Top Places to Visit in Luton
From Top Hats to International Airports: Visit Luton This Summer to Have a Ball
Many people do not know about the beautiful city of Luton. Only an hour or so away from London, Luton loses the spotlight to other cities in the area. However, this small town is full of history and lovely natural surroundings, making it a perfect place to head to this summer. There are many good things about Luton–its affinity to top hats, the lovely carnival it hosts every year, and the many historical buildings in the city centre are only a few of them. Book OYO Luton airport hotels this summer to enjoy the gorgeous town and its myriad of bountiful tourist surprises. If you are wondering where to head once you get to Luton, there are a lot of places that are known to be the tourist hotspots.
Top Places to Visit in Luton
Visit Stockwood Park and the Stockwood Discovery Centre
One of the best places to visit in the city is the Stockwood park and the Stockwood Discovery Centre. This is a great place to head to with children. You can learn a lot about the area and the history of the country in this place, plus you get to roam around in the gorgeous park and spend a relaxing time amidst natural surroundings. This 100-hectares parkland also features sports pitches, an athletics facility and a golf course where you can enjoy with your family and friends.
The Stockwood Park Discovery is another must-visit spot within the park complex. Here you can see different galleries and exhibitions related to Luton’s history and cultural significance. In the Discovery Hall, you must explore the Springs and Wheel exhibition that depicts the evolution of transport over the centuries. You must also visit the Victorian Greenhouses, and the Discovery Galleries housing Roman, Anglo-Saxon and Medieval artefacts.
Enjoy a Relaxing Picnic at Wardown Park
Another great place to visit in Luton is Wardown Park. Located on the banks of the River Lea, Wardown Park is a gorgeous wooded area where you can spend some time walking and relaxing. The colourful flower beds, a kid’s playground, and a beautiful lake are some of the best attractions in the park. Here you can enjoy paddle boating and watch several animals including swans, ducks, and geese. Other important tourist spots within the park include the Wardown Park Museum and an old suspension bridge from 1908.
Explore the Wardown Park Museum
Located within Wardown Park, this museum houses an impressive collection of artefacts and other objects that offer a deep insight into the history and culture of the city. The museum primarily focuses on archaeology and history of the hat-making industry of Bedfordshire. There are several exhibits dating back to the 16th century that document the lace making and hat making industry of the region. Some of the major attractions are the Wenlock Jug, dating back to the 1400s and Shillington Roman Coin Hoard which is made up of 130 gold coins that were used during the reigns of seven different Roman emperors.
Follow the Luton Hat Trail
The city is known for its hat-making businesses. You can follow the Luton Hat Trail and learn about the hat-making industry in the city since the 1800s. This walking trail will take you to the Bute area as well as the High Town and the Old Bedford Road area, where you can find remnants of the old industry. You can also take other walking tours, guided tours, and walks to learn about the history of the city.
Shop your heart out at The Mall, Luton
If you are interested in shopping in Luton, you should head to the gigantic Luton Mall. With more than 120 stores, the Luton Mall is a paradise for ardent shoppers. Here you can find everything, from designer boutiques, brand-name stores, quirky gift shops to wonderful restaurants and cafes. The Luton Mall offers exciting shopping opportunities under one roof. You can also enjoy family events, kids’ events, and social events that are organized in the mall frequently.
Take Your Kids to the Whipsnade Zoo
The largest zoo in the UK, Whipsnade Zoo is located close to the Dunstable Downs. This massive zoo is one of the best places to visit in Luton with kids. With over 12 different zones, the zoo houses several animal species including cheetahs, African hunting dogs, and African lions, Indian Rhinos, sea lions, and many different bird species. There is also a dedicated butterfly House. Apart from viewing these beautiful creatures, there are other fun things to do with kids as well. “Zoo Explorers”, a one-day course for kids between the ages 5-7 offers the opportunity to enjoy educational games, fun sessions, and learn zookeeper activities.
Get Close to Nature at Barton Hills National Nature Reserve
To make the most out of the trip, you must take some excellent walks to tour the countryside near Luton. This gorgeous place located under the Chiltern Hills is adorned with exotic plant species and some wildflowers as well. A large number of butterflies can be seen at the reserve making the scenery even more colorful and beautiful. At the foot of the valley, there is also a glittering stream which is a sight to behold. If you are looking for a secluded spot to enjoy a picnic and admire the stunning beauty of Luton countryside, Barton Hills National Nature Reserve is the best pick.
Attend the Luton International Carnival
If you are in Luton during the Spring, you should not miss the Luton International Carnival. An electrifying event, the Luton Carnival is well known throughout the country as a party one should not miss. From dazzling dancers and performers in the street to an array of performative arts as well as creativity, the Carnival is a great way to understand the cultures of Luton!
Luton might not be as famous as London, but it surely is just as exciting and entertaining. With tons of brilliant places to eat, lovely sights to see, and helpful locals, Luton promises to make your trip to the UK unforgettable. You can book one of the OYO hotels close to the city center, and immerse yourself within the culture and history of the gorgeous little town!