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Visit Dunstable Downs car-free

Visit by bus for just £2 each way. Most buses in England are offering £2 Single Fares until 31st December 2024. Our journey planner will show you if your route is included, or you can find a full list of participating operators and routes here.

It’s easy to visit Dunstable Downs and Whipsnade Estate car-free.

From the centre of Dunstable, walk (25 mins) or take a bus (5 mins) to the edge of Dunstable Downs, Icknield Way, LU6 2PX. Then take the footpath (30-45 mins) or bus (5 mins) to reach the Chiltern Gateway Centre, LU6 2GY – see locations on map.

Frequent buses run to Dunstable from Luton (10 mins).

There are trains to Luton from: London St Pancras International (35 mins) and other Thameslink stations, St Albans (5 mins), Harpenden (10 mins), Bedford (15 mins), Kettering (40 mins) and Corby (45 mins). There are frequent buses to Luton from: Hitchin (45 mins), Stevenage (55 mins) and Hatfield (60 mins).

There are regular buses direct to Dunstable from: Leighton Buzzard (30 mins), Bletchley (60 mins) and Milton Keynes (80 mins), with a few direct from Tring (35 mins), St Albans (40 mins) and Aylesbury (55 mins).

Check out our recommended route (below) and then use our journey planner (above) for door-to-door train, bus and walking routes.

Enjoy a free hot drink when arriving by bus with a valid bus ticket.

A Luton PlusBus train ticket or Luton HipHop bus ticket takes you as far as Dunstable Asda and the burial mounds. A Centrebus Network ticket is valid for buses 4040a (from Dunstable Asda to the visitor centre), B & E (from Luton to Dunstable) and certain buses from Stevenage and Hemel Hempstead to Luton. For more money-saving tips see our handy guides to trains and buses.

Luton is half-way along the scenic Bedford to St Albans City line.

National Route 574 crosses Dunstable Downs and joins National Route 606 from Luton train station. The visitor centre has a bike rack. Plan your cycle route here.

The Icknield Way Path goes through Dunstable Downs.

Luton train station has a taxi rank. Book ahead with: Circle Cars 01582 400 400 or Go Cars Taxis 01582 404 040.

Here’s some information on access to attractions, buses and trains, and here’s some information on accessibility at Dunstable Downs and Whipsnade Estate.

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About Dunstable Downs

Stand on top of Dunstable Downs for a view that will simply take your breath away. Dunstable Downs is famous for the spectacular views of seemingly endless sky above rolling hills of chalk grassland packed with wildflowers in the Chilterns National Landscape. There are several Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) designated for the quality of the chalk grasslands as well as Scheduled Ancient Monument, Five Knolls.

The View Café is where visitors can enjoy hot food and drinks, ice creams and cakes whilst they take in the views from our full-length windows. We have a shop selling a wide array of local products as well as visitor favourites such as kites and footballs

Dunstable Downs is one of the best places around to fly kites and picnic with family and friends. With miles of footpaths across the chalk grasslands of the Downs, visitors are able to access an abundance of plants, wildlife, breath-taking views and fascinating history. We have an accessible multi-user path that runs the length of the Downs, providing stunning views for it’s duration. Or explore further with our three waymarked walks, taking in some of the sites key environmental and historic features; including, Whipsnade Tree Cathedral, the 5 knolls barrows and our wildflower meadows.

Throughout the year, we offer seasonal programming aimed at a variety of audiences which can include children’s trails, craft workshops and community volunteering

For any queries about visiting contact Dunstable Downs on 01582500920 or dunstabledowns@nationaltrust.org.uk

Address: Chiltern Gateway Centre, Dunstable Downs and Whipsnade Estate, Whipsnade Road, Dunstable, Bedfordshire LU6 2GY. Visit Website