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One of the smallest counties in England and home of numerous Saxon Kings - Bedford is a small province situated in the eastern part of England that dates back to medieval times. It was the host of a high number of Saxon kings which facilitated this area’s development on the Great Ouse River. Bedford's economy is concentrated in commerce and has been the primary activity in this region throughout time.
Bedford Castle was constructed during the reign of William II between the years 1100 and 1130, but the construction only stood until 1224 when it was torn down in a battle for leadership of the area. Bedford Castle Hill is an immense building on the grounds of the castle and pays homage to fallen soldiers that protected Bedford Castle during the many battles that took place here.
Panacea Museum presents the story of the Panacea Society – a magnificent religious community established in the early 1900’s. The Society was born in 1919 and was founded by Mabel Barltrop, whose husband was murdered in the battle for Bedford Castle.
Explore this fantastic landmark and admire the amazing exhibits which include a metre long parchment written by Mabel Barltrop, which presents the simple principles of the Panacea Society.
Visit the famous Woburn Safari Park where you can admire exotic and endangered wildlife from Africa and Antarctica. Woburn Safari Park is a magnificent place to tour and is one of the largest establishments of its kind in England. The park is the host of numerous feline species like the Zambezi Lion, Cheetah and Bengal Tiger as well as more friendly species like Chimps, Otters and various small reptiles.
The Bedfordshire Canoe Trails are a “must see” if you are a fan of nautical sports. Be adventurous and take on the river as you cruise Britain’s gorgeous countryside. You can make countless stops and admire the fantastic sceneries that this incredible area offers or push on until you reach the Bedford waterfall which is the end of the Canoe Trails.
If you decide to visit Hertfordshire, then you have to experience the extraordinary traditional dishes and beverages that the local restaurants serve. Enjoy a lunch or a romantic dinner with your loved one and taste the varied menus of these quality restaurants: The Mill, Holiday Inn Express Bedford, Shakespeare, Bedford Swan, Tennyson House and The Barns Hotel.
Book a room in the best hotels that this area offers and enjoy the many spas, superb terraces, luxurious pools, fantastic views and British hospitality. The best hotels include names like Hampton Inn & Suites Manchester Bedford,
Best Western PLUS Executive Court Inn & Conference Centre, Radisson Hotel Manchester Downtown, La Quinta Inn & Suites Manchester, Quality Inn Merrimack and Holiday Inn Express and Suites Merrimack.