Retirement homes in Bedfordshire

From the captivating chalk ridges of the Chilterns to the busy towns of Bedford and Luton, buying a retirement property in Bedfordshire is an ideal way to start a new adventure.

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Retire to a county with a rich heritage to uncover

With stately manors, ancient ruins and a range of curious museums, it's no wonder that Bedfordshire is such a popular spot for choosing a retirement home.

You can visit the 18th-century Woburn Abbey, the seat of the Duke of Bedford, see the 700-year-old remains of the Augustinian Bushmead Priory, or take a tour of the massive Wrest Park estate, inspired by historic Parisian houses.

You'll find the largest collection of horse-drawn carriages in Europe at the Stockwood Discovery Centre, over a hundred years of aviation history and aircraft displays at The Shuttleworth Collection, and exhibits on the traditional lace-making and hat-making industries of Luton at the Wardown Park Museum.

Discover a part of England that's full of nature and wildlife

From immense valleys to dedicated wildlife centres, you'll find plenty of greenery and diverse creatures to encounter around Bedfordshire.

You can hike up the chalk hills of Dunstable Downs, a part of the Chiltern Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, explore 300 acres of lakes and woodland at the Green Flag-winning Priory Country Park, or get involved with the community landscape-restoration projects around the Forest of Marston Vale and the Millennium Country Park.

You'll find more than 160 different species of birds at the Harrold-Odell Country Park, 350 acres of drive-through animal enclosures at Woburn Safari Park, and nearly 3,000 different animals at the hugely popular Whipsnade Zoo near Dunstable.

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Get out and about with Bedfordshire's arts, culture and shopping

Whether you're looking for touring musicals or speciality stores, there are plenty of things to keep you busy around the county.

You can catch ballet and film screenings at the Grove Theatre in Dunstable, comedy and classical music at the Corn Exchange in Bedford, and a mix of classic and contemporary art at The Higgins Art Gallery.

When you feel like treating yourself, you'll find more than 120 shops and restaurants at The Mall in Luton, over 20 unique shops set on cobbled streets at The Olde Watermill Dickensian Shopping Village, and a wide range of locally produced goods and crafts at the street markets at farmers' markets dotted around the county, such as the Leighton Buzzard Market or the Charter Market in Bedford.

Stay fit and active in rural Bedfordshire

From leisurely walking trails to scenic cycling routes, there are all sorts of opportunities to keep up an active retirement around the area.

You'll find boating and water-sports at the Wyboston Lakes Complex, countless miles of paths through the hills of Dunstable Downs, as well as almost 30 golf courses and nearly 20 tennis clubs spread across the county.

If you'd like to start a new adventure surrounded by green hills and busy towns, see if any of our high-quality retirement homes in Bedfordshire are a great fit: