Welcome to Bedford

Bedford is an historic market town and is county town of Bedfordshire. At the last census, the Borough of Bedford had a population of 157,479.

The town sits on the River Great Ouse and is only 46 miles from London, 25 miles from Cambridge, 19 miles from Northampton and 17 miles from Milton Keynes. It’s the perfect hub to access lots of local culture but also to experience all the region has to offer.


The history of Bedford

Bedford is a pretty amazing place for history buffs! It has been a market town from the early Middle Ages and the Anglo-Saxon King, Offa of Mercia, who is remembered for building Offa's Dyke on the Welsh border, was buried in 796 in what is now the Church of St Paul. In 1660, John Bunyan was imprisoned for 12 years in Bedford Gaol and it was there that he wrote The Pilgrim's Progress.



Transport in Bedford provides links between the town and other parts of England. Road access to the town is provided by the A6 and A421 roads. The town is served by two railway stations and a network of bus services.

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As of September 2018, all of the towns’ schools have converted to a two-tier education system making it easier to move children from one school to another.

Secondary Schools

The secondary schools currently...

Bedford has it all. As well as great places to eat and drink, it’s vibrant night life also offers great places to watch live music or theatre.

Bedford Corn Exchange

Bedford Corn Exchange is the...

There are lots of great green spaces to enjoy in Bedford, the two main ones being Bedford Park and Priory Country park.

Bedford Park

Bedford park is the town’s largest urban park and has been awarded Green...

Bedford has a variety of landmarks that make it stand out above other towns. And, although it’s not a landmark, an interesting thing to note is that seals have occasionally been reported as far inland as Bedford!

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