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Bedfordshire
Bedfordshire

Places to Visit

Bedfordshire

A little big county 

At its most southern point, Bedfordshire is only 35 miles from London Waterloo, so there’s a good reason for the UK’s fifth busiest airport to be called London Luton Airport. The county is one of England’s smaller in terms of area, but more than makes up for it in terms of business HQs and visitor attractions. Among the most popular of these, and among the top attractions in the UK, is ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, founded in 1931, and now covering around 600 acres.

Best of Bedfordshire

Along similar lines Woburn Safari Park opened more recently (in 1970) and is just over half the size. Fans of old flying machines or cars will enjoy a visit to the Shuttleworth Collection at Old Warden, a tiny village near Biggleswade. Among the oldest examples in the collection are a pioneering French Blériot XI from 1910, and a number of early French and German automobiles from the very late 19th century. Bedford itself is located on either side of the River Ouse, and has a large Italian population, descended from those who came to work at a local brick factory in the 1950s.

Recommended in Bedfordshire

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The Bedford Swan Hotel

This historic hotels oozes style and has meeting and spa facilities.
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The Heath Inn

This traditional Tudor-style inn has comfortable accommodation and a good range of cask ales.
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Wernher Restaurant at Luton Hoo Hotel

When only the full stately-home extravaganza will do, Luton Hoo is hard to top.