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Things to do in Bedford

There are plenty of things to see and do both in and around Bedford, from museums and ancient relics, to beautiful outdoor spaces and brilliant late night entertainment.

Woburn Safari Park
Just a windscreen’s width away from rhinos, giraffes, lions, tigers, elephants, monkeys and lots more plus the action-packed Wild World Leisure Area. There are 8 daily animal demonstrations and shows during the season and Rainbow landing, where parrots fly down to feed from visitors’ hands, plus more animal encounters and Sea lion Cove, and Land of the Lemurs

Boat trips on the river
The John Bunyan Boat offers trips along the river during the good weather and from the Barns hotel as well.  

The boat offers a variety of cruises, including trips to The Anchor at Great Barford, tasty cream teas, and scheduled cruises during which you can take time to see the river, the banks and the countryside from a unique perspective.

Bedford Castle Mound & Embankment Gardens
The Embankment, Bedford

The remains of the Saxon Castle Mound were given a facelift in May 2004 and offers visitors stunning views over the River Great Ouse and the Embankment. The traditional formal Victorian gardens provide a colourful array of flowers and foliage along one of England's finest river settings.

River Great Ouse
There is little doubt that Bedford's river is the jewel in her crown. The River Great Ouse winds its way through the town giving Bedford what has been described as one of the finest riverside settings in England and is the setting of the Bedford River Festival which takes place every two years

Priory Marina Country Park
300 acres of beautiful country park just one mile from Bedford Town Centre. This pleasant country park features a 200-berth marina with its own gift shop situated next to a pub, restaurant and hotel. The Priory Marina offers riverside walks, cycle tracks, boating facilities and more.

Woburn Abbey
One of the finest houses in England, Woburn Abbey has been the home of the Dukes of Bedford for more than 450 years. Set in a 3000-acre deer park, it was built in the mid-12th century and extensively altered by Henry Holland, the Prince Regent’s architect, in the mid-18th century. The Abbey contains an important and extensive art collection including paintings by Canaletto, Rembrandt, Holbein, Velazquez and many others.

Milton Keynes

Have a shopaholic in your midst?  Not only is Bedford Town great for high street shopping, we are only a short bus ride/car journey to the wonder that is Milton Keynes Shopping centre.  Jump on the X5 and be there within 30 minutes!