Things to do in Bedfordshire
The county of Bedfordshire, situated 30 miles from London, is the gateway to the Midlands and East Anglia.
Set in a rich rural landscape of gently rolling countryside, meandering rivers and pretty villages, the county is an attractive place with many areas of outstanding natural beauty.
You can find Bedfordshire Tourist Information in the Historic County town of Bedford, set on the banks of the River Great Ouse.Bedfordshire Museum gives information on north Bedfordshire and the adjacent Cecil Higgins Art Gallery is well worth visiting.
Bedfordshire offers a wide range of family activities.
Examples are: a day out to Whipsnade Wild Animal Park, or a visit to the unique Whipsnade Tree Cathedral, which contains many tree species planted in the plan of a medieval cathedral.Woburn, don't miss the Woburn Heritage Centre. A small museum is housed in the old church of St Mary's telling the history of Woburn village, past and present.
The village is home of the famous Woburn Abbey which has been the home of the Russell Family, the Dukes of Bedford, for over 450 years.
For a fun day out why not take a leisurely canal boat cruise on one of the many inland waterways that criss-cross the area or play a round of golf at one of the counties many courses?
Bedfordshire has a variety of good shopping, attractions and sporting facilities for all ages.
Days out in Bedfordshire
Bromham Mill and Gallery
There was a mill on the site of Bromham Mill since before the domesday survey in 1086.
Cecil Higgins Art Gallery
The Cecil Higgins Art Gallery is closed for redevelopment. You can find out more about our plans on our website. The Gallery is due to re-open in 2012/13.
Dunstable Downs, Chilterns Gateway Centre and Whipsnade Estate
If the number of kites flying is any indication, Dunstable Downs offers windy walks and wildlife in all seasons. Gliders soar over the glorious landscape and ancient monuments abound.
Higgins Art Gallery & Musuem
Housed in the former Higgins and Sons Brewery, Bedford Museum is situated within the picturesque gardens of Bedford Castle, beside the Great Ouse Embankment.
Leighton Buzzard Railway
With its sharp curves, its steep gradients, its level crossings and its unique roadside running, the Leighton Buzzard Railway takes you back to a more relaxed age of transport.
Elstow Moot Hall (or Green House as it was formerly known) was built in the late 15th century as a market-house in connection with the village fairs.
A visit to the Swiss Garden takes you back to the early 19th century, when an interest in ornamental gardening and picturesque architecture were first combined.
Wardown Park Museum
Wardown Park Museum is situated 1.5 miles from the centre of Luton in a beautiful landscaped park. The first floor galleries house the Luton Life displays which explore the stories of Luton people over the past 150 years.
You'll discover one wild day out at Wild Britain (formerly Bedford Butterfly Park).Starting your visit in the tropical jungle, become a Safari Spotter and earn your free badge.
Experience living history at Woburn Abbey, home to the Dukes of Bedford for over 300 years and still home to the 15th Duke and his family today.
Woburn Safari Park
Lions, tigers and bears - you will find your favourite animals at Woburn Safari Park.
Fans of baroque and classical architecture are in for a treat at Wrest Park in Bedfordshire with its French inspired mansion, baroque pavilion and Chinoiserie garden pagoda.
ZSL Whipsnade Zoo
Escape the urban jungle and head for Whipsnade for the perfect family day out.
Places to Visit in Bedfordshire
The ancient market town of Ampthill is situated under the brow of the Greensand Ridge. It is a town that enjoys the rural surrounds of open and wooded countryside, interspersed by small attractive villages.
Aspley Guise is an attractive village situated amongst sandy hills on the edge of the pinewoods of Aspley Heath.
Bedford is the charming county town of Bedfordshire, 30 miles west of Cambridge.
The name Biggleswade is derived from Biccel - an Anglo-Saxon personal name and waed, an old English word for ford. The Great North Road and the waterways gave rise to Biggleswade's early prosperity.
Lying in the Vale of the River flit, surrounded by woodlands is the village of Clophill. Entrance to the village from the A6, takes you past the Flying Horse pub, an important station during the stage coach era.
Dunstable is the oldest charter town in Bedfordshire. Located on the beautiful Downs, in a gap within the Chilterns, it is proud of its rich history and heritage.
The village of Harlington sits on the southern edge of the district, bordered by an area of natural beauty including the chalk downs of Sundon Hills Country Park and the vale of the River Flit.
Leighton Buzzard is a quintessential market town in the Chilterns near Milton Keynes and is infamous for the Great Train Robbery
The name 'Lidlington' derives from the Old English meaning 'the farm of Lytel's people'. A record of the village appears in the Domesday Book of 1087.
Luton is a large town in Bedfordshire with a population of around 240,000. It is 30 miles north of London and is best known for its airport.
The village of Marston Moretaine, also spelt Marston Moreteyne, with its 3,700 residents is in a scenic part of Bedfordshire, between the major conurbations of Milton Keynes and Bedford.
A hill top village dominated by the Church of St. John The Evangelist, which was built in 1860-61, of French influence. The Church has a chancel tower with a pyramid roof and high apse adjoining.
The parish of Northill encompasses Ickwell, Lower and Upper Caldecote also Hatch and Thorncote, all in the heart of market garden country, Northill was originally known as North Givell meaning the northern part of territory of the River Ivel.
Old Warden's history can be traced back to Roman times. A Cistercian Abbey was situated near the Cardington Road and a small part still stands, identified by its Elizabethan chimney.
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Potton is an ancient market town centred around a very attractive Market square adorned by redbrick 18th century buildings. Dominating the square is the neo-Georgian Clock House, built in 1956 it now houses the library.
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For centuries Sandy was the centre for market gardening and it still remains vital to the town today. Excavations indicate that Sandy was once a Roman settlement.
Steppingley is a rural village in Bedfordshire, England. It stands on high ground in the centre of a small parish of about 562 hectares on the Greensand Ridge, and is mentioned in the Doomsday Book.
An historic and picturesque village situated a few miles from Potton. A tributary of the River Ivel crosses the road where Sutton's medieval twin arched packhorse bridge spans the ford.
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Woburn is surrounded by wooded countryside and parkland with the Greensand Ridge running through the north western part of the parish. The town takes its name from its Saxon settlers - Wo meaning twisted or crooked - Burn meaning a stream.