Bedford Travel Guide

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Bedford Things to Do

  • River Festival

    This festival only occurs every two years and this year it has been well organised and well attended.There are a number of events on both land and water. There is dragon boat racing, competitions for the best "dressed" boat. There is a medieval village showing what life was like in those times. There are many food and drink stalls and the usual...

  • St Paul's Church

    One of Bedford's finest churches is St Paul's. Located in the center of Bedford, it's hard to miss with its tall spire.

  • Bedford Parks and the River

    Bedford is a very attractive town, with plenty of parks along the River Great Ouse. One can spend hours exploring them.

  • Bedford in Bloom - 2005!

    Once again – my short drive home from work starts off with another beautiful show of spring flowers, with design and hard work care of my local council – thank you!!Remember the black and white theme from 2004 – (see tip above)? Well this year it’s red and yellow!! Equally eyecatching, though unfortunately my pic does NOT do it justice – what will...

  • Bedford in Bloom - 2004!

    Here's a great example of the 'black & white' theme chosen by the town Mayor for 2004. It was one of several beautiful displays around the town. Unfortunately, these have now been cleared away to make way for another theme which will no doubt be as good as ever!Top marks to the designers and gardeners of course!NOW........see this year's pic!!...

  • Bedford's Embankment

    The River Ouse runs through the centre of Bedford. It has beautiful gardens for a whole mile alongside the road named appropraitely 'The Embankment'. A lovely park with a large childrens play area and also a boating lake are close by, making a visit here an enjoyable family passtime - plenty of geese and ducks to amuse kids too!Many visitors come...

  • Bedford River Festival

    The 2004 Bedford River Festival was held over 2 days during early July. This year was as good as they get! The weather held out and a great time was had by all!Check out '' to see pictures of events and fun moments at a previous festival.It is held every other year for a weekend in July (it always...

  • Butterfly Bridge

    The Butterfly Bridge in Bedford was completed in 1998 and is an attractive Pedestrian footbridge which crooses the River Ouse.It is an elegant twin arch design.

  • Bedford Corn Exchange

    The present Corn Exchange was opened in 1874. It has been used for many functions over the years and was also known as the 'Lombardo Hall' at the time when Glenn Miller and the BBC used the venue regularly during the Second World War.It is still a popular venue with both professional and amateur performers. It underwent an extensive refurbishment...

  • Elstow Church

    An added bonus behind the Moot Hall is this delightful little church. A typical English village church.

  • Elstow, Bedford

    Elstow is a small village on the southern outskirts of Bedford. It's main claim to fame is that it was the birthplace of John Bunyan who wrote the religious book The Pilgrim's Progress (the hymn Fight the Good Fight was inspired by the book).In the well preserved Moot Hall is the door to Bedford Gaol, where Bunyan was imprisoned for having radical...

  • Moot Hall, Elstow

    The Moot Hall at Elstow is beautifully preserved and a great example of the medieval (I think) main settlement building where trade etc was completed along with town meetings.As was common in that time the upper floor reaches out further than the lower one.

  • River Festival 2....Anyone for dinner?

    Here is a picture of the Medieval village at the River Festival.It was a very well done. Here you can see women making lunch.

  • Village church

    While vistingMoot Hall we came across this lovely church just across the green. It is in a tranquil location and is worth a visit if you are in the area. It is the Abbey church of St Mary and St Helena. It was founed in 1078 by Judith, who was the niece of William the first. John Bunyan was baptised here in 1628.

  • Beautiful Embankment

    The beautiful wide embankment has lots of lovely parks,swans and stretches from the High Street to Aspects leisure Park. It will be host to the Bedford river festival on 3rd and 4th July 2004 and promises to be better than ever.


Bedford Hotels

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  • The Knife & Cleaver

    Stayed at knife& cleaver on15th march 2012 service was excellent facilities perfect breakfast...

  • Menzies Flitwick Manor

    Church Road, (formerly Flitwick Manor Hotel), Flitwick, MK45 1AE, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Premier Inn Bedford

    Priory Country Park - Barker's Lane, Bedfordshire, Bedford, MK41 9DJ, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

Bedford Restaurants

  • Traditional Decoration

    There is friendly and cozy atmosphere in this traditionally styled English hotel restaurant. The staff are always friendly and never rush you!

  • Family Friendly Restaurant

    Friendly restaurant within a hotel. Victorian building in one of Bedford's prettiest roads. Lovely large garden with plenty of seating on the lawns and terraces - it gets very busy during the summer inside and outside.A discount card offering 2 for 1 and other deals is available for a nominal charge of £12 most of the year - good if you use the...

  • A Lively Place, With Great Customer...

    A great but healthy meal in a lively place is what you should get at Nando's. A little bit different in that you have to go to the counter with your table number and place your order - you pay then, or leave a credit card to keep the tab open.A chain restaurant with many branches to be found around the UK. This is what Nando's have to say about...

  • excellent beef wellington

    St Helena - Elstow Bedford one of the best resturants i have been to outside LondonParis House Woburn Abbey one of the best resturants i have been to outside LondonThe above rank highly in my 30 years of entertaining business and friends these are by far the best. location, surroundings, service and price, not to mention the food. there are none...

  • Restaurant De Parys Av

    The food is excellent and I will recommend it to a friend. My dish from the restaurant is the steak because its always well done.

  • Chicken, chicken and more chicken...

    OK so this is a chain of restaurants BUT they are consistently good value for money. Chicken is the most popular thing on the menu and is served in many different ways. Some of the dishes are very spicy... so you have been warned! I had the Mediterranean chicken salad and it was yummy. We also had some olives in garlic to start. The Sangria was...


Bedford Nightlife

  • Attractive pub

    The Flower Pot is an attractive cottage style pub a few minutes walk from the top of the High Street. The low ceiling, subdued lighting and quiet background music gave it a nice calm atmosphere. The clientele are mainly from the older generation and I found it a good place for a quiet beer and to write up some notes for my VT tips. There were three...

  • A great real ale pub

    For the real ale drinker just walking into this place gives you the wow factor that young kids would get when first encountering Santa's grotto or a funfair. I think I counted 14 handpumps 3 of which were cider/perry. The choice was probably biased towards Banks & Taylor but as their ales are generally not available round my way I had plenty of new...

  • Clubs and night life

    Head down to Oxygen in midland road for a good nights dancin in one of the latest clubs another is New York New York in St Peters street. Relaxed dress code, just tidy will do.


Bedford Shopping

  • Tickle your tastebuds

    Arcadia is a family business, Mum, Dad and daughter. The shop has been continually operating as a sweetshop in Bedford for over 100 years and the basic layout has hardly changed over that time. Relive childhood memories and rediscover what good old-fashioned sweets taste like. A comprehensive range of good quality bars of chocolate and handmade...

  • Shopping in Bedford

    This is Bedford's main shopping centre, at least in the town centre. It has most of the major chain stores found anywhere in Britain. You can find the same items that you would anywhere in the UK. About the same as in other shops in Britain.

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Bedford Local Customs

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    Hot Choc Fudge Sundae!!!

    by mazzap Updated Apr 14, 2005

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    Well it's not really a local custom - but it is with me, as every time I visit this restaurant in Bedford I have one!!

    Chocolate fudge brownies, hot choc sauce, vanilla ice-cream all crammed in and topped with loads of marshmallows and nuts..........and a very long spoon!!!!!

    To try this tempting and delicious desert, you will need to head for the De Pary's Hotel and Restaurant just on the outskirts of Bedford town centre. See more info on my Restaurant tips!!

    quick - it's melting!!
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Bedford Off The Beaten Path

  • Sit & Rest a While in Biddenham Village!

    At the beginning of one of the lovely village lanes where I live is this small wooden seat tucked away under a tree - I have never see anyone sitting here, but one day I am going to sit a while, just so I can say I did!!

  • Kathy Brown's Garden, Stevington

    A delightful Manor House garden which is designed and tended to by the owner, Kathy Brown. To be found hidden along a quiet lane in a small Bedfordshire village called Stevington.Kathy Brown spends many hours planning and tending the large and beautiful garden that surrounds her home. She is obviously a true expert in this field as she has had...

  • Sit a While in Biddenham Village

    At the beginning of one of the lovely village lanes where I live is this small seating area tucked away under a tree - I never see anyone sitting there, but one day I am going to sit on the bench for a while, just so I can say I did!!


Bedford Favorites

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    John Bunyan walked this street

    by nhcram Updated Jun 12, 2004

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    Favorite thing: This is Elstow High Street showing Tudor cottages. It conjurs up images of the times of yesteryear when John Bunyan would have walked these streets.

    Elstow High Street

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