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Bedfordshire – Famous for Luton Airport and the R101

First mention of the County appeared in the 11th century. After the Romans departed, the Angle settled in Bedfordshire (in the 5th century). Following the Norman Conquest, the County has seen a number of conflicts, including the English Civil War.

One of the many famous people connected to Bedfordshire was an English Christian writer and preacher, John Bunyan, who wrote The Pilgrim’s Progress and was born in Elstow in 1628. He also served in the Newport Pagnell garrison during the English Civil War.

Bedfordshire is also home to London Luton Airport. which has often been at the receiving end of a humorous TV advert in the past. However, one of the visible landmarks in the County is perhaps the two huge former airship sheds in Cardington. The first shed was built in 1915 by Short Brothers to build airships, but the second shed came from Norfolk where it was dismantled and re-erected in 1928. Unfortunately, following the crash of the R101 in 1930, killing 48 of the 54 onboard, all work on airships in Britain stopped.

Reasons to visit Bedfordshire

There are many areas of historic value to see, as well as plenty of picturesque villages, which have not been spoilt by modern technology. Some of the places to visit include the remaining part of Bedford Castle built by Henry I (12th century), Bedford Park, the Sheds (or hangars) at Cardington, Dunstable Downs (the highest point in the County at 797 feet and offering a panoramic view), Elstow Moot Hall, Leighton Buzzard Light Railway, Luton Hoo, RAF Henlow, The Shuttleworth Collection (containing a variety of old and well-preserved aircraft), Whipsnade Wildlife Park, Woburn Abbey (country house) and last, but not least, Woburn Safari Park.

Entertainment and Dining in Bedfordshire

No shortage of entertainment in Bedfordshire, which has several theatres, casinos, many nightclubs and plenty of pubs. There are many different eating places like Coffee and More in Leighton Buzzard, La Dolce Vita (Italian) in Luton and the Blue Ginger in Bedford.

Accommodation in Bedfordshire

The County offers Guest Houses, B&Bs, Self-catering apartments and camping sites. Hotels include The Old Palace Lodge Hotel in Dunstable, the Embankment Hotel in Bedford and the Premier Inn Luton Airport at Luton.