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71km (44 miles) N of London

Aside from Windsor Castle, the most visited attraction in the Home Counties is Woburn Abbey, which is so spectacular you should try to visit even if you have to miss all the other historic homes we've described. The great 18th-century Georgian mansion has been the traditional seat of the dukes of Bedford for more than 3 centuries.

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