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- Located about 30 miles (50 km) north-west of London, Luton has brilliant links with England’s capital city, as well as being well connected to Cambridge and Oxford. Anyone visiting Luton therefore has a great opportunity to see some of the most popular tourist destinations in the south of England.
- The major roads that support Luton are the M1 and the A6, and it also has three railway stations.
- Luton is home to one of the major airports in England, Luton Airport, and it can be found 28 miles (45 km) north of central London. It has been operational since 1938, and was briefly the site for fighters of the RAF during World War Two. Luton Airport played a significant role in popularising the business of package holidays, and at the tail-end of the 1960s, a fifth of all of the UK’s holiday flights were departing from Luton.
- Luton adheres to the road laws and regulations of the rest of the UK, with the average speed limit for regular city roads being 30 miles per hour (48 km per hour), and any changes being indicated by round road signs with a red border. For single carriageways, the speed limit increases to 60 miles per hour (97 km per hour), and increases again to 70 miles per hour (113 km per hour) when on a dual carriageway or motorway. Keep any eye out for road signs that will let you know of any changes, and be sure to do some independent research about the local rules of the road before you visit.
Guide to Luton
Luton is home to the largest one day carnival in the UK, a spectacular display offered at the end of May annually, with an impressive parade procession. Alongside the parade, there are plenty of stalls offering various games, activities and food, plus a selection of classic fairground rides, making it a great day out for all ages. Luton International Carnival is hosted by the UK Centre for Carnival Arts, which itself offers music and club nights and a host of other performance events throughout the year. Full of vibrant colour and delightful costumes, this carnival is not one to miss if you’re in the area in May.
For rolling greenery and refreshing natural sights, Wardown Park is described as ‘the jewel in the crown of Luton’s parks’. It is listed as Grade II, which demonstrates its cultural and historical significance, the perfect place for a green refuge just outside of the town centre when you want a relaxing break. Why not pack a picnic on a bright day, or bring a football for a lovely family afternoon.
Sites surrounding Luton
Wardown Park is also where you can find Wardown House, Museum and Gallery. It claims to be more than just a museum, and heading to one of Luton’s best spots will transport you right back to Victorian times as you take in the plush interior of a historical family home. Offering interactive displays and the UK’s biggest hat collection, Wardown House is an entertaining and informative place to go to find out more about the local area and the rich history of England. The Morning Room art gallery also displays a multitude of varied exhibitions over the course of the year, and the Dining Room café gives a brilliant view of Wardown Park while you can enjoy a cake and a cup of tea.
Stockwood Discovery Centre permits admission free of charge, and presents a gorgeous selection of gardens, an exciting variety of year-round exhibitions, an outdoor play area for the kids, and the most impressive carriage collection not only in the UK, but in all of Europe. Much like Wardown House, Stockwood is ready to bring history to life, going back beyond the Victorian era to prehistoric times.
If a spot of shopping is what you’re after, head to The Mall! With all of your favourite stores available, from Accessorize and Boots to Debenham’s and Foot Locker, and plenty of discounts on offer, this is a great spot for some retail therapy. After you’ve got your hands full with new treats, the Galaxy Centre is waiting for you full of thrilling activities. With a cinema, bowling, and a play area for the little ones, time will fly by while you enjoy everything the Galaxy Centre has to offer. Never fret about a wet day when there’s so much inside that you can do.
Getting to and from Luton
Luton airport is a major feeder airport both for the southeast and for London airports. The airport offers a free shuttle bus service from the terminal building to the centralised car hire centre, making it easy to pick up and return your car hire.
The car hire agencies available at Luton airport are: Avis, Budget, Europcar, National, Alamo, Hertz, and Enterprise. Prices start from around £15 per day, depending on the time of booking and your requirements.
Eating out in Luton
Luton Hoo is an impressive and beautiful hotel, with rolling grounds perfect for a breath of fresh air no matter the weather, and plenty of facilities on hand for guests. However, they also have award-winning restaurants available to anyone that books. We would recommend you try the delightful afternoon tea they offer, served in the gorgeous Mansion House Lounge, with a selection of savoury dishes and creative sandwiches for every palate. They are also prepared to satisfy every sweet tooth with a rich salted caramel and dark chocolate tart alongside other cakes and pastries. Slightly cheaper on a weekday, this makes for a great treat.
Monna Lisa has an excellent rating on TripAdvisor, and is the perfect place for those looking for a family-friendly Italian. The staff at Monna Lisa pride themselves on serving Italian food that is elegant in its simplicity, offering all the classics loved by the British public, as well as a number of traditional meals to encourage guests to see all that Italian cuisine has to offer. Some delicious choices include the pork spare ribs cooked in a sweet and sour sauce, or the linguine alla scoglio, which is a seafood pasta dish.
As an ideal stop either before or after being at Luton Airport, head to the Frog and Rhubarb, for a prettily decorated and cosy British bar. Their affordable menu has a wide variety of classic meals, from spaghetti Bolognese to a great British Sunday roast, ensuring that everyone will be able to find something to enjoy. For something a bit different, why not try a lambs liver with bacon pie, or a lentil and vegetable moussaka to get a taste of the Mediterranean.