More About Bedfordshire
Bedfordshire has a mix of lively towns, historic villages and rolling countryside. Although one of the smallest counties in England, Bedfordshire is not short of attractions and is close to central London as well as other tourist hotspots like Cambridgeshire and Oxford. People of all ages and interests are able to enjoy a picnic in one of the many open green spaces or visit the animals at one of the wildlife parks including Woburn Safari Park, Whipsnade Zoo and the Bird of Prey Centre. The beautiful Chiltern Hills overlook much of the county and have been officially designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Bedford is the largest town in the region and it has a rich history dating back over a thousand years. In the town you can find many attractions and things to do, such as museums, parks and other landmarks, which are easy to explore when staying at one of the holiday cottages in Bedfordshire.
Bedfordshire is full of interesting and exciting attractions and activities, from the tranquil Dunstable Downs to the adrenalin-pumping Bedford Autodrome and everything in between. The county is most famous for its wildlife parks, with Whipsnade Zoo and Woburn Safari Park among the best in Britain, but it also has some hidden gems like Whipsnade Tree Cathedral and Priory Country Park. Its proximity to London also means it is the location for activity centres such as the London Gliding Club and Bodyflight, the world’s largest indoor skydiving wind tunnel.
Things to Do in Bedfordshire
We want you to enjoy the best that Bedfordshire has to offer and so here's a selection of our favourite things to see and do;
Whipsnade Tree Cathedral
Planted in the shape of a church, the Whipsnade Tree Cathedral is a unique garden created to honour the memories of those who died during World War I. Its grass avenues form areas such as the nave, chancel and chapels, while different species of trees form the pillars and walls. The garden is a beautiful setting for a walk, with lots of nooks and crannies to explore, or a picnic on lush green grass. The Tree Cathedral is used for religious services and ceremonies such as weddings.
The formal gardens of Wrest Park in Bedford offer a fascinating history of landscape gardening over the last 150 years. There is a rare example of an 18th century wooded walk with canals, a woodland garden, orangery, and Italian garden with magnificent statues. There are also a number of buildings to explore such as bath house and Chinese pavilion. The manor house is a great example of French architecture, and looks stunning set against the Bedfordshire countryside. Wrest Park is open weekends from April to October.
Feel what it is really like to hurtle through the sky at speeds of up to 180mph at Bodyflight, home to the world’s largest indoor skydiving wind tunnel. A great day out with family and friends, you can learn the basics of skydiving without having to jump out of a plane thousands of feet in the air. Bodyflight also features a wave simulator that allows you to surf or body board indoors, a 125ft high BASE jump simulator, and an advanced racing simulator.
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