Car hire in Bedford
Car hire in Bedford
Bedford is the historic county town of Bedfordshire, located around the banks of the Great River Ouse between a number of popular tourist destinations. Easy to get to and from and near the M1 motorway, it is a fine base for exploring the south-east, east of England and the East Midlands.
What I need to know
There are several Bedford car rental firms and all are within easy reach, as it is a fairly small town. With free cancellation, customer support and a record of helping over five million customers in 170 countries, we can enable you to compare car hire services in the town and get the best deal.
Where to pick up my car
Bedford car hire firms are all in or near the town centre, making them easy to reach and ensuring you can start your journey close to Bedford's attractions and amenities. Alternatively, those picking up a car via an airport rental firm can do so at Luton Airport (LTN) terminal building.
“The pick-up was easy, it took 5 minutes from arriving at the desk to driving out the car, and the return took even less time.”
Where to go
Bedford has a range of historic attractions, as well as an attractive riverside with plenty of parkland alongside it and footbridges to help visitors explore.
The John Bunyan Museum features artefacts and writings from the life and times of the author, who is famous for writing The Pilgrim's Progress and lived in the town.
The town lies close to a range of fascinating places, with the historic university city of Cambridge to the east, while to the west lies Milton Keynes, which includes Bletchley Park, now a visitor attraction, where Britain's second world war codebreakers worked. To the south is Luton and Dunstable, the latter famous for its scenic downs.
Longer drives offer easy access down the M1 to London or up to Nottingham, home of the legendary Robin Hood. East Anglia has spectacular cathedrals in Ely, Peterborough and Norwich, with the latter city next to the Broads, a popular area of artificial lakes and a great place to go for a boat ride.
Eating and drinking
Bedford has a wealth of restaurants and bars, with many located in and around the historic medieval heart of the town. However, there are many more places to eat and drink on either bank of the river, with these offering outdoor tables that provide a great waterside experience in the summer.
Things to do
As well as the John Bunyan Museum, the Higgins Art gallery and Museum offers a fine insight into the town and its history. The building is based in a former brewery. There is also a boating lake by the river.
A few miles from Bedford, the Shuttleworth Collection houses a superb collection of vintage vehicles and aircraft, including some of the earliest ever to take to the skies.
In addition to the riverside, the town features the wetland habitat of Priory Park, a lovely oasis of lakes, pools, marshland and streams. It is a particularly good place to enjoy bird watching, with several hides and a variety of waterfowl.