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Best things to do in Bedford

Discover the city through the eyes of locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Movie Theatre
“Very close cinema. If you're happy to head into town, visit Vue instead, which is brand new.”
1local recommendations
Museum
“Surprising collection. Recommend Arts and Crafts furniture, prints and drawings. Excellent shop and cafe.”
6local recommendations
Lodging
“A recent discovery - D'Parys was perfect for a special meal out with our teenage girls.”
4local recommendations
Lodging
“Ideal place for a pleasant walk - the river bank is lovely and well-looked after and there are flotillas of swans and other water birds frequenting this stretch of the river all year round. Good place for a picnic or combining with a perfect lunch at De Parys Restaurant”
4local recommendations
Museum
“Bedford is the home of John Bunyan, the author of the world-famous 'Pilgrims' Progress'. A fascinating museum - well worth a visit.”
3local recommendations
Hotel
“A fantastic natural location with a myriad of rivers and lakes. The Priory Country Park is a huge sprawl of nature and activities - from bike hire, to long walks, to boating and bird-watching. A 5 minute walk away from the well maintained paths and you are in the middle of English countryside. Or head further into the built up areas and find yourself at Bedford's own Marina! Getting to the location is easy, and only 15 minutes by foot from the property.”
1local recommendations
Park
“A big park with a small lake, children's play area and a coffee shop - a lovely spot ”
2local recommendations
Indian Restaurant
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“Three Rooms is a 120 seater Indian restaurant that offers a unique and casual dining experience, situated in the heart of Bedford's town centre. Dishes are derived from Traditional Moghul Cuisine, cooked in an authentic style. At Three Rooms food philosophy is driven by a desire to present the eclectic and expansive Indian repertoire, bursting with flavour and originality, as a multi-sensory dining experience. Takeaway is possible, booking is recommended.”
3local recommendations
Restaurant
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“An unexpectedly excellent cafe, with great home-cooked lunches and fantastically low prices. This cafe is a hidden gem, easily the best in Bedford, and is a 2 minute walk from the property.”
1local recommendations
Restaurant
“Fresh kebabs / meze sharing plates, big plates, walking distance, normally tables are available but would recommend to book Friday or Saturday nights”
3local recommendations
Pub
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“Friendly, family run and recently renovated upmarket restaurant and pub. Great for drinks and the lunch time and evening meals are fantastic. Very friendly staff. Occasional live music and open mic nights (check with the pub for their most up to date schedule). This pub is a 2 minute walk from the property.”
1local recommendations
Premise
“Friendly pub in a trendy Castle Quarter with a great atmosphere for a proper drink”
2local recommendations
Flower Shop
3local recommendations
Street Address
“A lovely local convenience store just over the road from the property. Sells all the essentials you may need during your stay. The owner's name is Shin and a personal friend of your host. He is very friendly and always interested to hear about your stay.”
1local recommendations
Park
“Only a short ride in the car and with parking Pub restaurants and many different types of walk long, short, lake or forest”
1local recommendations
Restaurant
“What a real treasure, such a lavish, niche family run independent top class restaurant. Usually have to book well in advance- but always worth a call to see if they have space ”
2local recommendations