History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
The Cecil Higgins Gallery houses a fine display of porcelain, glass, and Victorian furniture, while next door neighbour Bedford Museum displays historical and archaeological artefacts from the area.
Bedford is rich in churches. Of note are a quartet of saints: St. John the Baptist, St. Mary, St. Paul, and St. Peter de Merton. There is also the Bedford School Chapel, an Edwardian red brick affair.
A few miles down the road from Bedford lies Woburn Abbey. The seat of the Dukes of Bedford, Woburn is a Jacobean house remodelled by Flitcroft and Henry Holland into a treasure house of ceramics, furniture, and paintings. A remarkable (or merely peculiar, depending on your viewpoint) 17th century grotto ends the tour.
Wild Britain Butterfly and Conservation Park, located in nearby Wilden, displays exotic species of butterflies and other wild creatures in 10 acres of wildflower meadows criss-crossed with nature trails. Follow Urchin the hedgehog on his adventures round the countryside.
Bedford's own museum should not be missed, containing as it does a diverse and fascinating overview of the natural and social history of the area.
Bromham Mill is a working 17th century water mill on the River Great Ouse. The mill buildings also host an art gallery and craft centre.
Stevington Windmill is the only working windmill in the county of Bedfordshire. The mill was built in 1770 on a ridge above the River Ouse, and was restored in 1951. Stevington is a fine example of a "post-mill", where the entire upper body of the mill turns on a central post to keep the sails oriented into the wind. Location: off the A428, 4 miles NW of Bedford.
Cecil Higgins Gallery
Address: Bedford, Bedfordshire, England
Attraction Type: Town
OS: TL049 497
Photo Credit: M J Richardson, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
Bedford, St. Paul Church - 0.1 miles (Historic Church)
Bedford Castle - 0.2 miles (Castle)
Higgins Art Gallery & Museum - 0.2 miles (Museum)
Bedford, St Mary's Church - 0.2 miles (Historic Church)
Bedford, St John the Baptist Church - 0.4 miles (Historic Church)
St. Peter de Merton - 0.5 miles (Historic Church)
Bedford School Chapel - 0.9 miles (Historic Church)
Elstow Moot Hall - 1.4 miles (Museum)
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