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The following holiday cottage companies provide a range of Bedfordshire cottages including some which are situated within a close distance of Clifton. They've been arranged according to the number of properties they offer, although these numbers are subject to change. Visit the site for the latest information.
Cottages 4 You
- 5 Clifton cottages
including a large collection in Middle and East England. Their include detailed descriptions of all holiday properties, with some featuring virtual tours. All cottages are inspected and graded individually according to amenities and quality.
- 10 Bedfordshire cottages from Independent Cottages, some of which lie with a short distance of Clifton. Most are graded with at least 4 stars but pets are not generally accommodate for. Their cottage properties lie within the £250 to £912 price band.
- Almost 400 holiday cottages in East England with a small selection lying within 10 miles of Clifton. Holiday properties can be booked from £300 approximately for week-long breaks. Check the site for the latest information.
- Although they provide no cottages in Clifton itself, Sykes do offer a few that lie within a short distance of the village. They're situated in Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Surrey and are all well converted farm buildings. Booking prices start at £160 p/w.
Clifton is a small village located in the county of Bedfordshire. Twice voted as Bedfordshire village of the year, Clifton provides a tranquil and peaceful retreat for those looking to rent holiday cottages.
The town of Clifton is in close proximity to some of Bedfordshire's most notable attractions, including Whipsnade Zoo, the John Bunyan Museum and St Albans Cathedral
. It's also close to the town of Ashbourne which is considered to be the gateway to the Peak District. Despite its size Clifton provides a selection of things to do and see. It has two public houses; The Admiral and The Golden Lion and an excellent Indian Restaurant. Nearby villages include Letchworth, Shefford and Stevanage.
You'll find good travel links to other towns and villages including a regular bus service to Hitchin and Bedford. Clifton is well-placed for exploring the surrounding area and is close to the A1 and A7 which lead to the Nene Valley Steam Railway and Wrest Park
. See our guide to Clifton and the surrounding area, which describes top visitor attractions, activities and entertainment.
Clifton visitor attractions
See below for a selection of visitor attractions, amenities, outdoor activities and sites of historical importance, both in and around the town of Clifton, Bedfordshire.
is about an hour's drive from Clifton
. It is the largest in the United Kingdom and home to a wide variety of animals including lions, elephants and cheetas. Tickets can be purchased on the website or at the gate, for same-day admission. Nature lovers should also visit Wild Britain
, which is also within a short drive. The centre has a butterfly jungle, nature trails and a series of events such as puppet shows and pond dipping. Opening times are 10-5pm and tickets are between £4.50 and £6.00 - under 2's go free.
Food and drink
There are two public houses in Clifton; The Admiral
, situated on Broad Street and The Golden Lion on Church Street. The latter features a large beer garden and serves local ales and pub food. There's also a fine indian restaurant called Clifton Indian Cuisine which is situated on Broad Street.
History and Culture
The John Bunyan Museum
is located in Bedford, which is about 11 miles from Clifton. It celebrates the life and work of the influential religious leader and writer and is open from 11am - 4pm - entry is free. St Albans Cathedral
which dates back to the 11th century is about a 50 minute car journey away and is open to visitors from 8am - 17:45 throughout the year. Individual and group visits can be arranged although large parties should book in advance. Call +44(0)1727 860780 for more information.
Supermarkets and shops
Clifton only has a general shop and post office so it may be advisable to travel to the nearby Shefford for essential items and supplies. The town, which is around 2 miles away, has a Somerfield supermarket as well as Boots and Lloyds chemists in case of emergencies.