Visit Luton and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Luton, Bedfordshire, is the largest town in the county. It is very prosperous, famed for its straw-plaiting and straw-hat-making which began in the 17th century. It has its own airport.
In the centre of the town is Wardown Park with many amenities, including a large boating lake and a county cricket ground. The Victorian mansion, Wardown, is an art gallery and museum, housing many exhibits of local interest from the Stone Age to the present day.
The Town Hall, built in 1934 of Portland stone, with a clock tower rising to 144 ft. is a fine building. Water Tower, in West Hill Road, is one of the most pleasing buildings in Luton. In Moat Lane at Biscot is Moat House, the one remaining medieval house in the town, with a fine roof of c. 1500 and embattled collars and purlins. By way of Copt Hall will be found the ruins of Someries Castle, built by Lord Wenlock in the 15th century. It still has a brick gatehouse, a brick chapel and other features of interest.
Dray's Ditches, near the South Bedfordshire golf course, have a linear dyke about half a mile long. In the excavations have been discovered Bronze Age urns and Iron Age pottery and ditches. Half a mile north of Leagrave station is Waulud's Bank, an earthwork abutting on the River Lea. Inside a broad flat-bottomed ditch have been found Neolithic Rinyo-Clacton pottery fragments. Long Barrow is in the recreation ground of Sundown Park and stands over 7 ft high.
The town has many Victorian and modem churches. The chapels include the Union Chapel in Castle Street, early Victorian and one of the best buildings in Luton, with three bays and giant Greek Donc columns at the entrance.
St Mary's Church is the town's link with the past and one of the largest churches in England. it is a magnificent building begun in the 13th century and enlarged in the 14th and 15th centuries. The exterior is of flint and stone chequer-work. The tower has a stair-turret. The elaborate Wenlock Chapel is very high and in two tiers, and opposite is the little chantry chapel of Richard Barnard, vicar in 1477, with an ornate vault. The octagonal font is of Purbeck marble c. 1330-40 with a majestic font canopy which contains a vault. There are several fine screens and the stalls in the chancel have carved heads on the arm-rests. There is a wealth of monuments, all of interest.
Nearby towns: Dunstable, Harpenden, Hemel Hempstead, Hitchin, Stevenage, Welwyn Garden City
Nearby villages: Barton-le-Clay, Edlesborough, Kensworth, Holywell, Markyate, Redbourn, Toddington, Wheathampstead, Whipsnade
Have you decided to visit Luton or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Luton bed and breakfast (a Luton B&B or Luton b and b)
- a Luton guesthouse
- a Luton hotel (or motel)
- a Luton self-catering establishment, or
- other Luton accommodation