If you’re looking for the perfect and easy day trip to take from central London, then look no further than the historic town of Bedford.
It’s a beautiful old market town with a lot to offer a day visitor, so make the most of your amazing location at the Signature Hotel Hyde Park London. You’re in a wonderfully central position meaning you can enjoy London and beyond.
Let’s take a look at how to spend the perfect day in Bedford!
To start your day head into Hyde Park for a quick taste of nature, then it’s time to head to Paddington Station in central London, where you can catch a direct train to Bedford.
The journey takes just over an hour, and you’ll be able to relax and enjoy the scenic views of the English countryside along the way.
Once you arrive in Bedford, the first stop on your itinerary should be the beautiful Bedford Park. This park, which was opened in 1888, is one of the largest and most popular green spaces in the area.
Take a leisurely stroll through the park’s lush gardens and wooded areas, and be sure to stop by the lake to watch the swans and ducks.
After a relaxing walk through the park, it’s time to get some culture at the Higgins Bedford. This museum, located in the heart of the town, is home to an impressive collection of art, ceramics, and other historical artefacts.
Spend some time exploring the galleries and learning about the rich history and culture of the region.
Once you’ve worked up an appetite, it’s time to sample some of the delicious food and drink that Bedford has to offer.
The town is known for its excellent selection of independent cafes and restaurants, so you’re sure to find something to suit your taste buds.
Whether you’re in the mood for a traditional English pub lunch, a spicy curry, or a decadent slice of cake, you’ll find it all in Bedford.
The River Ouse
After lunch, it’s time to take a stroll along the River Great Ouse (pronounced “Ooze”).
This picturesque river flows through the heart of Bedford, and there are plenty of scenic paths and bridges to explore. Take in the views of the historic buildings and bridges that line the riverbanks, and watch the boats and barges as they pass by.
Finally, no trip to Bedford would be complete without a visit to the town’s famous castle mound.
This hill, which is the largest man-made structure in Bedfordshire, offers panoramic views of the town and the surrounding countryside. Climb to the top of the mound for a stunning 360-degree view, and learn about the history of the castle and the people who once lived there.
As the sun begins to set, it’s time to head back to the station for your return journey to London to enjoy your London family hotels special offers.
With memories of beautiful scenery, fascinating history, and delicious food, you’re sure to have a day trip that you’ll remember for years to come; and you can spend the evening in your luxurious accommodation near Hyde Park London, the Signature Townhouse Hotel.