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This new tour takes us around Bedford and its surrounding Shires. With the River Great Ouse running through it, the thriving market town of Bedford is the perfect destination! There’s plenty of time for retail therapy too with a visit to one of the oldest and largest markets in England, as well as some time spent exploring Cambridge.


Thursday We collect you from your home to meet our tour coach and begin the journey to Bedford, arriving late afternoon at the Bedford Swan Hotel.

Friday Today we head to Northampton, home to many beautiful gardens, parks and churches. There will be a chance to explore Northampton Market which is one of the oldest and largest in England. It received its first market charter in 1189! Once you’ve finished exploring the market you are free to enjoy the architecture and cityscapes while grabbing a bit of lunch. In the afternoon, we travel on to Milton Keynes where we will visit the Central Milton Keynes Shopping Centre where you can enjoy some modern retail
therapy before we return to our hotel to relax for the evening.

Saturday This morning we enjoy some time in our local surroundings in Bedford. With our hotel beautifully, placed right on the riverside, there are plenty of lovely sights to see within the town. Perhaps see the historic sites such as the John Howard statue or the Bedford Castle Mound. This afternoon we visit Letchworth Garden City. In the town centre, you’ll find the perfect mix of attractions with independent
stores and cafes. Perhaps enjoy lunch and relax in the open air of Howard Park or the Broadway Gardens.

Sunday Our excursion today takes us to Cambridge, home to the prestigious University of Cambridge which was established in 1209. Today we can enjoy the beautiful sights and perhaps enjoy a punt tour or the visit the famous University. Following our visit we then travel back to the hotel via Royston Garden Centre. Take time to enjoy a hot drink, indulge in some retail therapy or just wander through the flowers and plants.

Monday After a final breakfast at the hotel, we check out and head back to Wiltshire.


The Bedford Swan Hotel, Bedfordshire

The Bedford Swan Hotel is a historic 18th Century spa hotel in Bedfordshire. The perfect destination for a relaxing getaway with leisure facilities including both a hot tub and spa. Many of the rooms enjoy views over the Great Ouse riverside. All bedrooms are en-suite and have a TV, Wi-Fi and tea/coffee making facilities.


  • 4 nights Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
  • Luxury coach travel
  • Home pick-up
  • Excursions and visits