Attractions to explore nearby National Trust - Dunstable Downs, Chilterns Gateway Centre and Whipsnade Estate
Dunstable Downs is the highest point in the East of England and one of the best-known viewpoints on the Chilterns ridge. The chalk grasslands of the Downs have miles of footpaths and circular walks to enjoy. Because of its elevation, Dunstable Downs hosted a station in the shutter telegraph chain which connected the Admiralty in London. It was one of the iconic locations in this area and it will be a memorable moment too.
Dunstable Downs is the highest point in the East of England and one of the best-known viewpoints on the Chilterns ridge, which was situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the edge of the Chiltern Hills. It attracts a lot of tourists and also its views are truly mesmerizing.
The Icknield Way Trail passes along an ancient chalk ridge but there is a variety of landscapes to view including flat fenland and rolling chalk downland, as well as picturesque villages and ancient beech woodland. It is generally said to be one of the oldest roads, the route of which can still be traced, being one of the few long-distance trackways to have existed before the Romans occupied the country.
A beautiful natural location that was covered with trees, hedges, and shrubs planted in the form of a medieval cathedral. This incredible Tree Cathedral was created after the First World War in the spirit of "faith, hope, and reconciliation". The cathedral, which covers 26 acres, was begun in the interwar years in an effort to foster ‘Faith, hope and reconciliation’. The Tree Cathedral contains chapels meant for each of the four seasons.
A huge wildlife park which was located at Whipsnade, which was one of two zoos that are owned by the Zoological Society of London. It covers 600 acres. Due to its size, inside the park, visitors may walk, use the zoo's bus service, or drive their own cars between the various animal enclosures, or through an 'Asian' area where some animals are allowed to roam free around the cars.
Icknield Way Trail is a long distance footpath in East Anglia, England. It is unique among long-distance tracks because it can claim to be "the oldest road in Britain". It runs from the end of the Ridgeway Path at Ivinghoe Beacon, near Tring, to the start of the Peddar's Way at Knettishall Heath.
Houghton Hall was commissioned as a private estate in 1700 by Alice Brandreth, it was part of a much larger land holding of one Henry Brandreth who once owned all of what is now Houghton Regis. It now presents as a path running around the periphery of a number of large fields. Some are mowed and others are left to grow, presumably in order to support small wildlife: butterflies and such.
Ivinghoe Beacon is one end of the ancient path The Ridgeway, which stretches 85 miles from Overton Hill near Avebury, Wiltshire. It is a popular spot for walkers and sightseers. Model aircraft enthusiasts also use lift generated by the wind blowing up the hill to fly their unpowered aircraft – a technique known as slope soaring.
Woodside Animal Farm in Slip End Village, near Luton, is a great day out. Plenty of Animals on show and lots to see and do, including a Fun Fair and Crazy Golf. It has exotic animals to see and feed. Children are encouraged to get 'touchy-feely' with many, including rabbits, goats, chicks and ducklings. It proves to be an ideal environment for group and educational visits.
The monument was built in 1832 in memory of the third Duke of Bridgewater who once lived in Ashridge house. As you walk around its York stone base, notice how the monument is dedicated to 'the father of inland navigation' because the duke became famous for building canals during the Industrial Revolution. One of the iconic monument in this area which shows light to the history of England.
Ashridge House is a spectacular, award-winning wedding venue in leafy Hertfordshire, which was the former royal residence to King Henry VIII and home to his daughter Princess Elizabeth I. It has beautiful heritage function spaces perfect for each element of your wedding meaning that your guests will be continually wowed by their spectacular surroundings. Today, Ashridge is home to Hult International Business School's Ashridge Executive Education program, as it has been since 1959. The estate is
Stockwood is a public park made from the grounds of what was a stately home from 1740-1964. The former walled vegetable garden now has a set of well-maintained period gardens'. They include a Victorian garden, a cottage garden and a knot garden. The surrounding landscape garden has a sculpture by Ian Hamilton Findlay. The park was originally the estate and grounds to Stockwood House, which was demolished in 1964.
There’s so much to discover at Stockwood, which includes Beautiful gardens, interactive exhibitions and the largest carriage collection in Europe. The discovery centre displays collections of local social history, archaeology, geology and rural crafts. It also houses the biggest collection of horse-drawn carriages in Europe, the Mossman Collection.
Amaravati is a Theravada Buddhist monastery situated at the eastern end of the Chiltern Hills in south-east England. It is near the Hertfordshire village of Great Gaddesden. Its chief priorities are the training and support of a resident monastic community, and the facilitation for monastic and lay people alike of the practice of the Buddha's teachings. It was located in an iconic location and is famous in this area.
Wardown Park is one of seven district parks in Luton, providing a green refuge within walking distance of the town centre. It provides the setting for Wardown Park Museum and offers a wide range of opportunities for formal and informal recreational activities. With its outstanding features and is one of the most visited parks in Luton. It provides an oasis of calm within walking distance of the town center.
Wardown House, Museum and Gallery is situated in the beautiful landscaped Wardown Park, on the outskirts of Luton town centre. The house was formerly the home of the Scargill family, then a military hospital and is now a museum and gallery. It was one of two free admission museums situated in Luton which are part of the charitable trust, Luton Culture.
College Lake is widely regarded as one of the best places in Buckinghamshire for water birds, and with many hides overlooking the lake, this is a great destination for bird watchers or for families, whatever the weather or time of year. The site has more than a thousand species of wildlife on the lake, marshland, and grassland. Rare species include Lapwings, which nest on islands in the lake, and redwing.
The Leighton Buzzard Railway is one of England's longest and oldest narrow-gauge lines, with a worldwide collection of locomotives and rolling stock and so more. It also now houses one of the largest and most important collections of narrow-gauge stock in England. Both the collection and the railway itself are covered by our Accredited Museum designation, awarded by Arts Council England.
Frithsden Vineyard is a boutique English vineyard and winery set in the foothills of the Chilterns. It is situated a few miles north of Berkhamsted, near the beautiful Ashridge Estate. The vineyard runs a terrace cafe from March to mid-November, Weds-Sun 11am - 5 pm. You can also book tours and tastings and from June-August the vineyard has special evenings where you can have a short tour, tasting, and then enjoy a meal.
Luton Hoo Estate is a traditional privately owned Country Estate that continues to trust in its history and values. A traditional Estate that once included one of England's finest stately homes. Today, the Estate boasts an arable farm (with environmentally-friendly systems incorporated within its techniques), parkland, residential properties, commercial units, a historic model farm and a local food hub.