Woburn is listed in The Sunday Times (March17th, 2013) as one of the 'Best places to live in Britain' and "merits more than a day trip".
Woburn was first recorded as a hamlet in 969 and is found in the Domesday Book of 1086. The name derives from the Saxon word 'wo' meaning crooked and 'burn', a small stream.
It is best known as the location of Woburn Abbey, founded by Cistercian monks in 1145 and granted to the first Earl of Bedford in 1538 after the dissolution of the monasteries. Woburn has been burned down and rebuilt three times: first when a mediaeval chimney fire spread due to the prevalence of thatched roofs and closely built houses. Then, during the English Civil War, the Cavaliers burned down much of the village and in 1724 a third fire destroyed much of the town, which was re-built in the Georgian style that remains today.
It is situated about 5 miles (8.0 km) southeast of the centre of Milton Keynes, and about 3 miles (4.8 km) south of junction 12/13 off the M1 Motorway.
Woburn is a residential village and tourist attraction. Aside from Woburn Abbey and Woburn Safari Park, tourists visit Woburn's Georgian centre and the Woburn Heritage Centre local history museum.
Woburn hosts a popular Village Festival on the first weekend of September every year attracting thousands of visitors.
Facilities for residents and visitors include a heated outdoor swimming pool open in the summer months, the Village Hall, St. Mary's Church and Woburn Lower School. Woburn also has a monthly Farmers' Market on the third Sunday of the month organised by the Village Traders.
Woburn has been chosen as the location for a brand new Center Parcs due to open in 2014.
This beautiful Georgian village is brimming with a wide selection of specialist shops, pubs, restaurants and hotels.