Bedfordshire has a hidden beauty not immediately obvious and makes a greet place to visit for those who want to experience typical England away from the tourist traps. Milton Keynes is a new town created post war and has a wealth of modern buildings, shopping malls and a display of concrete cows and other bizarre statues in the most unlikely places.
It is also home to the Open University, one of the largest distance learning institutions in the world. At Sandy the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds has its headquarters and a number of excellent observation gardens. Visit Woburn for one of the country’s best known safari parks and a stately home, and Henlow for the Stondon Motor Museum with its huge private collection of cars.
In Bedford the county town, spend some time at the Wednesday and Saturday market and see the site of Bedford Jail where John Bunyan wrote the Pilgrim’s Progress. The 306th Bomb Group Museum in Bedford is an interesting part of military history, and on the site of the Tinwood Farm RAF Station the Glenn Miller Museum commemorates the place where Miller took his last flight to France. In Leighton Buzzard see the market town and the interesting Leighton Buzzard railway.
Children will enjoy the Mead Open Farm. Near Biggleswade visit the Swiss Gardens which were created in the 1820’s and are quite an atmospheric spot. The Birds of Prey Centre in this area is one of the largest in the UK, and the Vineyard at Biggleswade worth a visit for some of the local vintage. Experience the lively and multicultural Luton Carnival or the famous River Festival for a lively aspect of what Bedfordshire has to offer. Often overlooked as a holiday destination the canals and the museums are attractive to many people once discovered.