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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Cinema
“Very close cinema. If you're happy to head into town, visit Vue instead, which is brand new.”
  • 1 local recommends
Museum
“Surprising collection. Recommend Arts and Crafts furniture, prints and drawings. Excellent shop and cafe.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Museum
“Bedford is the home of John Bunyan, the author of the world-famous 'Pilgrims' Progress'. A fascinating museum - well worth a visit.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Lodging
“A recent discovery - D'Parys was perfect for a special meal out with our teenage girls.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
“What a real treasure, such a lavish, niche family run independent top class restaurant. Usually have to book well in advance- but always worth a call to see if they have space ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Lodging
“Ideal place for a pleasant walk - the river bank is lovely and well-looked after and there are flotillas of swans and other water birds frequenting this stretch of the river all year round. Good place for a picnic or combining with a perfect lunch at De Parys Restaurant”
  • 4 locals recommend
Park
“Bedford Park is a large urban park, located in the town of Bedford, Bedfordshire, England. The park is the largest urban park within the town, and it is owned and maintained by Bedford Borough Council. Bedford Park was constructed and planted in the 19th Century, as the town of Bedford expanded northwards. The park was developed at the same time as Bedford's first municipal cemetery, which is located directly to the north of the park. Today, the cemetery is no longer used as a major burial ground for the town. The park however is still very much in use. The general Victorian design of Bedford Park has been maintained to this day. The park has many mature trees and shrubs, as well as herbaceous borders and naturalised bulb borders (including daffodils, wood anemones and crocuses). The park's original bandstand is still in use, as is the original cricket pavilion, which is maintained along with a full size cricket pitch. Other sporting facilities at the park include areas for tennis, football, rounders and basketball. There is also a bowling green. Robinson Pool is located in the southwest corner of Bedford Park, and is the main public swimming pool in Bedford. Other facilities at the park include two children's playgrounds and a café (open summer weekends only). Bedford Park was awarded Green Flag status in 2007 & 2008, joining Priory Country Park to become the second park in Bedford to win the prestigious national award.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Premise
“Friendly pub in a trendy Castle Quarter with a great atmosphere for a proper drink”
  • 2 locals recommend
Museum
“A truly odd experience, a free museum that preserves the memory of a Bedford cult that only ended in 2012. Beautiful location, esoteric content and friendly staff.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Indian Restaurant
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“Three Rooms is a 120 seater Indian restaurant that offers a unique and casual dining experience, situated in the heart of Bedford's town centre. Dishes are derived from Traditional Moghul Cuisine, cooked in an authentic style. At Three Rooms food philosophy is driven by a desire to present the eclectic and expansive Indian repertoire, bursting with flavour and originality, as a multi-sensory dining experience. Takeaway is possible, booking is recommended.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Hotel
“A fantastic natural location with a myriad of rivers and lakes. The Priory Country Park is a huge sprawl of nature and activities - from bike hire, to long walks, to boating and bird-watching. A 5 minute walk away from the well maintained paths and you are in the middle of English countryside. Or head further into the built up areas and find yourself at Bedford's own Marina! Getting to the location is easy, and only 15 minutes by foot from the property.”
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
“Fresh kebabs / meze sharing plates, big plates, walking distance, normally tables are available but would recommend to book Friday or Saturday nights”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“An unexpectedly excellent cafe, with great home-cooked lunches and fantastically low prices. This cafe is a hidden gem, easily the best in Bedford, and is a 2 minute walk from the property.”
  • 1 local recommends
Gym
  • 1 local recommends
Street Address
“A lovely local convenience store just over the road from the property. Sells all the essentials you may need during your stay. The owner's name is Shin and a personal friend of your host. He is very friendly and always interested to hear about your stay.”
  • 1 local recommends
Pub
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“Friendly, family run and recently renovated upmarket restaurant and pub. Great for drinks and the lunch time and evening meals are fantastic. Very friendly staff. Occasional live music and open mic nights (check with the pub for their most up to date schedule). This pub is a 2 minute walk from the property.”
  • 1 local recommends

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“What a real treasure, such a lavish, niche family run independent top class restaurant. Usually have to book well in advance- but always worth a call to see if they have space ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Fresh kebabs / meze sharing plates, big plates, walking distance, normally tables are available but would recommend to book Friday or Saturday nights”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
“An unexpectedly excellent cafe, with great home-cooked lunches and fantastically low prices. This cafe is a hidden gem, easily the best in Bedford, and is a 2 minute walk from the property.”
  • 1 local recommends
Indian Restaurant
“Three Rooms is a 120 seater Indian restaurant that offers a unique and casual dining experience, situated in the heart of Bedford's town centre. Dishes are derived from Traditional Moghul Cuisine, cooked in an authentic style. At Three Rooms food philosophy is driven by a desire to present the eclectic and expansive Indian repertoire, bursting with flavour and originality, as a multi-sensory dining experience. Takeaway is possible, booking is recommended.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Pub
“Friendly, family run and recently renovated upmarket restaurant and pub. Great for drinks and the lunch time and evening meals are fantastic. Very friendly staff. Occasional live music and open mic nights (check with the pub for their most up to date schedule). This pub is a 2 minute walk from the property.”
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
“This is one of the best places to eat. It's a family run business and when ever I get a chance to spend some time with my family , we do visit Baja's. ”
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
  • 3 locals recommend
Café
“Authentic Italian food with the freshest ingredients. What sets this place apart is passion for freshness. Every week owner travels to London’s markets to source the freshest produce. They even have their very own in house gelateria serving fifteen authentic Italian style ice creams and sorbets (try mango, raspberry or watermelon - our favourite!) And if that wasn’t enough they make own fresh pasta, stuff own ravioli and make every drop of beautiful salsas from scratch. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner most days (check on the website for full opening times!). Normally possible to get in without booking, but booking is still recommended to guarantee your table. Lunch, coffee and ice cream - no booking needed.”
  • 1 local recommends

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