Walk with the Tour Guides to learn about...

  • The time when Bedford was a frontier town at the edge of Viking badlands
  • Falkes de Breaute the ruthless High Sherriff of Bedfordshire & Buckinghamshire whose nine years of tyranny were ended in 1224 by King Henry 111 following the siege of Bedford Castle. This year marks the commemoration of the 800th anniversary of the Great Siege of Bedford Castle
  • Why the churches of St. Paul’s & St. Peter’s have played such an important part in the history of the town
  • Bedford’s own Dick Whittington – William Harpur by name – who became Lord Mayor of London in 1561 and with his new found wealth endowed Bedford’s Grammar School giving rise to today’s Harpur Trust
  • John Bunyan – where he lived, the streets he walked and the gaol where he wrote The Pilgrim’s Progress
  • The Ark, a house owned by the Panacea Society and kept in readiness for The Messiah on his second coming
  • The day Glen Miller set off from a Bedford airfield never to be seen again
  • Notorious criminals, places of public execution and a reforming prison governor

Tour Guides’ services

Walks

All walks, with the exception of the Bedford’s Movers & Shakers walk, depart from the gold post box opposite St. Paul's church in St. Paul's Square at 11:00. Please note that the Bedford’s Movers & Shakers walk will depart from the top of St. Loyes Street opposite Bedford Prison at 11:00.

Each walk is of 90 minutes - 2 hours duration and covers a distance of 1-2 miles, most walks are suitable for people who are less mobile. Please confirm ease of access when booking.

Children of all ages are most welcome on all of our walks but those aged 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Each walk costs £4.00 per adult or £2.00 for children over 8. All walks must be pre-booked.


Online booking

Please select here to visit The Higgins Bedford website to book online. Use the code HIGGINS30 to remove the transaction fee at the checkout.

Our regular Walks are...

Faces statue

The Silent Faces of Bedford

Bedford has many impressive statues and memorials. They cannot tell their own story – but we can and do!



Cherub

I Never Knew That

The most commonly heard phrase after the completion of a Guided Walk. This Walk encompasses all that information about Bedford and its many features that YOU never knew!



Bedford’s Movers & Shakers

Bedford’s Movers & Shakers

You will know of the “mugshot”, but did you know it was first introduced into the criminal justice system by Robert Evan Roberts, a reforming governor of Bedford prison in Victorian times? Join us on this walk and meet Roberts and others who made a difference in Bedford and in the world: an astronomer, a polar explorer, the first woman county councillor and discover how some of the most attractive private dwellings in Bedford came to grace this area of the town.

 


 
Jail Plaque

The Life And Times of John Bunyan

Bedford's most famous son. Born in Elstow parish but spent much of his life in Bedford and, in particular, in Bedford gaol. Visit the site of the cottage in which John and his family lived, the churches in which he worshipped and the site of the gaol in which he spent 12 long years and wrote The Pilgrim’s Progress.



Control Room

Bedford in World War II

One of our most popular walks revealing the secrets and mysteries of life in Bedford during World War II. What famous people were here and why? What was meant by the BBC during the War when announcing a programme from "Somewhere In England"? And why has Bedford been called “the Spy Capital of the World”?



Castle Mound ruins

The Rise and Fall of Bedford Castle

The Normans were swift on their arrival in this country to build a castle of great size in Bedford. Discover the castle's story and why it was demolished.

 


 
Autumn leaves on The Embankment

The Jewel in the Crown

The Jewel in Bedford's Crown is undoubtedly the River Great Ouse and its Embankment. Find out how the construction of this part of the town came about and hear about the many important features which stand on either side of the river and which can easily be overlooked.



Tales of the Tower & Steeple

Tales of the Tower & Steeple

St. Paul’s & St. Peter’s churches have a fascinating history and many stories to tell. Join us on a brief tour of each church and discover why they have played such an important and integral part in the development and the history of the town itself.

Guided Walks Programme 2024

Please see details of our planned walks below. For more information please contact us on info@bedfordtourguides.org

Please note: that the minimum number of people required to book for the walk to go ahead is two people.

Gift Vouchers

How about something different for a birthday, anniversary or celebration? Gift Vouchers for our walks are available from £40.00. Please email info@bedfordtourguides.org for further information.

Online booking

Please select here to visit The Higgins Bedford website to book online. Use the code HIGGINS30 to remove the transaction fee at the checkout.


How to book step-by-step guide

1) Select any walk from the walks listed below and The Higgins Bedford website will open

2) Select the 'Book Online' link at the top of the page or via the menu

3) Select the month you wish to book for under the 'What's On' heading

4) Scroll down and select a walk

5) Select 'Book now'

6) Enter the code HIGGINS30 to remove the transaction fee

7) Checkout: If you already have an account from booking Corn Exchange or The Higgins Bedford tickets in the past please use these details, if not, please register for a new account


Date

Walk

Sunday 14 April The Jewel in Bedford’s Crown
Sunday 21 April The Silent Faces of Bedford
Wednesday 24 April The Life & Times of John Bunyan
Sunday 28 April The Rise & Fall of Bedford Castle
Wednesday 1 May Bedford in World War II
Saturday 4 May The Jewel in Bedford’s Crown
Sunday 5 May I Never Knew That
Sunday 12 May The Silent Faces of Bedford
Sunday 19 May The Life & Times of John Bunyan
Saturday 25 May I Never Knew That
Sunday 26 May The Rise & Fall of Bedford Castle
Wednesday 29 May Bedford in World War II
Sunday 2 June Bedford’s Movers & Shakers: A Bromham Road Walk
Wednesday 5 June Tales of the Tower & Steeple: Tour of St. Paul’s & St Peter’s
Sunday 9 June The Jewel in Bedford’s Crown
Sunday 16 June The Life & Times of John Bunyan
Sunday 23 June The Silent Faces of Bedford
Wednesday 26 June I Never Knew That
Sunday 30 June The Jewel in Bedford’s Crown
Wednesday 3 July Tales of the Tower & Steeple: Tour of St. Paul’s & St Peter’s
Sunday 7 July Bedford’s Movers & Shakers: A Bromham Road Walk
Sunday 14 July Bedford in World War II
Sunday 28 July I Never Knew That
Wednesday 31 July The Rise & Fall of Bedford Castle
Sunday 4 August The Silent Faces of Bedford
Wednesday 7 August Tales of the Tower & Steeple: Tour of St. Paul’s & St Peter’s
Sunday 11 August I Never Knew That
Sunday 18 August Bedford’s Movers & Shakers: A Bromham Road Walk
Wednesday 28 August The Silent Faces of Bedford
Sunday 1 September Bedford in World War II
Wednesday 4 September Tales of the Tower & Steeple: Tour of St. Paul’s & St Peter’s
Sunday 8 September The Jewel in Bedford’s Crown
Sunday 15 September The Rise & Fall of Bedford Castle
Sunday 22 September The Life & Times of John Bunyan
Wednesday 25 September Bedford’s Movers & Shakers: A Bromham Road Walk
Sunday 29 September The Jewel in Bedford’s Crown
Wednesday 2 October The Silent Faces of Bedford
Sunday 6 October Bedford in World War II
Sunday 13 October I Never Knew That
Sunday 20 October The Rise & Fall of Bedford Castle
Sunday 27 October The Life & Times of John Bunyan
Wednesday 30 October The Jewel in Bedford’s Crown

Online booking

Please select here to visit The Higgins Bedford website to book online. Use the code HIGGINS30 to remove the transaction fee at the checkout.

Bespoke Walks and Tours

Town bridge and Bedford Embankment

Bespoke walks for groups, companies and organisations

Walks and Tours booked by individual groups, companies and organisations operate throughout the year. Prices for 2024 are £4.00 per adult, £2.00 for children over 8, or from £40.00 per group. In addition to our regular programme of walks, we are happy to lead walks and tours on other topics specifically requested by groups or organisations. Please email info@bedfordtourguides.org for more information. Prices for 2024 are £4.00 per adult, £2.00 for children over 8, or a minimum charge of £40.00 per group.

An aerial view of Bedford

Talks

Among the topics currently available are; The BBC and Glenn Miller in WW2 Bedford; The Rise, Fall and Rise Again of The Cardington Airships; The Rise & Fall of Bedford Castle; John Howard: Prison Reformer and Col. Fred Burnaby – Victorian Superman. For other topics, please ask.




BMS - now the Harpur Centre

For Schools

We also offer specific Walks and Tours as requested by any school or college. Please contact info@bedfordtourguides.org for details.

Join us on a walk