Visitor Attractions

Bromham Mill

The present mill is a late 18th or early 19th century rebuilding in brick, timber and stone on the site of earlier mills. It had two waterwheels, however only one remains and was restored in 1980.

Bromham Mill is open 7 days a week 10am – 3pm and bank holidays from Easter to the 1st December. Free admission. Available for group guided tours, baking lessons and craft activities. Meadow and picnic area, cycling and walking routes. The café sells fresh coffee and home-made cakes.

Bromham Mill and Gallery, Bridge End, Bromham, Bedford, MK43 8LP Tel 01234 824330

Danish Camp Riverside Visitor Centre

A Norwegian log cabin surrounded by woodland on the banks of The River Great Ouse in Willington, just east of Bedford. Enjoy the countryside with cycling, walks, river trips or hire a self-drive boat. Freshly cooked food, full menu, light bites or just coffee and cakes. Fully licenced. Also available for celebrations, weddings, corporate events and group visits.

Chapel Lane, Willington, Bedford, MK44 3QG Tel: 01234 838709

Forest of Marston Vale

The Forest Centre & Millennium Country Park is a great destination for family days out. With 8km of surfaced, level tracks it’s suitable for buggies and wheelchairs, with bike hire open all year round and the Lakeside Café serving a range of meals and snacks, with an outdoor seating area for dog owners.

Our Wetlands Nature Reserve is a great place to explore and spot wildlife, with panoramic views of the Park from our Tower Hide (small charge applies). Explore the unsurfaced tracks, sight see around Stewartby Lake or take in our peaceful Sensory Garden.

All money donated or spent at the Forest Centre goes towards planting trees in the Forest of Marston Vale (Reg Charity No. 1069229) – your money grows further at the Forest Centre!

The Forest Centre, Station Rd, Marston Moretaine, Bedford MK43 0PR  Tel 01234 767037

John Bunyan Boat

The John Bunyan Boat offers scenic river cruises on the Great Ouse. While cruising along you get to see a completely different view of the town and surroundings, with opportunities to see river wildlife and maybe a kingfisher. Admire the historic bridges and buildings on the water’s edge, or party as the world floats by.
Starting in April 2018 there are regular public cruises, with special cruises too. See our website for full details and to book.

Jordans Mill

Take a tour of Jordans Mill, a historic Victorian watermill situated on the banks of the River Ivel in Biggleswade and enjoy British classics served with a twist using seasonal, local ingredients in the Riverside Café. Admire the Mill Gardens with cereal crops, fruits and vegetables, and ornamental flower displays and choose from a selection of cereals, grains and local produce in the Mill Shop.

Jordans Mill, Holme Mills, Langford Road, Broom, Bedfordshire, SG18 9JY Tel 01767 603940

Stevington Manor Garden

Stevington Manor Garden offers four and a half acres of colour, texture, scent and interest and is the creation of garden and cookery writer Kathy Brown. It started as a cottage style garden but new areas have been added over the years including an ornamental grass parterre winter garden, edible flower garden and wildflower meadow. Specimen trees, ornamental grass gardens and a wonderful wild flower meadow give other areas of interest throughout the summer months.
Open early May to end September Tuesdays 1pm to 5pm. Also 4 Sundays per year - please see website for details
The Manor House, Church Road, Stevington, Nr Bedford MK43 7QB Tel. 01234 822064

Stockwood Discovery Centre

The Discovery Centre is one of two free admission museums in Luton. Beautiful Gardens, an award winning display of carriages, extensive local collection and an ever changing exhibition. Children’s playground and Garden Café.

Stockwood Discovery Centre, London Road, Luton, LU1 4LX | Tel: 01582 548600 |

Stotfold Watermill

Stotfold Watermill is set in an idyllic setting on the River Ivel.  Having burnt down in 1992, it is now a completely rebuilt Grade II listed watermill with three fully accessible floors to view. The Steam Fair and Country Show and other events run throughout the year.

Mill Lane, Stotfold, Bedfordshire SG5 4NU | Tel: 01462 734541

Moggerhanger Park

A Grade 1 listed Georgian Historic House set in 33 acres of parkland and woodland.

There is so much to be discovered at Moggerhanger Park with its unique history and inspiring architecture. Many of the original garden features are still in existence today and the grounds offer a spacious walled garden, peaceful woodland walk, Garden Rooms Cafe and woodland playground.

Moggerhanger Park is also a Wedding and Corporate Event Venue as well as a 23 roomed Guest House.

The park hosts many family events throughout the year and House Tours are available from March – October.

Entry to the park is free.

Tel: 01767 641007

Moggerhanger Park, Park Road, Moggerhanger, Bedford MK44 3RW

RSPB The Lodge

You can explore this attractive nature reserve along 5 miles (8 km) of trails, visit the beautifully managed gardens, the Iron Age banks and ditches on Galley Hill, or watch woodland birds from the hide. You can see a wide range of woodland species throughout the year and spotted

flycatchers and hobbies arrive during the summer. The shop has an excellent range of binoculars and telescopes, books, bird food and gifts.  There is a picnic area, and locally produced sandwiches and wraps and other refreshments are available at the shop. The hide, gardens and toilets are wheelchair accessible. RSPB The Lodge, Potton Rd, Sandy SG19 2DL Tel 01767 693333

The Shuttleworth Collection, Old Warden

The Shuttleworth Collection is an aeronautical and automotive museum located at the Old Warden Aerodrome. The Collection displays some of the last airworthy aircraft of their type

remaining anywhere in the world. Vintage aircraft: 1909-1950s, Vehicles: mostly Edwardian, early dogcarts and 1930s-1940s cars, Motorcycles, penny farthings and a 1904 Aurora, Agricultural exhibits: working Chaff Cutter, living van and tractors can also be found at the museum.

Throughout the year there are many events that encompass flying displays

and vehicle parades which draw crowds from all over the world.

The Shuttleworth Collection, Old Warden Aerodrome Nr Biggleswade Bedfordshire SG18 9EP

Tel 01767 627 927                 

The Swiss Garden

The Swiss Garden is an outstanding example of the Regency fashion for creating landscapes in a picturesque alpine style. It is a peaceful, tranquil space, and one which has new vistas revealed at every turn. Within the garden are 13 listed structures  (some are licenced for weddings), an adjacent woodland sculpture trail and three resident peacocks. It’s a delight to explore and recent

restoration work in 2014 has ensured it has accessibility for all visitors.

Ducklings can be seen swimming on the ponds in Spring. Events such as outdoor theatre and music take place every year and can be booked online.

The Swiss Garden, Old Warden, Aerodrome Nr Biggleswade Bedfordshire SG18 9EP

Tel 01767 627 927

The House at Shuttleworth

The House was built in 1875, designed by the prominent Victorian architect Henry Clutton. It’s situated in  425 acres of beautiful parkland. Gillows of Lancaster made many of the interior

furnishings and there are several magnificent  examples of 19 century paintings on the walls,

produced by artists such as Sir Frank Dicksee, Benjamin Williams Leader, George Vicat Cole and Frank Holl. Today it is a popular venue  for weddings and conferences. Afternoon Tea with a guided tour is available from March until October on selected dates. For groups of 10+ there is the

option to combine with a tour of the Swiss Garden (for additional cost).

The House, Old Warden Aerodrome Nr Biggleswade Bedfordshire SG18 9EP
Tel 01767 627 927

Warden Abbey Vineyard

Nestled between the picturesque villages of Old Warden and Cardington, vines were first planted on this beautiful Bedfordshire field in medieval times by monks at the Cistercian Abbey of Warden. Centuries later, the Whitbread family re-planted the monks' "Lyttel Vineyard" in 1986, and went on to produce award-winning wines right up to their last vintage in 2008. Tours are run by the Friends of Warden Abbey Vineyard to raise funds to support the community vineyard. The vineyard also holds an open day in September. All tour dates are published on the vineyard website.

Please note it is essential to book on to your tour in advance as there is limited space.

Woburn Abbey and Gardens

Woburn Abbey is the family home of the 15th Duke and Duchess of Bedford.

The Earls and Dukes of Bedford and their families have been at the centre of social and political events for almost400 years. Learn more about their lives and discover great tales of imprisonment,

beheadings, love affairs, Royal Pardons, Prime Ministers, Royal state

visits and much more. Within the Abbey there are 24 rooms to explore, including regal State

Rooms, the Vaults and Crypt with gold, silver and porcelain displays. The world renowned art collection holds more than the largest private collection of Venetian views by Canaletto in one

room. In 1805, the famous landscape gardener, Humphry Repton, was

commissioned to enhance the Abbey’s Gardens and park. In 2018 we celebrate Repton’s bicentenary and today his vision can still be enjoyed as many of the original features have been restored to their former glory. Treat yourself in the Duchess Tearoom to complete your visit.

Open Daily from 23rd March – 28th October 2018

Gardens are open over the weekends outside of these times

Woburn Safari Park

Enjoy a safari adventure in over 300 acres of beautiful parkland at Woburn Safari Park - home to more than 1,000 wild animals. It is part of the estates of the Duke of Bedford that also includes Woburn Abbey and its 3,000-acre (1,200 ha) deer park. Take unlimited repeat circuits of the Road Safari, before continuing the journey in Animal Encounters and enjoying lots of free activities in the leisure area. Visitors can learn all about the wild residents with fascinating keeper talks and demonstration and there are plenty of activities to keep children amused.

Woburn Park, Crawley Rd, Milton Keynes MK17 9QN Tel 01525 290407

Whipsnade Zoo

Set in 600 acres of panoramic scenery in the rolling Chiltern Hills. Explore the sights, smells and sounds of the UK’s biggest zoo and meet some of the biggest animals on the planet. Meet the jumbo-sized elephants, visit the majestic rhino in their huge paddock and pay a visit to animal royalty with the majestic African Lions. And our exciting Giraffe Heights exhibit, which includes a revamped barn and a nine foot foot high viewing platform, will bring you face-to-face with Whipsnade’s giraffes for the very first time. Daily events- fishy feeding time with the Peckish Penguins; see the sea lions jump, swim & frolic in the splashzone at the fantastic Sealion Splash; go elephant crazy with the popular Elephantastic!

Dunstable, Bedfordshire LU6 2LF Tel 0344 225 1826

Wrest Park

Explore the evolution of the English garden with a stroll through 90 acres and three centuries of landscape design at Wrest Park. From dazzling parterres and fragrant borders, to sweeping views and woodland walks, Wrest Park is a real treat for the senses. Zip along to the children's play area, take tea in the café and explore the hidden treasures in the archaeological stores.
Silsoe, Bedfordshire, MK45 4HR