Around 30 miles North West of the capital of London, sits Luton. Full of interesting sites including the Wardown Park Museum and Stockwood Discovery centre, the city offers a great alternative place to visit than the capital. If you're hiring a car in Luton you'll find that transport links to the rest of the UK are quick and easy via the M1 and M25 motorways. In the past Luton was a major centre for hat making and it has long been the location of a major Vauxhall car manufacturing plant and today production in Luton focuses predominantly on commercial vans.
There's plenty to see and do in the area, especially if you've decided to rent a car in Luton. Take a drive just out of the town centre and you'll find Wardown Park, a large Victorian mansion. Previously known as Luton Museum and Art Gallery, the park and its buildings feature a wide range of exhibits which focus on the traditional crafts and the industries of Luton and its county, Bedfordshire. These include lace-making and millinery, or hat-making, and you'll find examples of locally-made lace from as early as the 17th century. Local history is also celebrated at the Stockwood Discovery Centre. It houses the single largest collection of horse-drawn carriages in the UK as well as Luton's very last tram. Outside there are gardens designed in a number of themes including Sensory, Period, World and Medicinal. Another highlight of Bedfordshire is the ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, it's part of London Zoo and its 600 acres are home to a wide variety of species that roam free. A very notable feature of the zoo is a huge white lion carved into chalk hillside.
Opening hours: Mo-Su 0700-2330.
Address: Airport Building 250, President Way, Bedfordshire
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