Luton is a vibrant, exciting town nestled between the beautiful Chiltern Hills offering many brilliant and convenient advantages for visitors.
Our town's museums are well worth a visit the award-winning Luton museum and art gallery holds a fantastic collection of hats and lace that attracts visitors from across the country and Stockwood Discovery Centre houses the largest museum set of horse-drawn vehicles in the UK.
Visit the Mall shopping centre with its large choice of popular high street names, unique independent stores and indoor market. The shopping doesn’t stop there with interesting independent stores in the surrounding streets.
Our Galaxy Centre is one of the UK’s only town centre based leisure and entertainment complexes, offering a wide range of entertainment facilities including a multiplex cinema, pub, restaurants, Bowling Alley and games station all under one roof.
With a theatre, arts and media centre, golf courses, walks and excellent sports facilities there is something on offer for everyone.
More than seven per cent of Luton’s total area is open space. In and around Luton a wealth of natural open spaces, including seven landscaped parks, contribute to the essential character of the town and provide a refreshing contrast to the hustle and bustle of urban life.
Homes & Property
Luton homes are extremely competitive in price and below the national average. There are numerous new housing developments taking place in various areas of the town with a number of high quality new-build town houses and flats. Many people choose Luton for its affordable homes, transport links and close proximity to London.
- Stockwood Park Golf Club – London Road, Luton 01582 413704
- South Beds Golf Club, Warden Hill Road, Luton 01582 591500
- Caddington Golf Club, Chaul End Village, Caddington, Luton 01582 415573
- Brockholes Riding Centre, Stockwood Park Luton, 01582 505040
- Foxbury Stables & Stud, Woodside Road, Luton, 01582 724049
- Sunshine Riding School, Warden Hill Road, Luton, 01582 505040
Inspire: Luton Sport Village
A new state of the art, multi-sport facility complete with a 50 metre international standard swimming pool. The facility has been designed for use by the whole community, as well as by our talented and elite athletes. Inspire hosts a range of activities to suit all ages and abilities. Inspire have developed activities and programmes for specific interest groups including Early Years, Children and Young People, Holiday Programmes, Women Only, Full of Life activities for the more mature person and much, much more. www.activeluton.co.uk/inspire
The Mall in the town centre has all the major high street names and an indoor market. There are interesting independent stores in the surrounding streets. Plus a vibrant Asian shopping area just a few minutes walk away.
The Mall is a circa 1 million sq ft dominant community shopping centre in the heart of Luton with 122 retailers providing an extensive and contemporary shopping experience. With 21.3 million visitors and £227 million gross sales each year, The Mall was recently ranked 24th top shopping centre in the UK (Trevor Wood Associates). Major stores include Debenhams, Boots, Primark, H&M, Tesco, Marks & Spencer, TK Maxx and Wilko. After all that shopping revive yourself with a cappuccino, grab a snack or relax with family and friends over a meal. Getting there is easy with convenient parking, bus and train services within a couple of minutes from the centre. For a full list of shops and opening times please visit www.themall.co.uk or call 01582 412636.
Bury Park is just a few minutes walk - from the town centre. This hidden gem offers an array of Eastern experiences ranging from specialist food, fashion, jewellery, and restaurants.
Stockwood Discovery Centre
Housed in tranquil parkland on the site of the former Stockwood House approximately 2 miles to the south of Luton town centre, close to junction 10 of the M1 visitors will find rural crafts and trades on display, giving a flavour of life in Bedfordshire before the industrial revolution.
The Discovery Centre’s facilities include a café, shop, extensive gardens, children’s outdoor area, feature exhibitions and corporate venue hire. The centre has an environmental theme running throughout and hosts various collections along with the Mossman carriages, which is the largest museum collection of horse-drawn vehicles in the UK. There are also fascinating displays explaining the history of the area including the former Stockwood House.
The beautiful Period Gardens are situated within the original walled gardens of Stockwood House. They are inspired by nine centuries of gardening history including an Elizabethan Knot Garden and Victorian Cottage Gardens. Stockwood is one of the few places outside of Scotland where visitors can enjoy the work of international artist, Ian Hamilton Finlay. The Improvement Garden has a classical theme, with sculptures full of allusions to ancient Greece and Rome. The Centre holds events and activities for all ages and interests and together with the new outdoor play area, children and adults will be kept entertained the whole day.
Please phone the museum for news of up-to-date exhibitions, events and activities and also for venue hire and children’s birthday parties on 01582 548600 or visit Stockwood Discovery Centre.
Free Admission and Parking
Wardown Park Museum - CURRENTLY CLOSED FOR REDEVELOPMENT
Luton’s Wardown Park Museum has been awarded £1.8m from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to conserve the historic building and transform the way its story is told.
The major grant, made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, brings the museum just £200,000 away from its £3.5m target to fully restore and conserve the museum. The project is being led in partnership by Luton Culture and Luton Borough Council.
Originally designed in 1872 as a private residence for Frank Scargill, a local solicitor, the house was bought by two local councillors in 1903 who opened up the grounds as a public park. The house was used as a military hospital during the First World War before becoming a museum in 1931.
The project will see new areas of the building opened up and the ground floor improved and furnished to give visitors an insight into a wealthy family home during the Victorian period – including the Billiard Room, Smoking Room, Library and kitchen whilst also telling the story of Luton’s transformation to the exciting and diverse town it is today. Volunteer Museum Makers will work with staff to create costumed tours, talks and special events to bring the story to life.
Using collections from the Luton new Archive, the hat industry and straw work to natural history and the Luton Voices archive, the displays will chart the development of Luton and celebrate its diverse communities.
A brand-new café will be created with access to the park, the Morning Room will become a new art gallery as well as venue for weddings and exhibitions and extensive work will make the building fully accessible. This will ensure the building can be a key part of community life and a fantastic attraction for visitors.
The project also aims to inspire future generations to take an active interest in Luton’s heritage. A strengthened learning programme will train staff and volunteers and reach out to schools. As well as working with primary and secondary schools, the museum will offer students at the University of Bedfordshire the chance to take part in developing a digital gaming app to enhance access to the collection and its stories.
The next stage of the project will finalise the plans for the museum and will require it to close for redevelopment works, which are expected to start around April 2016 and be completed in the autumn.
For more information about the project and how you can get involved go to www.museummakers.co.uk
Olde Watermill Shopping Village
It was built around a 1000 year ago - the watermill will allow you to take a step back in time.
The Dickensian Village has over 15 different shops where you can listen to the hustle and bustle of the cobbled streets around you as you pay a visit to the old fashioned sweet shop, jewellers ,antiques centre and specialist wool shop to name a few, or the arts crafts and local artists gallery set on three floors in the old mill.
For those that like the outdoors, the garden centre and gift shop is set around the old mill pond. If you are looking to entertain the children then our outdoor adventure play area will keep them entertained for hours.
From the beginning of October the Victorian Christmas Village will provide you with the ultimate Christmas experience.
Open 7 days a week:
Monday – Saturday 9.30am – 5.30pm
Sunday 10.00am – 5pm
The Olde Watermill Shopping Village, Barton Mill Lane, Barton Le Clay, Beds MK45 4RF.
Tel: 0845 8720507 or visit www.oldewatermill.com
Woodside Animal Farm
So much to do. The kids can wear themselves out in the many play and activity areas. There are climbing frames, bouncy castles, trampolines, tractor rides, a sandpit, paddling pool, mini-tractors, teacups, helter-skelter, 18 hole golf course and Professor Peabody’s heated indoor play barn.
So many animals to see: alpacas, cranes, flamingos, iguanas, llamas, monkeys, racoons, tortoises, wallabies and many more. Children are encouraged to get touchy-feely with many of them including the rabbits, chicks, goats, owls and even some reptiles, and they love the treats that you can buy to feed them.
Woodside Animal Farm, Woodside Rd, Slip End Village, Luton, Beds LU1 4DG
Tel: 01582 841044 or visit www.woodsidefarm.co.uk
Just south of London Luton Airport off the B653, the site contains the ruins of a brick chapel and gatehouse from a fortified medieval Manor.
Luton town centre has an exciting and lively pub and club scene. In Park Street you will find a strong influence from the student population of the town with a number of pubs offering competitively priced food and drink and lively entertainment.
Pool competitions, live music, pub games and special events can be found most nights of the week. In the town centre there are late opening pubs and several London-scale nightclubs. A wide range of music from the UK dance, house and garage scenes can be found at most pubs and clubs which have attracted a number of well-known DJs and revellers from London to the Luton scene.
Visit www.luton-at-large.co.uk for local entertainment news, reviews and venues.
Dining and Eating Out
Luton has a great number of restaurants and eateries, serving a wide range of dishes to suit your tastes whatever your palate. Dishes from China, India, France, Polish, Thailand, Greece and Italy are widely available in Luton at a range of prices.
If you prefer traditional English cuisine in historic surroundings, Luton offers several restaurants based in wonderful historic surroundings such as the Luton Moat House, a 14th century building which, as its name suggests, is surrounded by its very own moat.
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