Destination guide

Why people love visiting friendly Bedford

Enjoy the churches and other features of Bedford. This welcoming city is known for its riverfront, lake and spas. Whether you're planning a family holiday, a trip with friends or a romantic retreat, HomeAway has a great selection of holiday homes. Many rentals come with a full kitchen and separate dining area, perfect if you need a space for entertaining.


Activities and attractions in Bedford

Are you hoping to discover attractions to visit while you're in town? Venture out of your cosy holiday rental and check out everything that makes Bedford a fun spot to go on holiday. Here are some of the most popular attractions to explore, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Colmworth and North Bedfordshire Golf Club (5.7 mi / 9.2 km)
  • Bedford Autodrome (7 mi / 11.3 km)
  • Santa Pod Raceway (8.4 mi / 13.5 km)
  • Wyboston Lakes Golf Course (9.3 mi / 14.9 km)
  • Woburn Safari Park (9.6 mi / 15.5 km)
  • Gullivers Land (12 mi / 19.3 km)
Natural features

Exploring the natural features in Bedford

Travellers enjoy Bedford for its riverfront and lakeside setting. Whether you're an active traveller or just want to take in the scenery, you'll be sure to find the perfect setting for your holiday in Bedford. Here are a few of the area's most eye-catching natural features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Bedford Park (0.9 mi / 1.4 km)
  • Swiss Garden (7.6 mi / 12.3 km)
  • Paxton Pits Nature Reserve (12.7 mi / 20.4 km)
  • Bletchley Park (14.6 mi / 23.5 km)
  • Salcey Forest (15.2 mi / 24.4 km)
  • Fermyn Woods Country Park (22.5 mi / 36.1 km)
How to get there

Travelling to and around Bedford

The nearest airport is in London (LTN-Luton), located 18.4 mi (29.6 km) from the city centre. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you might consider flying into Cambridge (CBG), which is 28.4 mi (45.7 km) away.

If you prefer to travel by train, Bedford Station, Bedford St Johns Station and Kempston Hardwick Station are the main stations in the area.

How many holiday rentals are available around Bedford?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 231 holiday lettings around Bedford. From 70 houses to 100 flats & apartments, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

Can I rent a town property in Bedford?

Quaint, charming and peaceful — village living is something to be envied. If this sounds like your sort of holiday, we can sort you out. HomeAway offers 32 village rental properties here. Open to other suggestions? HomeAway has loads more options to look through, including:

  • 29 city-centre holiday accommodation options.
  • 21 village holiday accommodation options.
  • 20 rural holiday accommodation options.

Can I rent an apartment in Bedford?

There's something eternally cool and chic about staying in an apartment like a local. Whether it's a sprawling view you're looking for or just an easy place to hang out, an apartment could be the ideal choice. HomeAway has 137 for you to browse here. How does £27 a night sound? That's what you could be spending if you don't put it off for too long! If that doesn't suit your squad's style, we have a range of other self-catering accommodation options to pick from, such as:

  • House: 89 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £29 per night.
  • Hotel: 56 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £35 per night.
  • Cottage: 25 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £71 per night.

Can I stay in Bedford in a large group?

It can be tricky finding the time to unwind with your closest family and friends. A group getaway is a fantastic opportunity to come together. If you were planning to kick back under the same roof, HomeAway has options to suit. Apartment holiday rentals are the most popular option here for large groups of travellers. Our extensive database currently has 17 available. The rental properties that are suitable for large groups here include:

  • If yours is a squad of 6, we offer 43 properties to rent suitable for that size. Spend a night for as little as £38.
  • Require a place for 5 guests? We have 28 that will suit. You can get one for as low as £50 a night.
  • Planning a trip away with a group of 8? We've got 26 holiday rentals that fit the bill. Prices begin at just £105 a night.

Your whole squad will be well catered to when you book your Bedford getaway through us!