Bedford Tourism Office


Bedford has a vibrant Town Centre offering shoppers a range of high quality shops, many unique independent retailers, along with major retailers and departments stores.

The Harper and Howard Centres attract millions of shoppers a year and have a range of shops all under one roof. The pedestrianised area includes many well known names such as Debenhams, Marks and Spencers, BHS, Boots and Primark as well as Beales department store.

For more information on the shopping offer in Bedford visit

To assist you in the town centre The Bluecaps are easy to recognise and are happy to help with any enquiries you may have. To find out more about the BedfordBid and BED:SAFE initiatives call 0800 013 0339 or visit

Services in the town include, ladies, gents and disabled toilets along with baby changing facilities.

Disabled Access
The geography of Bedford means that the town centre and its immediate environment are remarkably level, which has obvious benefits for people with mobility problems.
The Howard Centre offers a Shopmobility Scheme. Tel: 01234 348000

Visitors will find ample car parking facilities, as well as frequent Park and Ride services from the edge of town. Click here for more information

Henry II granted Bedford it’s Charter in 1166, making it the 2nd oldest Charter in the country and our market culture is still strong today. Speciality markets such as Gourmet Food, Home and Garden, Continental and monthly farmers, artists and arts and crafts markets alongside the twice weekly Charter Market are held in Harpur Square and St Paul’s Square.

Castle Quay

Castle Quay

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