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Welcome to Bedford

Known for its beautiful riverside Embankment and rich in history and cultural diversity, you will find there is something here for everyone.

From trips to local museums and galleries and the delights of afternoon tea to the stately homes and wonderful parks and open spaces, many of which are rated as Green Flag, that we are lucky enough to have on our doorstep.

Bedford has always been a thriving market town with regular and speciality markets drawing in locals and visitors aplenty. Shopping in Bedford offers a blend of unique independents and high street brands with the newly refurbished Harpur Shopping Centre well worth a visit.

Surrounding the town are many picturesque Bedfordshire villages such as Bromham, Elstow, Harrold, Stevington and Turvey; all well worth a visit and often with Open Gardens in the summer.

For more information while your visiting the town itself, the Bedford Visitor Information Centre can now be found in Bedford Central Library in the town centre open on Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays 10.30am to 4.00pm.

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


Bedford Town Centre 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.