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Located at the edge of the Chiltern Hills, Bedford is an attractive, historic town benefitting from its central position between London, Cambridge and the Midlands. The green, rural landscape surrounding the town offers a glut of golf courses and nature reserves, as well as Silverstone, one of the most iconic Grand Prix tracks in the UK. Bedford itself charms with its stone bridges, churches and traditional markets, while nearby Milton Keynes provides a dazzling variety of entertainment and shopping venues.

Things to see

Bedford city centre is a charming place, with old stone bridges crossing the pretty River Ouse and church spires punctuate the low, pastoral skyline. St. Paul’s Church is one of the oldest and most significant, dating back to the 13th century. There is a twice-weekly market in Harpur Square and St. Paul’s Square, which dates back to medieval times. With vendors cheerily calling out the deals on their local produce, it can seem that things have changed little over the intervening centuries. When you need a change of pace and a bit more excitement, visit Milton Keynes, where an indoor skydiving centre, cinema multiplex and vast shopping mall provide family-friendly entertainment and new experiences. For Grand Prix fans, or anyone with a need for speed, Silverstone race track is within easy reach. Here, you can take a supercar for a spin, or watch the professionals fly past at lightning speed.

Hotels in Bedford

Bedford hotels range from 4-star luxury resorts and grand house hotels to simple guesthouses and budget hotels. For a luxury stay with a wide selection of facilities, the larger upscale hotels will fit your needs. Featuring swimming pools, onsite restaurants and spa services, this type of accommodation also provides spacious, modern rooms fitted with modern technology, including Ipod docks and WiFi access. For a romantic getaway, one of the upmarket guesthouses would be perfect, where individually-designed rooms and 24-hour room service ensure a personalised, relaxed stay. Budget Bedford hotels offer great value for money, with free breakfast and parking included.

Where to stay

For a historic, romantic atmosphere, central Bedford is ideal. Besides the aesthetic pleasure of the town, there are plenty of local amenities – and everything is within walking distance. Hotels here are mainly independent guesthouses, with a few familiar brand mid-range hotels available too. If you’d rather stay in a more entertainment-focussed place, then Milton Keynes is the best option. With shopping centres, leisure venues and a vibrant nightlife, it’s a good place to party. Here, you’ll find a wide variety of budget hotels. If you have an early flight to catch, Luton offers plenty of hotels close to the airport.

How to get to Bedford

The closest airport to Bedford is London Luton, which receives flights from across the UK and Europe. It is just a 40-minute journey to reach Bedford. Direct train and bus services are available right from the terminal. You can also hire a car, and parking is generally not a problem in Bedford. Bedford is also very easy to access from central London, with frequent, direct trains from St. Pancras. This journey takes about 40-50 minutes, depending on the service. If you arrive at a different London airport, you can easily get to St. Pancras and continue your journey from there.