The historic market town of Bedford provides a whole host of local attractions catering for all interests. Below is a list of some of the key attractions locally, and if you want to keep up-to-date on local events, then log onto the Bedford Borough Council website.

History and Historic Sites

Bedford Christmas Victorian Fayre - FairgroundBeing an historic market town, Bedford has plenty of historical sites both in and around the town. The historic centre includes the old High Street, St Pauls Church, and of course the river front. The surrounding countryside also includes many historical buildings.

Main attractions: Cecil Higgins Art Gallery and MuseumElstow Moot Hall

Family Days Out

Bedford is a family-orientated place. Most attractions in and around Bedford cater for families well, and no matter what their interests there is always something to see and do – whether it be a walk in a park, or a walk on a farm!

Main attractions: The Kiln | Thurleigh Farm Centre


The historic town centre of Bedford is a must-visit for keen shoppers, with a mixture of high street stores and local independent shops. Combined with the frequent markets, including the twice-weekly charter market that frequent the town centre, you are sure to find something to suit you.

Main attractions: Bedford Town Centre

Art and Crafts

For budding artists, or fans of a variety of modern and historical arts, there is sure to be something in Bedford. Most of the town’s art attractions are located in the town centre, an easy walk from Bedford or Bedford St Johns stations. With long-standing exhibitions combined with specials from local and national artists, you’ll find something to your taste.

Main attractions: Bedford Creative Arts | Bromham Mill and Gallery | Cecil Higgins Art Gallery and Museum

Theatres and Nights Out

School Group and Church WindowWith our last train leaving Bedford just before 10pm, you can get a decent night out in Bedford. The best places to spend the night are in the town centre, with a variety of restuarants, theatres, and bars providing an enjoyable night out.

Main attractions: Bedford Corn Exchange

Parks and Gardens

Bedford takes great pride in its parks, and it shows, with all local parks maintained to a high standard, and with a wide variety of facilities. Our recommendation are the riverside parks – beautiful parks in a beautiful setting.

Main attractions: Priory Country Park | Bedford Parks


Whilst the Bedford Parks provide good opportunities to see wildlife in an urban setting, the nearby rural areas are great for getting back to nature. Bird watching, counting insects, spotting small mammals – whatever your interest there is something for you. And just a short bus ride from our stations.

Main attractions:  Bromham Lake Local Nature Reserve |  Bromham Lake Local Nature Reserve


Couple by the River Great OuseOne of Bedford’s least-known strengths is in sport. Whilst the likes of Paula Radcliffe grab the headlines, there are many sports on offer for all. Rugby (Union) is a particular favourite locally, and teams of rowers can often be seen practicing on the river.

Main attractions: Bedford Blues RFC | Bedford Town FC | Bedford International Athletics Stadium | Oasis Beach Pool | Bunyan Sports Centre

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