Bedford, in the centre of the county, is the county town, and also includes the nearby Kempston. No hills in the town centre to walk up here ! It's easy access to London means lots of houses as commuters enjoy a country life when they get home.
Bedford's history goes back to Saxon times, and was important in the reign of King Alfred before the Danes attacked it in 1010.
Bedford and Kempston has excellent shops, and the River Great Ouse makes an attractive feature of the town. Take a stroll in Bedford Park, or walk the The Embankment, along the river with gardens and bandstand, and watch the lights come on at dusk
The Harpur Centre has 30 quality shops under one roof. The town also has two theatres, Bowen West, and the Civic.
One of the town's claims to fame is that John Bunyan wrote Pilgrims Progress while in Bedford jail from 1660 to 1672 and in 1676. His statue is in the town, and the site of the prison in Silver Street is marked.
There is a Park and Ride scheme in operation to ease traffic jams.
Bedford Market is every Wednesday and Saturday alongside the River Great Ouse.
Bronham Mill An 18th century Watermill.
Rowney Warren 7.4 miles Popular Woods for walking in.
Bushmead Priory A 12th century Priory.
Bedford Museum In a converted brewery with local exhibits.
Ceil Higgins Art Gallery and Museum Art Collections in a Victorian Mansion.
John Bunyan Museum The life of the famous author, pastor and preacher.
Priory Country Park Lake set in a country park.
Elstow A lovely village on the southern outskirts of Bedford.
Felmersham 6.2 miles Visit the village.
Harrold-Odell Country Park 7.2 miles A Country Park with 144 acres, and two lakes, to explore.
Bedford Corn Exchange Holds concerts and events.
Towns Near Bedford To Visit - straight line distance:Old Warden (6.50 miles) Sandy (7.47 miles) Harrold (7.58 miles) Ampthill (7.61 miles)