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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.

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Tourist Attractions in and near Bedford to Visit



Bronham Mill An 18th century Watermill.

Rowney Warren 7.4 miles Popular Woods for walking in.

Historic Houses

Historic Houses

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.


Out & About

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.


Theatres, Cinemas and Venues

Bedford Corn Exchange Holds concerts and events.

Days Out around Bedford.

After you have exhausted the delights of this town, visit Harrold, a pretty village, or the Shuttleworth Collection of old aircraft at Old Warden

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)
How to get to Bedford
Bedford, M1 and the A1, it is 50 miles north of London.

Bedford Tourist Information Centre

  • Town Hall
    10 St Paul's Square
    MK40 1SJ
    Tel: 01234 221712
Bedford Swan Hotel
The Embankment Bedford MK40 1RW

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The Barns Hotel
Cardington Road Bedford MK44 3SA

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Menzies Hotels Woburn - Flitwick Manor
Church Rd, Flitwick Bedford MK45 1AE

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Guest Houses, Bed and Breakfasts, Inns and other Hotels
Shakespeare Hotel
27 Shakespeare Road Bedford MK40 2DX

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Queens Head Hotel
2 Rushden Rd, Milton Ernest Bedford MK44 1RU

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The Mill Hotel
32-34 Mill Street Bedford MK40 3HD

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Holiday Cottages
Britannia Wharf Serviced Apartments
Palgrave Road Bedford MK42 9BY

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Lloyd Court by City Stay Apartments
Lloyd Court, 15 The Crescent Bedford MK40 2RT

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Castle Quay Apartments
Castle Quay Bedford MK40 3FG

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Bedford Weather
Friday 22nd May
Day :Light rain shower19°C Light rain shower
Night :Light rain shower8°C Light rain shower
Saturday 23rd May
Day :Partly cloudy skies18°C Partly cloudy skies
Night :Clear skies7°C Clear skies
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