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Things to Do in Bedford Near Holiday Inn Express Bedford

Bedford is a lively and offers a range of cultural and recreational activities, including museums, theaters, parks, and shopping centres. It has good transport links to London.

Explore Bedford

Don't Go Home Without

Priory Park offers lush meadows, cool woodlands and peaceful lakes all in one place. Walk along the trails and explore the ruins of an old priory, set in the park. Birdwatchers will be in heaven with swans, herons and kingfishers flying around.

Must See

Woburn Safari Park, about 12 miles from the hotel, houses 80 species of animals. Drive through vast swathes of parkland recreating habitats such as the Northern Plains or the African Savannah, and see bison, lions and black bears. Park the car and take a walk among smaller mammals like meerkats and lemurs. Look out too for enclosures housing sea lions and penguins.

Must Do

Regularly changing exhibitions at The Higgins Bedford range from pre-Raphaelite art to wildlife photography. The museum is also home to collections of paintings and decorative objects. Get up close and personal with famous Bedfordians, such as John Bunyan, author of "The Pilgrim's Progress", and admire the works of 20th-century illustrator Edward Bawden, which span from linocuts to watercolours.

Local Tips

During warmer months, take in the sights of Bedford on The John Bunyan Boat, with a cruise along the River Great Ouse. Themed cruises include live music by local acts or an afternoon tea cruise. Great for a special occasion!

Nearby Attractions

  • Bedford Corn Exchange - 2.4 mi
  • The Higgins Bedford - 2.8 mi
  • Box End Park - 3.6 mi
  • Priory Country Park - 3.7 mi
  • Brewpoint Bedford - 3.7 mi
  • Herrings Green Farm & Bird of Prey Centre - 4.1 mi
  • Wrest Park Gardens - 8.5 mi
  • Woburn Safari Park - 10.9 mi
  • Gulliver’s Land - 15.3 mi
  • Leighton Buzzard Railway - 26.4 mi
  • Silverstone Circuit - 33.7 mi

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