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ZSL Whipsnade Zoo (Dunstable)
Ranked #1 of 42 attractions in Bedfordshire
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Zoos/Aquariums
Owner description: Enjoy an epic day out at the UK's largest Zoo. Set in 600 acres of panoramic scenery and rolling Chiltern Hills, and with... more » Owner description: Enjoy an epic day out at the UK's largest Zoo. Set in 600 acres of panoramic scenery and rolling Chiltern Hills, and with over 2,741 unique animals and 193 different species ZSL Whipsnade Zoo is a group adventure you will never forget! See the elephants on their daily walk around the Zoo, view the majestic rhino in their huge paddock, meet our lion pride, spot the cheetahs as they speed by and don't forget to look up our lofty giraffes too! « less
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Ranked #2 of 42 attractions in Bedfordshire
Category: Gardens; Specialty Museums; Museums
Owner description: Pay a visit to Shuttleworth in Old Warden and you will have a day out to remember. Shuttleworth houses a unique flying... more » Owner description: Pay a visit to Shuttleworth in Old Warden and you will have a day out to remember. Shuttleworth houses a unique flying collection showcasing the first one hundred years of flight. Illustrating the history of flight from the early 1900s to the 1950s, you will see how the aeroplane operated in the pioneering years, was rapidly developed during World War I, was used for sport, pleasure and business in the 1920s and 30s and once again became a fighting machine in World War II. You can see fascinating examples ofaircraft ranging from the 1909 Bleriot XI to Supermarine Spitfire and the Hawker Sea Hurricane. Then you can explore one of England's most delightful (and unknown) historic gardens, the Swiss Garden, created in the 19th century, when an interest in ornamental gardening and picturesque architecture first came together. The Shuttleworth Visitor Centre is a great place to pick up some fantastic gifts, or just relax with a cup of tea and a spot of lunch in the restaurant overlooking the airfield. « less
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Ranked #3 of 42 attractions in Bedfordshire
Category: ; Specialty Museums; Museums
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Ranked #4 of 42 attractions in Bedfordshire
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Zoos/Aquariums
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Wrest Park (Luton)
Ranked #5 of 42 attractions in Bedfordshire
Category: Historic Sites; Cultural
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Dunstable Downs (Dunstable)
Ranked #6 of 42 attractions in Bedfordshire
Category: Parks; Outdoors
Owner description: Soar above a breathtaking landscape, sculpted over time, decorated by nature and enjoyed by generations.Stand on top of... more » Owner description: Soar above a breathtaking landscape, sculpted over time, decorated by nature and enjoyed by generations.Stand on top of Dunstable Downs for a view that will simply take your breath away. These Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) are designated for the quality of their chalk grasslands.As well as two Scheduled Ancient Monuments (Five Knolls and Medieval Rabbit Warrens) there are many other historical features and the site has much to offer you.The chalk grasslands of the Downs have miles of footpaths and several circular walks, a fascinating history and an abundance of plants and wildlife.Dunstable Downs is within the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and the highest point in Bedfordshire.The wind-swept ridge provides ideal conditions for a variety of air sports, especially kite flying. On calmer days it's the ideal site to enjoy the view and a picnic.Please note: Chilterns Gateway Centre is owned by Central Bedfordshire Council and managed by the National Trust. « less
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Ranked #7 of 42 attractions in Bedfordshire
Owner description: This is amazing encapsulation of the airfield and the surrounding area as it was in WWII. It is one of the most impressive... more » Owner description: This is amazing encapsulation of the airfield and the surrounding area as it was in WWII. It is one of the most impressive memorials to the US aircrew who flew from the UK I have ever visited. « less
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Ranked #8 of 42 attractions in Bedfordshire
Category: Historic Sites; Golf Courses; Outdoors
Owner description: Woburn Abbey has been the home of the Earls and Dukes of Bedford for nearly 400 years and is now home to the 15th Duke and... more » Owner description: Woburn Abbey has been the home of the Earls and Dukes of Bedford for nearly 400 years and is now home to the 15th Duke and his family. Alongside the world class collection of art, the house contains the fascinating stories of the people who have shaped the history of both the Abbey and the nation; including the ‘creation ‘ of Afternoon Tea. The Gardens, with a twenty year restoration programme, are of equal splendour with 28 acres of Repton designs to be explored and discovered.Throughout the year Woburn also hosts a series of events including: classic cars rallies, The Woburn Abbey Garden Show, summer theatre, the country fair, vintage airplane rally and autumn deer walks. « less
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Ranked #9 of 42 attractions in Bedfordshire
Category: Forests; Outdoors
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Ranked #10 of 42 attractions in Bedfordshire
Category: Parks; Outdoors
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Box End Park (Bedford)
Ranked #11 of 42 attractions in Bedfordshire
Category: Water sports; Outdoors
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Ranked #12 of 42 attractions in Bedfordshire
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Ranked #13 of 42 attractions in Bedfordshire
Category: Museums
Owner description: Wardown Park Museum is situated in the beautiful landscaped Wardown Park, on the outskirts of Luton town centre. The museum... more » Owner description: Wardown Park Museum is situated in the beautiful landscaped Wardown Park, on the outskirts of Luton town centre. The museum offers a range of displays including the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment Gallery and the popular Luton Life Gallery. The museum also holds around four temporary exhibitions a year on different subjects. Wardown Park Museum also holds events and activities for all ages and interests throughout the year.A cosy tearoom serving drinks and snacks and museum shop selling souvenirs, local history publications and old photographs is located on the ground floor. « less
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Ascott House (Leighton Buzzard)
Ranked #14 of 42 attractions in Bedfordshire
Category: Historic Sites; Cultural
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Jordans Mill (Biggleswade)
Ranked #15 of 42 attractions in Bedfordshire
Owner description: Jordans Mill is a new venue with Cafe, Historic Water Mill, Landscaped Gardens, Shop and Conference Facilities located just... more » Owner description: Jordans Mill is a new venue with Cafe, Historic Water Mill, Landscaped Gardens, Shop and Conference Facilities located just outside Biggleswade, Bedfordshire. It offers freshly made locally sourced food, Informative tours of the historic mill and gardens and a sunny decked verandah overlooking the Ivel River. « less
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Ranked #16 of 42 attractions in Bedfordshire
Category: Parks; Outdoors
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Ranked #17 of 42 attractions in Bedfordshire
Category: Museums
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Panacea Museum (Bedford)
Ranked #18 of 42 attractions in Bedfordshire
Owner description: Discover the amazing story of the unique religious community who created their own Garden of Eden in the centre of Bedford.... more » Owner description: Discover the amazing story of the unique religious community who created their own Garden of Eden in the centre of Bedford. Open every Thursday between 11.30 am and 3.00 pm and the first Saturday in the month between10.30 am and 4.00 pm from March till October inclusive. Free admission « less
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Ranked #19 of 42 attractions in Bedfordshire
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Ranked #20 of 42 attractions in Bedfordshire
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Ranked #21 of 42 attractions in Bedfordshire
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The Higgins (Bedford)
Ranked #22 of 42 attractions in Bedfordshire
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Rushmere Country Park (Leighton Buzzard)
Ranked #23 of 42 attractions in Bedfordshire
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Swiss Garden (Biggleswade)
Ranked #24 of 42 attractions in Bedfordshire
Category: Gardens; Outdoors
Owner description: The Swiss Garden is a late Regency, nine acre garden, which is adjacent to the Shuttleworth Collection. The garden was... more » Owner description: The Swiss Garden is a late Regency, nine acre garden, which is adjacent to the Shuttleworth Collection. The garden was created by the third Lord Ongley between 1820 and 1835, and is laid out in the romantic and Swiss picturesque style. « less
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Leighton Buzzard Railway (Leighton Buzzard)
Ranked #25 of 42 attractions in Bedfordshire
Category: Scenic Railroads; Landmarks
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Stockgrove Country Park (Heath and Reach)
Ranked #26 of 42 attractions in Bedfordshire
Category: Parks; Outdoors
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Ranked #27 of 42 attractions in Bedfordshire
Category: Casinos/Gaming
Owner description: Grosvenor Casino Luton is a vibrant and diverse leisure destination which boasts an a la carte restaurant, sports lounge and... more » Owner description: Grosvenor Casino Luton is a vibrant and diverse leisure destination which boasts an a la carte restaurant, sports lounge and late night bar which regularly hosts a variety of live entertainment. The casino also offers a comprehensive gaming experience, with numerous Roulette (including electronic terminals), Blackjack & Poker tables, plus popular Slot machines to ensure all your gaming needs are met for all level of player. Find us off Park Street West where we have free parking for all our customers and are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. « less
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Henlow Park (Henlow)
Ranked #28 of 42 attractions in Bedfordshire
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Ranked #29 of 42 attractions in Bedfordshire
Category: Trails; Outdoors
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Shortmead House (Biggleswade)
Ranked #30 of 42 attractions in Bedfordshire
Category: Historic Sites; Cultural
Owner description: Shortmead is an elegant manor house, with its origins in the 16th century and set in twenty acres of grounds. Located in... more » Owner description: Shortmead is an elegant manor house, with its origins in the 16th century and set in twenty acres of grounds. Located in Bedfordshire, it is one of Biggleswade’s best kept secrets. In a tranquil setting with open vistas and positioned on the outskirts of the town, yet the house is conveniently located just off the A1 motorway and close to a mainline railway station. « less
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