Bedfordshire

Bedfordshire County  Council
County Hall
Cauldwell St
Bedford
MK42  9AP

County Town: Bedford
Population:  537,000
Area : 477 Sq miles, 1,236 Sq km
Principal Towns:  Luton, Bedford, Dunstable
Good For: Ideal day trips to London, driving  distance of Shakespeare and Birmingham
 
 

 
 
 With its southern borders only 30 miles from London,  the county of Bedfordshire is the gateway to the Midlands and East Anglia. Set  in a rich rural landscape, the county is an attractive place to live, work and  visit.

Overall, Bedfordshire has a population of about  560,000. Bedfordshire County Council provides services for a population of about  380,000 with a fifth living in the historic county town of Bedford, which lies  on the River Great Ouse. In 1997 Bedfordshire’s largest town, Luton, became a  unitary local authority.

There are many areas of outstanding natural beauty  and attractions, which include stately homes and gardens, woodland walks and  nature reserves, country parks and world-famous animal parks. The county enjoys  excellent transport links to London, the north and beyond.