Today we spent the day discovering Woburn Abbey: the beautiful house with all its history, and the breath-taking gardens in all their glory. The Abbey was founded by Cistercian monks in 1145. It was given to Sir John Russell during the Reformation in 1500s and remains in the family today.
We saw the rooms where Queen Victoria stayed on a brief visit there, including orange blossom from her wedding bouquet and sketches by Prince Albert; the iconic 'Armada' portrait of Queen Elizabeth I, Stuart tapestries, a lock of Napoleon's hair, and the portraits of all the Earls and Dukes of Bedford through to the current Duke.
The kiddies completed a quiz on their tour of the house and the weather was perfect, as we tumble into Autumn, for exploring the gardens.