Dunstable’s Town Centre has many fine historic buildings. Before 1850 the town consisted of the crossroads of the Icknield Way and Watling Street. Today the Town still falls naturally into the four quarters demarked by the original ancient routes, with Church Street and West Street being the modern equivalent of the Icknield Way, and High Streets North and South (today’s main A5) Watling Street. The main exhibition at Priory House, Dunstable; 'The Town at the Crossroads' provides an invaluable insight into the town’s heritage whilst the Tourist Information Centre has an extensive selection of free literature and books to purchase on local history.
Below are the top local attractions in Dunstable:
ZSL Whipsnade Zoo is a zoo located at Whipsnade, near Dunstable in Bedfordshire, England. The park covers 600 acres (2.4 km²), making it one of Europe's largest wildlife conservation parks. It is home to 2,955 animals, many of which are endangered in the wild. The majority of the animals are kept within sizeable enclosures; others, such as the peacocks, the South American mara and Australian wallabies, roam freely around the park. The Zoo also has a golf club and is great for weddings, corporate events and can host up to 600 people.
A fun day packed with animal encounters and wonderful wildlife, Woburn has over 80 species of animals including lions, tigers and bears. Today it is an award winning attraction which makes a valuable contribution to conservation. Most of all, it is a place where families can enjoy being together and seeing animals in a beautiful environment.
Woburn Abbey has been the home of the Dukes of Bedford for nearly 400 years. As well as being set in 3,000 acres of beautiful grounds, the great house itself is full of unique history and is a remarkable record of 400 years of English history. This includes the story that led the 14th Duke to creating a charity called the Tavistock Trust. Woburn is also a Golf Club, Wedding venue and hosts Corporate events.
Climb the trees and slide across high wires, crawl through tunnels, cross rope bridges, walk the planks and zip down to the ground! Go Ape is an award-winning high wire forest adventure course of rope bridges, tarzan swings and zip slides... all set high up in the trees. Providing a fun day out with friends, families or colleagues, you'll be fitted with a climbing harness and given instruction before trekking from tree to tree high above the forest floor. Split into a number of different sections, the experience takes approximately 2.5 - 3 hours to complete but may vary depending on how many people are up in the trees.
Dunstable Downs are part of the Chiltern Hills, in southern Bedfordshire in England. They are a chalk escarpment forming the north-eastern reaches of the Chilterns. At 243 m (797 ft), Dunstable Downs are the highest point of the county of Bedfordshire. A great place for the family and a place to walk your dogs. There is also Dunstable Downs Golf Club nearby.
Holiday Inn Express Dunstable is a pet friendly hotel. See our pet package that includes overnight accommodation and we'll even include a dog bowl and treats! Perfect for exploring the Dunstable Downs and beautiful Bedfordshire countryside. From £54.95 per room.
Grove Theatre is situated in Grove House Gardens and forms part of the Grove Park complex which consists of the theatre, six restaurants and bars alongside the leisure centre and Go Bowl. The auditorium seats 780 people on two levels (Stalls and Circle). The Stalls seating is also retractable and offer the facility to provide a flat floor space that increases the capacity to 1,000. Grove Theatre offers a mixed and diverse entertainment programme incorporating drama, dance, music, comedy, musicals, film and community performances.
An award winning animal farm, Leisure Park and mini zoo. Open all year round.