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A Portion of the Area's History

This is the site of a castle built sometime after 1100 by King Henry I, and ordered destroyed by... read more

Reviewed 27 September 2018
Bryan, Texas
Part of Bedford's History

This is a small representation of what used to be on this spot. The town has done a good job of... read more

Reviewed 27 December 2017
Wendy V
Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, Canada
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Reviewed 27 September 2018

This is the site of a castle built sometime after 1100 by King Henry I, and ordered destroyed by Henry III in 1224. It is historically significant, but there is really not much left.

1  Thank CJTravelerTexas
Reviewed 14 July 2018

This area of Bedford comes to life during the River Festival, this year was a WW1 re-enactment , well worth a visit.

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Reviewed 27 December 2017

This is a small representation of what used to be on this spot. The town has done a good job of showing what used to be there, by making the castle mound accessible to people and by creating displays telling about the siege of the...More

2  Thank Wendy V
Reviewed 21 September 2017

You can find more to this castle mound just around the corner near the Swan hotel and Saggetti John's and last night we found more ruins just near the Muesum entrance a bakers kiln. I do hope that they find even more, the maps helps...More

Thank Sarahellen M
Reviewed 18 June 2017

Bedford has a long and interesting history which can be fully interpreted and understood in The Higgins museum adjacent to the site of the original Bedford Castle. The castle motte (hill) remains and has been nicely tidied up and supported with stone on its southern...More

Thank Bass666
Reviewed 2 March 2017

However true the history maybe, it does feel a little empty as there is no castle there anymore. Nice work by Bedford Council for putting events on linked to it though. Kids enjoy it and adults alike.

Thank Mark W
Reviewed 26 July 2016

There is not a lot left of the castle but the model of how it looked is excellent. The work done on it has added to the beauty of the Embankment. Quite a steep bank as I found out when racing my grandson; he ran...More

2  Thank LynneG317
Reviewed 17 July 2016

They had several enactments going on , while the River Festival was on. Had Knights fighting against each other etc, Worth a watch.

1  Thank malc1005
Reviewed 12 July 2016

It's not much of a castle really just a big mound with some walls. There are some interpretation boards and a winding path up the mound to the top where there are views of the river and surrounding area. A pleasant place for a stroll...More

2  Thank wrichard2013
Reviewed 30 June 2016

If you can get a parking space then this is worth the visit. it's a shame it doesn't have more ruins left to it but you can get some kind of picture to what may have been there. the Passion play was held there this...More

2  Thank Sarahellen M
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