Named one of Sunday Times’ best places to live in 2019, thanks to its outdoor spaces and top-notch transport links, Bedford is a great choice for new home buyers. Located a speedy 41-minute train journey north of London, the market town has a history stretching back to the 8th century, when it was the burial place of an Anglo-Saxon king. After playing important roles in the lace and brewing industries, Bedford became an important engineering hub in the 19th century. Today, the many amenities and excellent transport links of Bedford make it a highly popular place to live, especially for commuters.
Great local amenities
Living in Bedford you’ll be able to enjoy plentiful shops and amenities, with the friendly feel of a market town. The main high street has a wide range of shops, there are dozens of independent local shops to be found in places such as The Arcade, and when it comes to larger chain brands the Harpur Centre has got you covered. The two weekly markets continue a long-standing and vital part of the town’s heritage, and for taking in a spot of culture in between shopping trips you could visit the museum, art gallery or cinema.
You’ll truly have the best of both worlds in Bedford –just minutes from the bustling town centre there are lovely areas of greenery for enjoying a walk, taking part in sports or just soaking up sunshine. To the north of the centre, Bedford Park is a scenic open space with a pond, café, and fields for cricket and football. Or, walk down the High Street to reach the river, where you can walk along the leafy Embankment to Russell Park, a landscaped field and gardens with tennis courts. A little further along the river you can spend hours exploring the 300 acres of lakes and wildlife walks at Priory Country Park.
Bedford is a great choice for families, thanks to the wide selection of schools and child-friendly facilities. A number of nurseries, primary and secondary schools mean children of all ages and abilities will be catered for, with several ‘Outstanding’ schools such as Priory Primary School and Bedford Free School, plus an international school and a school for children with special educational needs.
Fantastic transport links
Surrounded by the A6, A421 and A428, Bedford offers great road links to the surrounding area. Milton Keynes, Northampton, Cambridge and Luton can all be reached in well under an hour by road, while the nearby M1 puts the Midlands within easy reach too. Perhaps most enticingly, a frequent service from Bedford train station takes you to London St Pancras in just 41 minutes – ideal for commuters.
As well as many rail services the area is also well-served by bus routes, and the nearest airport is Luton, 22 miles away.