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In & Around Bedford

Your Guide to Bedford & Surrounding Areas

Here in the town of one of England’s smallest counties, flanked East and West by tourist hotspots like Oxford and Cambridge and just a 35 minute train ride from central London, Bedford offers a unique visitor experience. We hope this guide provides you with all the information that you need to enjoy your visit.

Visitor Attractions

Explore Bedford's many beauty spots and historical buildings


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A Very Warm Welcome to Bedford

Whatever your reason for visiting Bedford, you will be sure to find something to enjoy. Bedford has a proud heritage and a vibrant town centre, offering a range of high-quality shops alongside many varied and unique independent retailers. The original market tradition is still strong in the town with Wednesday and Saturday food markets offering a wide range of vegetables and fruits from around the world. Not found in many other towns, the markets still prove an enormous attraction to visitors.

The leisure and entertainment scene offers a good variety of restaurants to choose from as well as plenty of theatre, music, arts and comedy. If you love the great outdoors, Bedford boasts stunning parks and open spaces, many of which are rated as Green Flag. Take a stroll along the wonderful riverside Embankment for a leisurely walk or join one of the popular guided town walks or maybe enjoy a seasonal trip on the John Bunyan Community Boat. The Higgins Museum and Art Gallery collections are not to be missed, not only for their retelling of the story of the development of Bedford but also for their world-famous exhibitions of watercolour paintings and ceramics.

Within a short distance of the town, there are a number of famous country houses managed by either English Heritage, the National Trust or still their original families. Surrounding areas of the town offer pretty Bedfordshire villages such as Bromham, Harrold, Sharnbrook, Olney and Turvey; all well worth a visit and often with Open Gardens in the summer.

We do hope that you enjoy your visit and will want to return soon!

Bedford Map

Bedford benefits from excellent transport links and is easy to reach by car or public transport.  Stagecoach also operates a network of frequent services serving Bedford and the surrounding area

The town is conveniently located between the A1 and M1 and is well served by the A421 dual carriageway which links the two major roads as well as the A6 and A428.

There are regular rail services to Bedford from St Pancras via First Capital Connect, with trains arriving and departing every 30 minutes.  In addition the Marston Vale Line provides hourly services to Bedford from Bletchley and easy access from Milton Keynes, Leighton Buzzard, Watford Junction and the West Midlands with one change at Bletchley.

The journey time is approximately 40 minutes from St Pancras.