For a town of its size, Dunstable has a surprising variety of shopping options, with five principle shopping areas within walking distance of the crossroads.
Whether your preference is for modern precincts, retail parks or open air shopping, the town offers you a choice... with plenty of things to create a most interesting day out.
If you have the time you might like to visit the recently reconstructed clocktower in the market area, stroll in the parks or walk the Downs which form part of the Chiltern Hills. For the more energetic there's a host of leisure facilities from Superbowl to golf, fitness centres to childrens playgrounds, and plenty of pubs, fast food outlets and restaurants.
The Outdoor Market operates every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
- Luton has 2 national mainline railway stations
- London Luton Airport is home to nearly 50 tour operators, with nine airlines flying to over 60 destinations across the UK and Europe
- 6.2 million passengers use London Luton Airport every year
- Luton has a joined-up transport policy, including new park-and-ride facilities and cycle lanes
- There are plans to create a Translink service to the airport and Dunstable
- An investment of £100 million, Translink will be environmentally friendly and ultra-efficient
With the sheer pace of modern life, Dunstable’s superb access to transport links are proving more valuable than ever to people travelling into, around, and out of the town.
Situated just off the country's primary M1 motorway, only a few minutes from the M25 and 30 miles from the centre of London, Dunstable has excellent road connections. No fewer than three railway stations serve the Luton. The capital is just 24 minutes away. Looking further afield, there are fast national rail connections to Leeds, Sheffield and beyond to the north, and a direct service to Gatwick and Brighton to the south.
Those with their eyes on international travel need go no further than London Luton Airport. Currently the UK's seventh largest, it's also the fastest growing airport in the country, handling more than six million passengers every year. Its expansion is hardly surprising, given the ever-increasing number of routes to a wide range of destinations from Athens to Zurich as well as a wide range of cities in the UK.
Dunstable is very fortunate in the fact that it has a wide selection of schools, catering for all age ranges. Currently there are 10 lower schools, five middle schools and 3 uppers as well as a college of further education. For full details of all schools please click here and you will be re-directed to the education section of Bedfordshire County Councils website.
It is to Dunstable's benefit that its historical tradition has created a legacy of interesting buildings, ideal for conversion to hotels and eating places. By way of contrast, the town has its fair share of modern fast food outlets, cafe's and continental restaurants which reflect a more modern era and a much extended range of options... In short, Dunstable caters for all tastes!
You can hop from a Norman King to a Burger King... and from a Black Cat to a Hungry Horse in a matter of minutes!
LEISURE AND PLEASURE
Dunstable's main library is located in Vernon Place just behind the North / South high street and adjacent to Asda Supermarket.
in addition to acting as a reference library and housing a substantial collection of publications, the library acts as a focal point and catalyst for a significant variety of arts functions including the town's art gallery, Citizone and photo archive. To obtain more details of the Library's activities 'phone 01582 608441
Sports Clubs and Grounds
There are over 180 acres of parks, gardens and open spaces to enjoy in Dunstable, thirteen which include football pitches used on a regular basis by local adult and youth football teams. In addition there are two cricket squares, a bowling green and four hard tennis courts.
Private sports clubs include Dunstable Downs Golf Club, located on the western edge of the town, Dunstable Cricket Club, now located in nearby Tottenhoe, Dunstable Football club with its ground off Brewers Hill, Dunstable Tennis Club and the Dunstablians Rugby Football Club.
Dunstable is positioned in the Northernmost area of the Chiltern Hills which presents mile upon mile of outstanding open countryside with significant environmental interest.
For anyone visiting Dunstable a trip to the nearby Dunstable Downs, managed by the National Trust, is a must! For a start, its free! There are stunning views over several counties on a clear day and you can watch gliders being launched skyward from the London Gliding Club, hang gliders and paragliders offering colourful displays and kite flyers testing their resolve against the natural elements.
Toilets are provided. The Visitors Centre carries an extensive stock of refreshments and houses an interesting presentation of the area's history. There's plenty of space for picnics and a host of walks along the rim and base of the slopes with a wide variety of natural fauna and flora including orchids, cowslips and rare butterflies to experience.
Blows Downs to the West of the town was recently acquired for the community by the Wildlife Trust, funded by Dunstable Town Council and the National Lottery. The Downs area, together with acres of open public areas, marked rights of way, ample parks and well-maintained gardens, provide something in and around the town for residents and visitors all year round!