Bedford is located in the East of England, in the county Bedfordshire, and is a large county town with a lot to offer the holidaymaker. Things to see include Bedford Castle Mound, which is the remnant of Bedford's medieval castle and is located within easy walking distance of the town’s centre.
The town’s largest urban park, Bedford Park, is located directly to the North of the centre of the town with many of its original Victorian features still intact, which includes a cricket pavilion and bandstand. Bedford Park and Priory Country Park are both stunning days out and have been awarded Green Flag status.
Local history can be explored within the Bedford Museum and the Corn Exchange houses the Harpur Suite exhibition hall and theatre. Bedford can be accessed by bus, rail and roads, as well as a park and ride system.
The Shuttleworth Collection, Old Warden Aerodrome, Beds SG18 9EP (01767) 627927
Located at the Shuttleworth (Old Warden) Aerodrome (an airfield still in use), The Shuttleworth Collection of bygone era aircraft is displayed across eight hangars.
On the same site there is a Swiss Garden showing 19th Century ornamental gardening and architecture; a Bird of Prey Centre; and a large playground for young visitors.
Woburn Abbey and Safari Park, Bedfordshire MK17 9WA (01525) 292148
Opened in 1970, Woburn Safari Park comprises a road safari (visitors can drive through lion-filled fields as many times as they like!), a foot safari (among smaller, less-dangerous animals!) and activity areas.
Woburn Abbey is located in the grounds of the Safari Park and is reputedly the birthplace of the English tradition of Afternoon Tea. After a drive among the wilds of Africa, you may just need a soothing cup.