Bedfordshire is a ceremonial county of historic origin in the East of England region of the United Kingdom. The first recorded use of the name in 1011 was "Bedanfordscir," meaning the shire or county of Bedford, which itself means "Beda's ford" (river crossing). The Anglo-Saxon King Offa of Mercia was buried in the town in 796
The southern end of the county is on the chalk ridge known as the Chiltern Hills. The remainder is part of the broad drainage basin of the River Great Ouse and its tributaries.
Owing to its favorable agricultural conditions, up until at least the late nineteenth century Bedfordshire was predominantly an agricultural rather than a manufacturing county.
Things to do
Enjoy and epic day out at the UK's biggest Zoo Set in 600 acres of panoramic scenery and rolling Chiltern Hills, See the elephants on their daily walk around the Zoo, view the majestic rhino in their huge paddock, meet our lion pride, spot the cheetahs as they speed by and don't forget to look up our lofty giraffes too!
The river corridor of the Great Ouse is lined by some of the town's loveliest green space with, providing opportunities for sport and relaxation, enhanced by formal and informal gardens.
Woburn Safari Park, For a day packed with animal encounters and wonderful wildlife, visit Woburn with over 80 species of animals including lions, tigers and bears.