Outdoors & parks

Boat trips on the river

The John Bunyan Boat offers trips along the river during the good weather and there are charters too by Bedford Swan Hotel.  

The boat offers a variety of cruises, including trips to The Anchor at Great Barford, tasty cream teas, and scheduled cruises during which you can take time to see the river, the banks and the countryside from a unique perspective.

For information on the John Bunyan Boat scheduled weekly public cruises and group charter hire please visit the website: www.johnbunyanboat.org or phone 0330 1239 511 for charter hire or 01946 817456 for public cruises.

Charters by Bedford Swan Hotel www.bedfordswanhotel.co.uk

The boat is also available for private hire for occasions such as weddings, birthdays and anniversaries, office parties and workplace outings, charity events and educational visits.


Bedford Castle Mound & Embankment Gardens

The Embankment, Bedford

The remains of the Saxon Castle Mound were given a facelift in May 2004 and offers visitors stunning views over the River Great Ouse and the Embankment. The traditional formal Victorian gardens provide a colourful array of flowers and foliage along one of England's finest river settings.


River Great Ouse

There is little doubt that Bedford's river is the jewel in her crown. The River Great Ouse winds its way through the town giving Bedford what has been described as one of the finest riverside settings in England and is the setting of the Bedford River Festival which takes place every two years. 

For details of attractions and events telephone Bedford Tourist Information Centre (01234) 718112.


Russell Park

Russell Park situated on the picturesque Embankment in Bedford Town Centre is a large open park offering football pitches, tennis courts, children's play areas and Pitch and Putt, as well as the friendly Kiosk serving fantastic coffee and tasty homemade snacks. 


Priory Marina Country Park

Barkers Lane, Bedford, MK41 9DJ
Tel. 01234 351931
Fax. 01234 273086

300 acres of beautiful country park just one mile from Bedford Town Centre. This pleasant country park features a 200-berth marina with it’s own gift shop situated next to a pub, restaurant and hotel. The Priory Marina offers riverside walks, cycle tracks, boating facilities and more.


Bedford Park

Park Avenue, Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK41 7SS
Tel. 01234 359469

A beautiful Victorian design with mature trees and a children's playground. Other facilities include tennis courts, football goals, basketball court and cricket pitch.


Woburn Abbey

Woburn, Bedfordshire
Tel. 01525 290333
Website. www.woburnabbey.co.uk

One of the finest houses in England, Woburn Abbey has been the home of the Dukes of Bedford for more than 450 years. Set in a 3000-acre deer park, it was built in the mid-12th century and extensively altered by Henry Holland, the Prince Regent’s architect, in the mid-18th century. The Abbey contains an important and extensive art collection including paintings by Canaletto, Rembrandt, Holbein, Velazquez and many others.


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