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So what is about Bedfordshire which makes it seem so, well, unglamorous is perhaps the kindest description. Perhaps it is the proximity of its more glamorous neighbouring counties that detract? It is positioned amongst Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire, home to the Chiltern Hills, Aylesbury, Cambridge University and St Albans to mention just a few of the destinations of note that England has to offer. Ok there?s also Northamptonshire, a neighbour which has an equivalent dearth of talent when it comes to heritage and attractions, but three out of four aint bad!

But should you chose Bedfordshire as your destination of pleasure, the most noteworthy town (for noteworthy read biggest) is Luton-and that is most famed for the Martini advertisements of the early 80?s ?Were you truly wafted from paradise??-?Nah Luton Airport? ( whatever happened to Lorraine Chase?) or Eric Morecombe (now there?s a true legend!)

And yet, with a little delving, I?m sure the county will have a few treasures-no, it has no Cities and therefore no Cathedrals, but I?m told it does have heritage and history if one is patient and diligent. To its eternal credit though, it does act as home to two of the best attractions the UK has to offer.

Whilst Bedford Castle and Luton Hoo are apparently worth a mention in passing, I have no personal experience of visiting. But Whipsnade Animal Park and Woburn Abbey/Safari Park are, by many accounts, as fine family attractions as England has to offer. Both wildlife parks offer animals in a setting that, whilst not the wild for which they were intended, is exponentially better than the traditional zoo confines traditional associated with animals in captivity.

But that, I?m afraid, from this viewpoint, is that in terms of Bedfordshire-although I?m sure fellow VTer?s can put me straight on the delights I am missing here!

  • Last visit to Bedfordshire: Apr 2009
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • MikeBird's Profile Photo
    Aug 25, 2009 at 7:02 AM

    Donna, Enjoyed your description of Bedfordshire: a county known for having more interesting neighbours! All the best, Mike

  • Suzze's Profile Photo
    Jun 11, 2009 at 12:28 PM

    Lovely pics of the animals x


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