Adventures around Lutonwith PlusBus

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In the rolling countryside north of London, the town of Luton has been many things over the years. In the twelfth century, it had a castle and St Mary’s church, with its chequered flint walls, was first built. The town has been famous for making hats. There are now creative centres in the restored hat factories and the local football team are nicknamed “The Hatters”. These days, it’s known for its motor industry and for Luton Airport, but you can still explore the local heritage and countryside. A PlusBus ticket, added onto you train ticket for a small extra fee, will give you unlimited all-day travel all over the Luton and Dunstable areas. Here are just three of the many adventures you could have.

  • County: with PlusBus
  • Great for: discovery centre | industrial heritage | Museum | parks and gardens | views | walking |
  • Refreshments: lots of great cafes, restaurants and pubs.
  • Please note: researched/updated in November 2023. If anything’s changed or you have more tips to share, do get in touch:
  1. 3. Stockwood Discover Centre

    Europe’s largest collection of carriages, an elegant walled garden, medieval ceramics and interactive galleries: all this and more is waiting at the Stockwood Discovery Centre.

    • How do I get to Stockwood Discovery Centre by bus? Catch bus 321 or bus 721 from Stand 8 outside Luton railway station. Get off after about 15 minutes opposite the entrance to Stockwood Park and walk for five minutes through the park.
    • The discovery centre is open Wednesday to Sunday and has a Garden Cafe where the inventive menu, making use of local produce, includes vegetable samosas and freshly-made soup.