Holiday Cottages in Bedfordshire

Offering a blend of urban and rural areas, from historic market towns to picturesque countryside, Bedfordshire is a great destination for a UK getaway in the East of England. Packed full of child-friendly attractions, enchanting history and outdoor activities, this region is a wonderful place for a romantic getaway with your partner, a family holiday with the kids or a weekend break with friends. Keen walkers can enjoy scenic hikes in the Dunstable Downs, part of the Chiltern Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, while nature lovers should head for one of the region's many country parks and nature reserves, such as Harrold-Odell Country Park or RSPB The Lodge Nature Reserve. For a fun family day out, look no further than Woburn Safari Park. This self-drive safari features over 300 acres of parkland, home to white rhinos, tigers and black bears. Looking for something a bit more romantic? How about a serene boat ride on the River Great Ouse or a stroll through the 3000-acre deer park at Woburn Abbey? From a relaxing break in a luxury barn with a private hot tub to a dog-friendly getaway in a self-catering farmhouse, our Bedfordshire cottages are ready to welcome you and your loved ones for a memorable holiday in England.

The Chiltern Hills AONB in Bedfordshire, England

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Things to do in Bedfordshire on your UK holiday

Explore family-friendly attractions and activities...
If you're looking for something to entertain the whole family, especially if you're wildlife enthusiasts, then Woburn Safari Park is an absolute must-visit. Families can spot a wide range of exotic animals on the self-drive safari, such as lions, elephants and monkeys, to name a few. There is also a walk-through safari, with keeper talks and demonstrations, and numerous play areas that will keep little ones entertained for hours! If you fancy another walk on the wild side, why not take the kids to ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, near Dunstable. Set in the Chiltern Hills AONB, it's the sister zoo to London Zoo and is home to over 3,5000 animals. When the British weather isn't being so kind, it's great to have a few indoor activities up your sleeve. Combine fun and learning with a trip to Stockwood Discovery Centre. Based in Luton, this cultural and historical museum is set in the beautiful grounds of Stockwood Park, and has a range of exhibitions about local history, archaeology, crafts and the arts. There's a children's play area, plus special events and workshops are held throughout the year. Our Bedfordshire holiday cottages range for cosy 1-bedroom boltholes to spacious farmhouses for the whole family, including your furry friend!

Visit historic sites and landmarks...
With a rich heritage spanning many centuries, Bedfordshire is sure to delight history buffs and culture vultures with its diverse range of sites and landmarks. Admire the impressive architecture at Woburn Abbey and Gardens, a former Cistercian abbey with extensive grounds, or explore the enchanting gardens and mansion of Wrest Park, an English Heritage site. Just across the border in Buckinghamshire's Milton Keynes, a short drive from Bedford, you can visit the iconic Bletchley Park, which played a crucial role in World War II as the main site for British codebreakers. When it comes to museums and galleries in Bedfordshire, there are plenty of options that appeal to a wide range of interests, from the Panacea Museum in Bedford, which gives insights into the religious community of the Panacea Society and its unique spiritual practices, to the Shuttleworth Collection at Old Warden Aerodrome, with its impressive array of vintage aircraft and vehicles. Start planning which sites you want to visit then browse our selection of Bedfordshire holiday cottages to find your ideal base in the perfect accommodation.

Discover scenic countryside and open green spaces...
Whether you're looking for a challenging hike in the hills, a leisurely ramble through the forest or a peaceful picnic in the park, the diverse landscapes of Bedfordshire can deliver. Follow the Greensand Ridge Walk through picturesque heathlands and meadows, discover the chalk escarpment of the Dunstable Downs or go for a serene stroll along the River Great Ouse near Bromham Mill. The county is sprawling with enchanting nature reserves and country parks, from the birdwatching haven of The Lodge RSPB Reserve to the lakeside paradise of Priory Country Park. For free family fun in the sun, head for the open green spaces, children's playgrounds and pretty picnic spots in places like Russell Park, Bedford Park, Stewartby Lake and Harpur's Oak. Our Bedfordshire holiday rentals are dotted around the county, whether you want to stay in a cottage on the edge of the countryside, in an apartment close to town or in a holiday home in a quiet village. This is the perfect place to relax and get back to nature.

Countryside in Whipsnade near Dunstable in Bedfordshire, England