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Leighton Buzzard

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Leighton Buzzard is a town in Bedfordshire, England.

Understand

Leighton Buzzard is probably best known for the Grand Union Canal and the Great Train Robbery (1963) which took place just outside the town. Nowadays, it is considered a commuter town with good transport links to London and Milton Keynes.

Get in

By road

By train

  • 1 Railway Station, Station Approach, Leighton Buzzard LU7 2LY. On the West Coast Main Line, trains run into London Euston station and Bletchley & Milton Keynes. Station managed and services operated by London Midland (updated May 2017)

By bus

Arriva service 150 runs between the town and Aylesbury and services F70 & F77 connects to Luton, whilst routes 150 & F70 run to Milton Keynes.

By air

Luton Airport is 18 mi (29 km) east of the town.

By bicycle

Leighton Buzzard is on National Cycle Route 6 running from London to the Lake District.

Get around

The town is small enough to see on foot, though there are town bus services provided by Arriva.

See

  • 1 Ascott Jacobean House, Wing, LU7 0PR (2 miles southwest), ☏ +44 1296 688242, ✉ ascott@nationaltrust.org.uk.  
  • Leighton Buzzard Brewing Company (Craft Beer Brewery), Unit 23 Harmill Industrial Estate, Grovebury Rd, Leighton Buzzard LU7 4FF, ☏ +44 1525 217736, ✉ jon@leightonbuzzardbrewing.co.uk. Runs several open days throughout the year. (updated May 2017)
  • 3 Ascott House, Wing LU7 0PR (½ mile east of Wing, 2 miles southwest, on south side of A418), ☏ +44 1296 688242, ✉ ascott@nationaltrust.org.uk. Free parking (200 yds). (updated May 2017)
  • Leighton Buzzard Narrow Gauge Railway, Page's Park Station, Billington Road, LU7 4TG, ☏ +44 1525 373888. Heritage narrow-gauge railway constructed in 1919 to transport sand. (updated Apr 2020)

Do

  • 1 Mead Open Farm, Stanbridge Rd, Billington LU7 9JH, ☏ +44 1525 852954. Daily 10AM-6PM, last entry 5PM. Great for a family day out whether its rain or shine! There are plenty of animals to see from goats, sheep, cows, pigs, ducks and horses, both inside and outside. You can also watch a sheepdog demonstration, play crazy golf, race round on go-karts or head to Shaggy's PlayWorld for a snack and tumble around the child-friendly activities. Or why not cuddle rabbits and guinea pigs, bottle-feed lambs, groom horses or go on a tractor ride at pre-arranged times. It really is a brilliant and varied day out for all the family. (updated May 2017)
  • 2 BuzzRail (Narrow Gauge Railway), Page's Park Station, Billington Rd, Leighton Buzzard LU7 4TG, ☏ +44 1525 373888. A 3-mile (5-km), former industrial railway that was laid in 1919 to transport sand. Today it is run as a heritage line offering trips for visitors from Page's Park to Stonehenge Works and back in 85 minutes. The line runs mostly through modern housing built since the 1970s, although the last half mile runs through countryside. It is one of the last surviving 2-ft gauge railways. (The standard gauge in the UK is 4 ft 8½ in. The Page's Park station and two coaches are accessible for people who use wheelchairs. (updated Apr 2020)
  • 3 Rushmere Country Park (400 acres of woodland), Herons' View Visitor Centre, Linslade Rd, Heath and Reach LU7 0EB (2 miles N of town). Play area, sculpture trail, cafe, toilets, dogs allowed £3/day. (updated May 2017)
  • 4 Fly-A-Flight (Flight Simulator Experience), 49 Danes Way, Leighton Buzzard, LU7 3NH, ☏ +44 1525 755453, ✉ info@flyaflight.com. £45/half hr to £600/10 hr. (updated May 2017)
  • Leighton Linslade Chidren's Trail, ☏ +44 1525 631920. A public trail of 22 artworks celebrating children’s stories. More details Trail Detailed Description (updated May 2017)

Buy

  • Leighton Buzzard Brewing Company (Craft Beer Brewery), Unit 23 Harmill Industrial Estate, Grovebury Rd, Leighton Buzzard LU7 4FF, ☏ +44 1525 217736, ✉ jon@leightonbuzzardbrewing.co.uk. Shop: Sa 10AM-2PM. (updated May 2017)
  • Leighton Buzzard Market, High St, Leighton Buzzard LU7 1DN. Charter Market: Tu & Sa; Farmers Market: 3rd Sa of month; Craft Market: 4th Sa of month. (updated May 2017)
  • 3 Morrissons (Supermarket), Lake St, Leighton Buzzard LU7 1WS, ☏ +44 1525 851909. M-Sa 7AM-11PM, Su 10AM-4PM. Petrol station & cafe (different hours) (updated May 2017)

Supermarkets

  • 4 Waitrose (Supermarket), 9 Waterborne Walk, Leighton Buzzard LU7 1DH, ☏ +44 1525 378334. M-F 8AM-9PM, Sa 8AM-8PM, Su 10AM-4PM. (updated May 2017)
  • 5 Morrisons (Supermarket), Lake St, Leighton Buzzard LU7 1WS, ☏ +44 1525 851909. M-Sa 7AM-11PM, Su 10AM-4PM. Petrol station & Cafe (different hours). ATMs (updated May 2017)

Cyclists

  • 6 Dorvic Cycles (Sales, Spares & Workshop), 9 Bridge St, Leighton Buzzard LU7 1AH, ☏ +44 1525 373060, ✉ info@dorvics.co.uk. Tu-Sa 9AM-5:30PM. (updated May 2017)

Eat

  • 1 Sorelli Cafe (Cafe & Restaurant), 1 High St, Leighton Buzzard LU7 1DN, ☏ +44 1525 374449. M Tu 9AM-4PM, W-Sa 9AM-4PM & 7PM-late, Su 10AM-noon & 12:30-2:30PM. Free Wi-Fi (updated May 2017)
  • 2 The Oliver & Hare, 2 Hockliffe St, Leighton Buzzard LU7 1HJ, ☏ +44 1525 217952, ✉ theoliverandhare@outlook.com. (updated May 2017)
  • 3 The Raj (Indian Restaurant), 5 Old Rd, Linslade LU7 2RB (1 mile from Leighton Buzzard), ☏ +44 1525 379 319. M-Th 6-11:30PM, F Sa 6PM-midnight, Su 12:30-2:30PM & 6-11:30PM. (updated May 2017)
  • 4 The Lime Tree (Indan Restaurant), 60 North St, Leighton Buzzard LU7 1EN, ☏ +44 1525 372316. M-Sa 5:30-11:30PM, Su noon-3PM & 6-11PM. (updated May 2017)
  • 5 Mama Rosas (Italian Restaurant), 3 North St, Leighton Buzzard LU7 1EF, ☏ +44 1525 375149. Tu-F noon-2:30PM & 6:30-10PM, Sa noon-2PM & 6:30-10PM, Su noon-3PM. (updated May 2017)

Drink

  • 1 The Bald Buzzard Ale House (Micropub), 6 Hockliffe St, Leighton Buzzard LU7 1HJ, ☏ +44 7581 146491 (mobile). Tu-Th noon-9PM, F Sa noon-10PM. 
  • 2 The Cranky Weasel (Pub & Food), 10a Market Sq, Leighton Buzzard LU7 1EY, ☏ +44 1525 854421. (updated May 2017)
  • 3 The Black Lion (Pub), 20 High St, Leighton Buzzard LU7 1EA, ☏ +44 1525 853725, ✉ blacklion@gmail.com. M-Th noon-11PM, F Sa noon-1AM, Su 12:30-10:30PM. (updated May 2017)
  • 4 The Golden Bell (Pub & Food), 5 Church Sq, Leighton Buzzard LU7 1AE, ☏ +44 1525 373330, ✉ goldenbellteam@gmail.com. Pub: M-Th 10AM-11PM, ​F Sa 10AM-midnight, ​Su 11AM-11PM. (updated May 2017)
  • 5 The Picture House (Pub & Food), 8 Lake St, Leighton Buzzard LU7 1RT, ☏ +44 1525 385710. M-Th 10AM-11PM, F Sa 10AM-1AM, Su 10AM-11PM. (updated May 2017)
  • 6 The Swan Hotel (JD Wetherspoons), 50 High St, LU7 1EA, ☏ +44 1525 380170. M-Th Su 7AM-11PM, F Sa 7AM-1AM. (updated Apr 2020)

Sleep

  • 1 The Dukes (Hotel, Pub & Restaurant), 7-9 Leighton Rd Heath and Reach LU7 0AA (1½ miles north), ☏ +44 1525 237892, ✉ info@thedukes.uk.com. 
  • 2 The Swan (Hotel), 50 High St, Leighton Buzzard LU7 1EA, ☏ +44 1525 380170. Wi-Fi (updated May 2017)
  • 3 The Hunt Lodge (B&B), 19 Church Rd, Linslade LU7 2LR (1 mile W of Leighton Buzzard), ☏ +44 1525 374692, ✉ wendy@thehuntlodge.co.uk. Check-in: noon-9:30PM, check-out: by 10AM. from £44/person. (updated May 2017)
  • 4 The White Horse (B&B), 9 New Rod, Linslade LU7 2LS, ☏ +44 1525 635739, ✉ whitehorsebandb@btconnect.com. Single £45; double £60; family £75. (updated May 2017)

Connect

  • 1 Post Office, 7 - 9 Church Sq, LU7 1AA. M 9AM-5:30PM, Tu 9:30AM-5:30PM, W-F 9AM-5:30PM, Sa 9AM-4PM. (updated May 2017)

Go next

  • Dunstable and Whipsnade Zoo
  • Milton Keynes
  • Aylesbury
  • Tring
  • Luton
  • Hemel Hempstead


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