Tours


We love showing people what we do here! As a small, working vineyard, we sadly don't have the capacity to be generally open to visitors. so the Friends of Warden Abbey Vineyard are now running occasional tours so you can see how the vines progress through the seasons. Proceeds from the tours go to keeping the community vineyard going. 

Gift vouchers for tours are also available - please visit our Gifts page.

Booking

Please note it is essential to book on to your tour in advance as there is limited space.
  • £8/head for adults (accompanied children free).  
  • £5/head for Friends of Warden Abbey Vineyard members + 1 guest  

Please note that we regret that we cannot refund for tickets in the event of “no shows”, but you can transfer this ticket to someone else if you are unable to come.
If you are a large group we can often arrange a dedicated tour for you outside these times - please see Group tours for minimum group sizes and prices.

2017 public tour dates  (advance booking only)
Sat 27 May
 11:00 – 13:00

 14:30 – 16:30English Wine Week Tour
Tue 27 June 11:00 – 13:00 14:30 - 16:30
Midsummer Tour
Tue 11 July        11.00 - 13:00 n/a"Walking in the Monks' Footsteps" history tour
Sat 22 July
 11:00 – 13:00 14:30 – 16:30Grand Summer Tour
Fri 25 Aug 11:00 – 13:00 14:30 – 16:30Grand Summer Tour
Sun 10 Sept 11:00 - 16:00                 OPEN DAY (no booking required)
 Tue 12 Sept     11:00 - 13:00 n/a"Walking in the Monk's Footsteps"  history tour
Fri 22 Sept 
 11:00 – 13:00 14:30 – 16:30 Pre-harvest Tour

Your tour

General Vineyard Tours
Tour group
You will be met by the vineyard manager or one of our experienced volunteers. 
Th
e tour takes about 1.5 - 2 hours and includes:  a walk and talk around the vineyard discussing the history of the vineyard from its medieval origins to modern times, the varieties of vines and their care, the challenges of growing vines in our climate, and the modern English wine industry, as well as our community vineyard project and the special role played by our volunteers. Then round off your visit with a tasting of a couple of our wines.

If you would like to take a bottle or two home with you (!), our wines will be available to buy at the end of your tour (cash or cheque only please).

"Walking in the monks' footsteps" Tours
Join this walk and talk around Bedfordshire's historic vineyard and discover Warden Abbey's hidden medieval precinct from a fresh perspective.  The walk will be led by Margaret Roberts who is writing a book on the history of the abbey.  As well as telling the story of the abbey, she'll interpret the landscape features surrounding the vineyard and what they reveal about the life of the abbey's occupants. Please note there is no access to the Warden Abbey building which is run by the Landmark Trust.

Open Day Sunday 10th Sept 11.00 - 16.00
Our big day of the year, and main fund-raiser!  Wine sales, tours, local stalls, BBQ, refreshments. Pay on entry

Other information for your visit

  • Please note there is no winery on the site.
  • The vineyard is on a gentle slope and the ground is uneven.  The walk may not be suitable for people with limited mobility.
  • Please bring suitable footwear and outdoor clothing as the weather may be unpredictable.
  • We have plenty of parking for cars and minibuses, but the site is not suitable for coaches.
  • The vineyard is strictly not open to the public except for pre-booked tours.

Visitor Comments

“Dear Jane,   My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the Warden Abbey Vineyard last Friday. We learned a lot that we did not know before and it was good to hear so much from a knowledgeable enthusiast like you. Best wishes for the future success of the project.”  Robert B

Dear Jane, Many thanks for an excellent tour and talk about the vineyard and Abbey.....please do pass on our thanks to the volunteers we met too.  Paul H

“Lovely walk and tasting.  My first visit with fellow members of Trinity Methodist Men's Group on a lovely sunny September morning. We were 17 in number and were looked after really well. Parked the minibus and welcomed by our hosts. We were given 3 talks on how the vineyard was founded, what happens now and the type of grapes grown plus a history of the vineyard itself. It was all rounded off nicely by a tasting of the latest wines. We all left the vineyard feeling that we had learnt a lot about how wine is made and how much hard work goes into it. Well worth a visit. Toilet facilities very basic at the moment but given time this will improve. Parking is on grass. A wheelchair could be pushed but with a struggle I feel.”  Paul C Reviewed 19 September 2014

“ I loved it all actually, it was all so interesting and Jane's talk "flowed" from one aspect to the next, with the wine tasting a nice way to finish off. She was a good speaker and made it interesting for us. I bet she's good with the children's vineyard tourvisits too. I loved the history bit and think that is an important part of the visit. One of my best History Club trips!  I will now recommend it to friends.” Julie, Sharnbrook Local History Club


Book now and help us keep the vineyard for the community!



Contact us:
07981 113714