue Orchid you will find a cosy and relaxing environment that allows you to dine at your leisure enjoying a full evening of dining and feasting.
The menu at Blue Orchid offers a wide and varied selection of authentic Thai dishes made with fresh ingredients combined with the friendly service and tranquil ambience.
The Anchor 10 The Square, Aspley Guise, MK17 8DF 01908 991770
Traditional 19th century Inn with two bars, cosy restaurant, open fires and lovely gardens along with plenty of parking,
Serving a large selection of real ales and a wide variety of wines.
The Flying Fox Sheep Lane, Woburn, MK17 9HD 01525 290444
The Flying Fox in Woburn is a country pub, oozing rural charm and rustic character.
The picturesque surroundings provide the perfect backdrop for savouring the hearty, seasonal pub-food and the carefully nurtured cask ales and fine wines gracing the bar.