Wrest Park Bedfordshire


Enjoy riverside walks, eclectic restaurants and a vibrant arts scene in this small but cosmopolitan town

For a tranquil small town in one of England’s smallest counties, Bedford is diverse, cosmopolitan and has a lot going on: sports, culture, history, the arts, festivals restaurants and shopping. As well as an idyllic riverside setting on the banks of the River Great Ouse, Bedford also boasts some truly beautiful green spaces like Goldington Green Park, Bedford Park and Bowhill Park. With the added bonus of its close proximity to London, Bedford is a fantastic option for retirement living.

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Bedford offers scenic walks by the River Great Ouse and around the Saxon Bedford Castle Mound and Embankment Gardens. You can also relax on the river with the John Bunyan cruiser.

The 17th Century preacher, John Bunyan plays a big part in Bedford history – his book, The Pilgrim’s Progress is thought to the first English language novel. You can learn all about him at the John Bunyan Museum. Culture vultures will also enjoy the Southbank Arts Centre, the Higgens Bedford, the remarkable Panacea Museum, Bedford Corn Exchange – for theatre, music and comedy – and the new Quarry Theatre.

Foodies will love Bedford’s Charter Market and the variety of places to eat in Bedford, from the popular Deshi Spice to the contemporary St Helena or the warming Caribbean gem, Jemz. Or why not unwind at the upmarket Swan Hotel Bedford?