Higgins Bedford, The

Castle Lane
Bedford MK40 3XD


The Higgins Bedford reopened in June 2013 following a major redevelopment. The Higgins showcases wonderful and varied collections including the Cecil Higgins Collection of fine and decorative arts, with its world-class watercolour and print collections and unique groups of work by the designers William Burges and Edward Bawden.

John Bunyan Museum & Library

Bunyan Meeting, Mill Street
Bedford MK40 3EU


The John Bunyan Museum tells the story of John Bunyan (1628 -1688), the renowned author, pastor and preacher. Visitors to the museum are able to take a walk through Bunyan's life and times.

Leighton Buzzard Railway

Page's Park Station, Billington Road
Leighton Buzzard LU7 4TN


The Leighton Buzzard Railway is one of the few surviving narrow-gauge light railways in England. It was built in 1919, using materials and equipment that were surplus from the War Department Light Railways that had supplied the battlefields in World War 1. Originally built to serve the local sand quarrying industry, the railway has carried a passenger service, mostly hauled by historic steam engines, since 1968.

Luton Culture

Wardown Park Museum, Old Bedford Road
Luton LU2 7HA


Luton Culture is an independent charity which looks after cultural provision in Luton, managing 12 venues and providing cultural services across Luton and surrounding area. We were set up in March 2008 and we employ nearly 300 people working across 12 sites.

Military Intelligence Museum, The

Defence Intelligence and Security Centre, Chicksands
Nr Shefford SG17 5PR


The Military Intelligence Museum displays key elements of the history of British Military Intelligence from the Boer War forwards. The central Collection in the museum is the Intelligence Corps Collection, which includes artefacts and special exhibits about the history and activities of the Corps as well as two specific displays: one recording the Honours and Awards received by members of the Corps and the other 'In the Name of the Rose,' a memorial to Corps members who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in the service of their Sovereign and their country.

Moot Hall

Elstow Green, Church End
Elstow MK42 9XT


Moot Hall is a medieval market house, originally built for the nuns of Elstow Abbey on the village green. Restored in 1950 by Bedfordshire County Council, Moot Hall is now a small, but beautiful museum.

Museum of the Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire Regiment Association

Wardown Park
Luton LU2 7HA


The Collection is on two sites, and family history and other researchers are recommended to contact Nigel Lutt first at Nigel.Lutt2@virginmedia.com or if urgent on mobile 0750 4015313 for advice. The response will be prompt (within one to three days) with the exception of holidays, which will not be notified in advance, and which will result in a delay of a week or two at most.

Panacea Museum, The

9 Newnham Road
Bedford MK40 3NX


The Panacea Museum tells the story of the Panacea Society, a remarkable religious community that existed in Bedford for almost a century. In the main museum building you can discover how the society was formed, what they believed and how they lived. You can also find out about Joanna Southcott and her sealed box of prophecies and why the Panacea Society campaigned tirelessly for the box to be opened.

Shuttleworth Collection, The

Old Warden Park
Biggleswade SG18 9EP


The Shuttleworth Collection - A Celebration of Flight was founded in 1928 by Richard Ormonde Shuttleworth. It is in a quiet countryside setting, actually on an old fashioned all grass aerodrome with eight hangars.

Stockwood Discovery Centre

London Road
Luton LU1 4LX


Stockwood Park Museum has been transformed into Stockwood Discovery Centre, a visitor and discovery centre with brand new facilities such as a cafe shop, extensive gardens, a children's outdoor discovery play area, changing exhibitions, and corporate venue hire. The new centre has an environmental theme running through it and host the current collections: the Mossman carriages, the biggest museum collection of this kind on display in the UK and fascinating displays about the history of the area including the former Stockwood House.

Wardown Park Museum

Old Bedford Road
Luton LU2 7HA


The museum is situated in a beautiful landscaped park and contributes to its charm by telling the story of Luton and its people such as the hat production and car industry, through displays,objects and old photographs. Home of the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire regiment museum and the many changing exhibitions.There is free parking at the museum and good disabled access including a lift to the first floor.