Set on a picturesque riverside, Bedford is a vibrant market town in one of England’s smallest counties.
The town enjoys panoramic views of the Great Ouse from its Castle Mound, which is all that remains of Bedford castle, destroyed in a siege in 1224.
Bedford’s rich rural location is home to plenty of natural beauty and visitor attractions, from stately homes and gardens to woodland walks – not to mention a world-famous animal park!
As a town, Bedford bucks the trend with its thriving high street and shopping centres. Numerous new cafes, gastropubs and museums are signs of the area’s rapid regeneration. It has a diverse population and cosmopolitan culture, particularly featuring people of Italian, Asian and Eastern European origin.
It is celebrated as a great place to live and work, achieving 83% in reviews on the property website Zoopla, where it is particularly well scored for ‘community & safety’, ‘parks & recreation’ and ‘schools & public services’.