Bedfordshire is a ceremonial county in the East of England that provides a wide range of historical, family and romantic things to do on a holiday. If you have kids, they will love visiting spots like the ZSL Whipsnade Zoo or Woburn Safari Park where they can see exotic animals up close. At Wrest Park, you can wander a 36-hectare estate with elegant gardens and a full museum, while Woburn Abbey offers a chance to visit the residence of the Duke of Bedford.

Local and regional history can be found at the Higgins Bedford and Stockwood Discovery Centre, the former of which has restored landmark buildings and an art gallery, while the latter offers free entry. For an exciting and unusual experience, head for Shuttleworth, where you can see antique cars and planes, and even touch some of them. At the Leighton Buzzard Railway, you can ride on an authentic steam engine through miles of pristine countryside.

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