A county town with stature, Bedford started life as a ford on the River Ouse with a population of nearly 140,000. Bedford is closely linked to its surrounding areas and landscapes of Bedfordshire, and has been shaped by its central location in the east of England.
Bedford is believed to be the burial place of Offa of Mercia, an important Saxon king. However, it’s impossible to mention Bedford now without a nod to its Italian heritage too.
The town is surrounded by lush countryside, such as the Greensand Ridge, Forest of Marston Vale and Dunstable Downs.