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Visitor Information

Bedford Visitor Information

Whether you like high-octane thrills or you're interested in history and the arts, if you want to entertain the family, or simply want to relax and enjoy quiet, unspoilt countryside, come and visit Bedford and north Bedfordshire.

The county town of Bedford is in one of England's smallest counties, flanked east and west by tourist hotspots like Oxford and Cambridge and just a 40 minute train journey from central London.

Renowned as having one of the finest riverside settings in the country, enjoy panoramic views of the River Great Ouse from the restored Castle Mound; all that remains of Bedford castle, which was destroyed in the siege of 1224.

 

How to Get Here - By Road

Bedford lies 50 miles north of London on the A6 London/Carlisle road; the A1 and M1 lie to the east and west respectively. Cambridge is a 40 minute drive to the east via A428. To the west are Milton Keynes (25 minutes), Buckingham (35 minutes) and Oxford (75 minutes) via A421.

 

By Rail

Two rail operators serve Bedford from London St Pancras:-

The Thameslink service (60 minutes) and East Midlands Trains service (40 minutes) 

Through services from Gatwick (120 minutes) and Brighton (135 minutes)

Access from the north from stations including Leicester (45 minutes) and Nottingham (80 minutes)

To plan your journey visit: www.nationalrail.co.uk or call 08357 484950. 

 

By Bus

Frequent service on the X5 from Cambridge, Oxford and Milton Keynes

To plan your journey visit: www.traveline.info

 

The Bedford Travel and Tourism Centre closed on 31st March 2017

For information on how to access services please see below:-

Rail tickets

Purchase at a rail station or online at: www.nationalrail.co.uk National Rail Enquiries:08357 484950

 

National Express

Book tickets at Bedford Post Office (in McColls Newsagents) near the Bus Station, or online:

www.nationalexpress.com National Express: 0871 781 8181

 

Boat bookings on the 'John Bunyan' boat

The Box Office (Bedford Corn Exchange), Harpur Suite, Harpur Square, Bedford 01234 718044

John Bunyan Boat 01946 690301 or online: www.johnbunyanboat.org

 

Guided Walks

The Box Office (Bedford Corn Exchange), Harpur Suite, Harpur Square, Bedford 01234 718044

 

Safford's Day Trips

Contact Safford's Coaches directly on 01767 677395

To view the day trip brochure visit: www.saffordscoaches.co.uk

 

Love Bedford Town Centre Gift Vouchers (provided by BedfordBID)

Purchase online: www.lovebedford.co.uk

Purchase in person: The Swan Hotel on the Embankment: www.bedfordswanhotel.co.uk  

Arcadia sweetshop in the Arcade:  www.arcadiasweetshop.com

 

Theatre Tokens

Purchase at WHSmith or Waterstones

 

Borough Travel Aid

Will be issued from the Customer Service Centre, Horne Lane, Bedford

 

Accommodation Information

Bedford and the surrounding areas has a range of accommodation from hotels, bed and breakfast and self-catering.  Please view the following sites for details:

Trip Advisor

Trivago

Booking.com

 

 

Don't Miss

Kite Festival

Bedford Borough is a vibrant area to live in with an abundance of leisure opportunities for residents and visitors. We pride ourselves on offering a fantastic programme of cultural events throughout the year, and providing a wide range of affordable health opportunities, through our quality parks, award winning leisure centres and sports development work.

 


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