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Bedfordshire is a historic county in the East of England, interestingly due to the location it is one of the drier counties in England with only 23.5 inches of rainfall a year February generally being the driest month. The county is also home to Paula Radciffe who has held the world record for the womens world marathon since 2002.

Population of Bedfordshire

Top 3 Places to Visit in Bedfordshire

Bedford

Bedford Bedfordshire England United Kingdom

Bedford is the county town of Bedfordshire with a long-standing interesting history.

The town was once home to the Bedford castle built by King Henry I but destroyed in 1224 from a siege ordered by King Henry III. Not much of the castle remains as the king ordered the complete destruction of it, however, part of the mote and the lime kiln can be seen.

The River Great Ouse runs straight though Bedford adding a great deal of character to the town, many hotels, shops and restaurants are lined along the banks of the river making it the perfect place to sit and relax on a nice day.

Crossing the river you will find Bedford stone bridge which was built after 1811 and the original was destroyed, the bridge has an interesting architecture with 5 arched tunnels running through it.

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Luton

Luton Bedfordshire England United Kingdom

Luton is a large town in England that is home to one of the UK’s busiest airports London Luton Airport, there is a nice mix of attractions in the town from historical sites to nature sites you are sure to find things you will love here.

The wardown park is said to be the gem of Luton, this riverside recreational park has to much going on with a large boating area, museum and beautiful grass areas where you can relax by the riverside.

All along the river’s edge are stunning weeping willow trees offering the perfect shade in the summer. The park is just a short walk from the town centre so it is the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of the town if needed.

Stockwood Park is another stunning park in Luton, the park stretches over 100 hectares containing a craft museum, formal gardens and even has golfing facilities on site.

In the town centre, you will find a brilliant range of shops and restaurants to suit all tastes as well as good connections direct to London.

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Leighton Buzzard

Leighton Buzzard Bedfordshire England United Kingdom

Leighton Buzzard is in a beautiful location in Bedfordshire lying just beneath the Chiltern Hills, one of the most beautiful places here in Leighton Buzzard is Rushmere Country Park.

The park is a natural adventure land for both adults and children with miles of ancient woodland to explore, trees to climb and hiding places for family games of hide and seek!

There are a total of seven play areas dotted around the park that children will just love! There are also nature trails that you can follow as well as sculpture trails, horse riding and cycling.

At the heart of this historic town, you will find the waterborne shopping centre which has a great range of high street shops and individual unique shops.

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Location of airports in Bedfordshire

London Luton Airport

Bedfordshire to London Luton Airport

London Luton Airport is the nearest to Bedfordshire county. It is 28 miles away which takes approximately 36 minutes depending on traffic.

Nightlife

The night life in Bedfordshire happens in the center in Bedford.

You will find the usual chain of bars here along with a good mix of old pubs, one of the oldest being The Old Mill build in an original stone building.

One of the most interesting unique venues in Bedfordshire is the Empire, originally a chapel that dates back to 1806 the building is a grade II listed premises that has great character.

 

 

Scenery and places to see

There are many scenic places in Bedfordshire, country parks can be found all though the towns here; there are 7 in Luton alone!

One of the most beautiful places of natural beauty is Dunstable Downs and Whipsnade Estate, full of absolutely stunning rolling hills and wild grass land it is the perfect place for walks.  The area is especially stunning in Spring when all the flowers have bloomed.

 

History

Bedfordshire has a lot of history, wars have taken place here especially during the destruction of Bedford Castle where evidence of weapons and battles were discovered.

But history here goes back even further than that, just at the edge of Dunstable Downs you will find The Five Knolls and ancient Neolithic burial mound that was discovere in 1850’s and further excavated in the 1920’s.

Upon excavation it was confirmed that the mound was in fact an old burial mound dating back to the Neolithic and Bronze Age periods then again reused during the Roman period, with over 60 skeletons found with hands tied behind their backs!