The county of Bedfordshire lures in a large numbers of visitors each year, thanks largely to its ample stunning countryside and smattering of bustling towns. Among the most popular of Bedfordshire's charming locations is the county town of Bedford. The historical highlight of the town is one of the country's most significant parish churches, St. Paul's Church. Situated in the centre of town, the church is surrounded by fabulous hotels and guesthouses to suit every budget and taste.
An Historic Church
The bones of the church building that makes up St. Paul's today date back to the 13th Century, though records suggest that a church has been on the site for perhaps another 200 years. While the structure has undergone a number of changes over the course of the church's life, its iconic status has been long-standing. Bedfordshire's most famous export, John Bunyan, was known to preach within St Paul's sometime in the 17th Century.
In more recent times, St. Paul's Church has been prominent for its role as the home of the BBC's daily worship during World War II. Today, the church hosts regular religious services and even serves as a popular concert venue for the town of Bedford.
Hotels near St. Paul's Church
St. Paul's Church attracts visitors of all kinds, from tourists to pilgrims. One thing all visitors to the church have in common is the desire to find first-rate accommodation in the local area. Fortunately, the county town of Bedford is home to some of the best B&Bs, guest houses and hotels in Bedfordshire.
The Bedford Swan is an impressive four star hotel which sits right on the river in the centre of town. In addition to the excellent location - which is both peaceful and convenient - the hotel boasts an extensive spa and a sumptuous indoor pool. The Church of St. Paul is literally right next door.
Just across the River Great Ouse, the Park Inn by Radisson offers an equally spectacular central location with astonishingly great value. The large hotel also features outstanding conference facilities, meeting rooms, and a good-sized on-site restaurant.