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Bedfordshire has a rich heritage, with lots of places of interest close to Old Joe's. Here are but a few. For more ideas from the Visit East of England travel group, click here


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 Wrest park Logo 90 acres of magnificent gardens designed by Capability Brown in the 19th Century, Wrest Park near Silsoe is well worth a visit
 Woburn Safari Park Woburn Safari Park is set in the grounds of the magnificent Woburn Abbey. Visitors can drive through the park and get up really close to the animals, watch the bears being fed or even shadow a ranger for a day. Be warned - its so good, the average length of a visit is 5-7 hours.
Jordans Mill & Tea Rooms Tucked away on the banks of the River Ivel near Biggleswade, Jordans Mill is in the heart of rural Bedfordshire, minutes from the A1. Come and discover the Flour Mill, Riverside Café, The Mill Store, followed by the beautiful wild flower gardens.
 The Shuttleworth Collection The Shuttleworth Collection was created in 1928 by Richard Ormonde Shuttleworth. Situated in the quiet Bedfordshire countryside the eight hangars house Shuttleworth's world famous collection of aircraft, vehicles, motorcycles and bicycles. The aircraft are all kept in working condition and are demonstrated in regular flying displays.
One of the largest Birds of Prey centres in the UK. Over 300 birds to see. We specialise in providing a unique experience for all those important stages in your life. From Birthday Parties to Weddings, from Stag and Hen Parties to Special Anniversaries we can help to make the occasion something that you and your family and friends will not forget.
Hoo Hill Maze, Shefford Hoo Hill Maze is set in privately owned grounds within a small, secluded orchard. The Maze itself measures 30 metres square, and 2 metres high, with a 6 metre square centre. It was designed and planted in the summer of 1983 by the owner, John Brindle, using 1000 Golden Leylandii saplings.
Stotfold Mill Nobody is certain of the exact date, but it is likely that a watermill has stood on the site of the current Stotfold Mill beside the River Ivel for over a thousand years and it is certainly one of the oldest recorded buildings in the town.
  Hitchin Lavender farm is an attraction close to London with miles of lavender you are able to visit and walk through. Our lavender products are 100% lavender essential oil from our lavender fields.
  Hitchin Priory is a charming 14th Century building, set in 19 acres of magnificent gardens and parkland nestling on the River Hiz. Hitchin Priory is located just 3 minutes from Hitchin train station making it easily accessible, with free parking available when you reach the hotel.
  Whether visiting family and friends or here to enjoy a day out, there's plenty to see and do in Letchworth, the world's first Garden City. Planned to combine the best of ‘town and country' living, Letchworth Garden City offers something quite different, a unique heritage and some interesting places to explore.
Luton Hoo Over the years Luton Hoo has counted many heads of state and members of royalty among its visitors including Queen Mary, Edward VII and Lord Mountbatten. In 1947, the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh spent part of their honeymoon in one of the mansion's vast state bedrooms, and returned to celebrate future wedding anniversaries.
 Motte and Bailey Castle Motte and Bailey castle, known as ‘Toot Hill' (meaning "look out"). This comprises a large earth mound (the motte) with a water-filled ditch and two outer, defence areas (the baileys). The Grade 1 Listed parish church of St. Mary, which dates from the 11th century, also lies within one of the castle baileys.
 RSPB logo Sandy Lodge in Bedfordshire is the headquarters of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. A family day out, events include nature safaris and feeding the birds.
 British Schools Museum Housed in a set of unique buildings in Hitchin, the British Museum of Schools tells the story of elementary education in Britain from 1810 to 1969. Expect a hands-on day out which will include writing on slate and dipping your pen in an inkwell together with various puzzles and games.
 Wimpole Hall logo Wimpole Hall is set in a 2500 acre estate 8 miles south of Cambridge. Visitors to this stately home will be rewarded with stunning rooms and architecture and exquisite gardens.
 Queen Mother Theatre The Queen Mother Theatre is a modern purpose built venue situated in the Hertfordshire town of Hitchin. The theatre offers a varied programme of professional and amateur productions and is home to the Amateur Dramatic Society, The Bancroft Players.
 Leighton Buzzard Narrow Gauge Railway The Leighton Buzzard Light Railway is one of the few surviving narrow-gauge light railways and offers a 70 minute round trip from Pages Park to Stonehenge Works.
 Moggerhanger Park Moggerhanger Park is a Grade I listed building set in a 33 acre estate in the middle of the beautiful Bedfordshire countryside. Visitors can enjoy nature walks in the historic grounds, which include an Ice House, beautiful woodland and walled gardens.
 John Bunyan Museum John Bunyan is Bedford's most famous son, and many streets and buildings in the town still bear his name. The Bunyan Meeting House, built on the site of John Bunyan's original church includes this museum charting the life and times of Bunyan.
Chicksands Priory The Friends of Chicksands Priory (FOCP) was founded in 1975 by USAF personnel and British employees at RAF Chicksands. This was later expanded to include local people who were interested in the history of the Priory with the aim of making some improvements to the condition of the interior which had been suffering from neglect since it had become unoccupied as accommodation for military personnel.
 RAF Henlow Signals Museum This Museum attempts to tell the story of RAF signals. It is hoped visitors and signallers past, present and future can see something of the heritage upon which the Museum specialisation has been built. Whichever category you, the visitor falls into, we hope you will find your visit both interesting and informative.
  Dunstable Downs are part of the Chiltern Hills, in southern Bedfordshire in England. They are a chalk escarpment forming the north-eastern reaches of the Chilterns. At 243 m (797 ft), Dunstable Downs are the highest point of the county of Bedfordshire. The downs are used by gliders, kite fliers, hang gliders and paragliders in the area because of their height. The London Gliding Club is based at the foot of the downs.
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