Project IONA-Bedfordshire Cultural Attractions

Bedford Butterfly Park

A global Conservation Park with Tropical Butterfly House, Bugs Room, Nature Trails, Adventure Playground, Tea Room, Gift Shop and much more. Wander amongst beautiful butterflies and exotic blooms in our tropical house. See weird and wonderful creepy–crawlies in the bugs house. Outside, stop to feed the pygmy goats and rabbits before exploring our nature reserve. Other attractions include a tea room, gift shop, adventure playground and children’s activity barn

Bedford Castle

Bedford Castle is little more than an unrecognizable mound today, situated behind Bedford Museum in Castle Street. The castle was first built as a motte in the 11th century, and later a shell keep was added, to be followed by a round tower with curtain walls. The castle acted as an important administrative centre, and several Sherrifs of Buckinghamshire – yes, Bucks, not Beds – used it as their official seat.

Thurleigh Farm Centre

A working farm and children’s activity centre. See, feed and handle the farm animals. Also on site: indoor and outdoor play areas, mini quad bikes, pedal carts. Pony and tractor rides at peak times. Woodland walk with tree houses for children to play in. Tea room and Scarecrow Snack Shack.