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The county of Bedfordshire, England



Woburn Abbey, Woburn

The county of Bedfordshire is situated just a short drive north of London with Hertfordshire to the south, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire to the north east and north west respectively and Buckinghamshire to the west. With its southern borders only 30 miles from London, the county of Bedfordshire is the gateway to the Midlands and East Anglia. Set in a rich rural landscape, the county is an attractive place to live, work and visit. There are many areas of outstanding natural beauty and attractions, which include stately homes and gardens, woodland walks and nature reserves, country parks and world-famous animal parks. The county enjoys excellent transport links to London, the north and beyond. Popular attractions in Bedfordshire include Woburn Abbey and Safari Park (Woburn),The Higgins Bedford, Wrest Park (Luton), Bromham Mill and Gallery (Bromham) and Houghton House (Bedford).

Where to stay and things to do in Bedfordshire

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Selected Bedfordshire hotels - Please Refresh for another random Hotel list

Flitwick Manor Hotel, Bedford
Woodlands Manor Hotel, Clapham
Woodlands
Manor Hotel
, Clapham
Old Palace Lodge Hotel, Dunstable,
Menzies Strathmore, Luton
Holiday Inn Garden Court, Sandy
The Pines Hotel, Luton
Holiday Inn Luton South, Luton
Cornfields Restaurant & Hotel, Bedford
Ibis Luton Airport, Luton

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Explore Bedfordshire Towns

Ampthil | Ampthill | Aspley Guise | Astwick | Bedford | Biggleswade | Billington | Bletsoe | Bromham | Brook End | Cardington | Clapham | Cranfield | Dunstable | Dunstable, | Eaton Bray | Elstow | Harpenden | Harrold | Henlow | Hitchin | Huntingdon | Kempston | Leighton Buzzard | Linslade | Little Barford | Loop | Luton | Luton Airport | Marston Moretaine | Meppershall | Milton Bryan | Milton Earnest | Moggerhanger | Northill | Old Warden | Radwell | Sandy | Sharnbrook | Shefford | Silsoe | Southill | St Ives | St Neots | Stopsley | Thurleigh | Tilsworth | Turvey | Wilstead | Woburn | Woburn Sands |

Bedfordshire Tourist Information Centres

Bedford Tourist Information Centre
10 St Paul's Square
Bedford, Bedfordshire
MK40 1SL
Tel: +44 (0) 1234 718112
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Dunstable Tourist Information Centre
Priory House
33 High Street South
Dunstable
Beds
LU6 3RZ
Tel: +44 (0) 1582 890270
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Sandy Tourist Information Centre
Sandy Town Centre Car Park,
off the High Street.
Sandy
Bedfordshire
Tel: +44 (0) 1767 682728
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Tourist Information Centre

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Famous people born, lived or buried in Bedfordshire

John Bunyan (1628-88)
English Author born in Harrowden in the Wixantree Hundred of Bedfordshire in 1628

Samuel Whitbread (1st)(1720-1796)
Born at Cardington and founder member of the Whitbread brewing company.

Commander Frank Wild (1874-1939)
The polar explorer and author of Shackleton's Last Voyage

Sir William Harpur
Lived in the 17th century and became the Lord Mayor of London. His statue stands near St Paul's church in Bedford

Charles Wells
A sea captain in the 1860s but later founded the now famous brewery.

Lady Margaret Beaufort
Born at Bletsoe Castle in 1443, she married Edward Tudor and became mother to Henry VII.

Ernest Edgar Blake (1879-1961)
Born in Bedford and a pioneer of motion pictures.

Henry Ryland (1856-1924)
Son of a Biggleswade draper and gained fame as a Pre-Raphaelite artist.

Glenn Miller
A surrogate son of Bedford. He was the leader of the American band of the Allied Expeditionary Forces and were based in Bedford during the second world war. A bronze bust can be found on the facade of the Bedford Corn Exchange. Glen Miller concerts remain on Bedord's calendar.

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