Bedfordshire is a county about an hours drive north of London, and there are plenty of historic and interesting places to visit in Bedfordshire on a day out.
With the counties of Cambridgeshire to the north-east, Northamptonshire in the north, Buckinghamshire in the west and Hertfordshire in the south-east, this area has some of England’s most beautiful countryside, including many historic villages and a number of stately homes, and there are some great places to go walking.
Both the M1 Motorway and the A5 (Roman Watling Street) run through Bedfordshire, and also main railway lines running north out of London pass through the county, so getting to Bedfordshire is relatively easy.
National Trust Properties in Bedfordshire
There are 3 National Trust properties in Bedfordshire:
Dunstable Downs, Chilterns Gateway Centre and Whipsnade Estate
Dunstable Road, Whipsnade, Bedfordshire LU6 2GY
Telephone: 01582 500920
This is a wonderful outdoor site on the spectacular Chiltern Downs, a chalk ridge that overlooks the Vale of Aylesbury.
It’s a great place to fly kites, take a walk, or sit back and watch gliders soaring over the downs, having taken off from the nearby airfield.
There is also a monthly Farmers Market and a wide program of other events.
Whipsnade Tree Cathedral
Whipsnade Tree Cathedral, Whipsnade, Dunstable, Bedfordshire LU6 2LL
Telephone: 01582 872406
This is an incredible outdoor cathedral that was created after the First World War in a spirit of “faith, hope and reconciliation”.
Willington Dovecote And Stables
Willington, near Bedford, Bedfordshire
Telephone: 01480 301494
This is a wonderful 16th century stone dovecote and stables, that are alongside the church in the scenic village of Willington.
Other Visitor Attractions in Bedfordshire
Bedfordshire has a lot of other visitor attractions, including:
Whipsnade Zoo near Dunstable, which is a companion to London Zoo and which covers 600 acres on the Chiltern Downs.
The Shuttleworth Collection which is one of the most prestigious aircraft museums in the world, due to the number of old aircraft there, dating back to 1909.
Luton Hoo is an old stately home built in the 1700’s by the famous architect Robert Adam, and the gardens were landscaped by Capability Brown.
Woburn Abbey is the ancestral home of the Duke of Bedford, and the house and gardens are open to the public. Also in the grounds you can visit the famous Woburn Safari Park.
About The National Trust
The National Trust is an independent charity in the UK that helps to protect and open to the public over 350 historic houses, gardens and ancient monuments.
The charity also looks after forests, woods, beaches and farmland, as well as archaeological sites, castles, nature reserves and historic villages.
The National Trust has over 3.6 million members, and a team of 55,000 volunteers.
More than 14 million people pay to visit National Trust properties annually, and 50 million are estimated to visit open air sites.
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Bedfordshire on Wikipedia
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