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Biggleswade is a market town in Bedfordshire.

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Get in[edit]

Biggleswade Station

By train[edit]

The station is in Station Road, close to the town centre, and linked to the Dells Lane area by a footbridge.

  • There is a staffed ticket office with limited opening hours. Alternatively a 24 hour ticket machine is located next to the footbridge.
  • Note that access to all platforms is via the footbridge with steps only - there is no level access to any platform.
  • Biggleswade is on the East Coast Mainline, served by First Capital Connect services between London King's Cross and Peterborough.
  • Important stops include: Hatfield, Welwyn Garden City, Stevenage, Hitchin, Sandy, St Neots & Huntingdon.
  • The journey to King's Cross takes approximately 30 minutes on the peak-hour express trains, 40 on a fast train, 50 on a semi-fast.
  • Standard service pattern (Mon-Sat) is one fast and one semi-fast train per hour.
  • There is an ATM/cashpoint outside of the ticket office
  • A small café is available to the right of the main station building (limited opening hours)
  • Paid for car parking is available outside the station main building, and also in the former goods yard (adjacent to the concrete block distribution depot). Tickets are obtained from machines. There is also a smaller free car park further along the same access road in the former goods yard.

By bus[edit]

There is a small bus station on the Market Square.

Regular bus services, and on-demand bus services were recently slashed by Stagecoach and other operators. [1]

  • Regular services operated by Stagecoach Bedford:
    • M3 Biggleswade - Sandy - Moggerhanger - Bedford (half-hourly)
    • M4 Biggleswade - Ickwell - Cople - Cardington - Bedford (hourly)
  • Regular services operated by Centrebus:
    • 171 Biggleswade - Henlow - Hitchin (hourly)
  • Regular services operated by Chiltern Travel:
    • E1 Biggleswade - Potton - Gamlingay (every 2 hours)
    • E2 Biggleswade - Potton - Everton - Sandy (every 2 hours)
    • E4 Biggleswade - Eyeworth - Wrestlingworth (hourly)
    • E6 Biggleswade - Upper Caldicote - Old Warden (loop, every 2 hours)
  • Regular services operated by Grant Palmer:
    • 200 Biggleswade - Shefford - Clophill - Maulden or Ampthill (every 2 hours)

By road[edit]

By bike[edit]

  • The A1 is not a very cycle-friendly road; other, smaller roads in the area are far more so.
  • There are several bridle paths linking Biggleswade to surrounding towns, which are passable for mountain and hybrid bikes.
  • The National Cycle Network Route 51 is due to be extended from Biggleswade to Sandy and Hitchin, using some of these bridle paths and minor roads.
  • The old Sandy-Bedford railway line nearby is now a dedicated cycle route (National Cycle Network Route 51).

Get around[edit]

Biggleswade is a small town, and many places can be reached on foot. There are, however, some outlying trading estates and superstores.

By bus[edit]

  • There are two hourly, daytime, local services, operated by Herberts Travel:
    • 185 Town Centre to Holme Court Avenue.
    • 187 Town Centre to Stratton Way.

By car[edit]

  • The town centre can get congested, but there are large car parks at Asda (in Church Street), and in Rose Lane. Smaller car parks are located in St Andrew's Street, opposite the Library/Fire Station in Chestnut Avenue, and for Aldi customers, in Bonds Lane. There is also time-restricted parking on the Market Square (except Saturdays when the Market is in town) and in the area around Station Road and Back Street.

By bike[edit]

  • There is a cycle route running North-South through the town, mostly off road, and following the railway line.
  • The town centre has plenty bike racks.

See[edit][add listing]

The River Ivel in Biggleswade
  • Biggleswade has an attractive market square in the centre of the town, which hosts a lively general market on Saturday,a monthly farmers market and occasional continental markets.
  • The River Ivel runs along the West side of the town, and has a mix of industrial, residential and rural views, some attractive, some less so. You can gain access by the Mill, and up by Sainsbury's, at the Northern A1 roundabout.
  • St Andrew's Church is an attractive building on Shortmead St, set in a pleasant churchyard.
  • The Local History Society has applied 'Green Plaques' to many buildings in the Town Centre with a short description of historical interest. Of particular note is the plaque in Shortmead Street denoting where Dan Albone, the inventor of the world's first practical motorised agricultural tractor ('The Ivel'), lived and had his workshop.

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Buy[edit][add listing]

  • There are several shops (local and chains) in the town centre, as well as the Saturday and farmers' markets.
  • Asda, Church Street, Biggleswade, SG18, 01767 605100, [3]. 8am-10pm Mon-Fri, 7.30am-10pm Sat, 10am-4pm Sun. Supermarket on the old brewery site, in the town centre.  edit
  • Sainsbury's, Bells Brook, Biggleswade, SG18 0NA, 01767 317587, [4]. Out near the A1 Northern roundabout, with a petrol station. 8am-10pm Mon-Fri, 7.30am-10pm Sat, 10am-4pm Sun.  edit
  • There is a trading estate on London Road, with a number of national chain shops, including Matalan, Halfords, Homebase, Laura Ashley (Home), Bensons, Argos Extra, Brantano, Carpets for Less etc.
  • Jordans Cereals, Holme Mills, Biggleswade, SG18 9JY, 0800 587 8901, [5]. Jordans are based in Biggleswade, and have a pleasant factory shop at Holme Mills, adjacent to the River Ivel between Biggleswade and Broom (the 200 bus service passes the door).  edit

Eat[edit][add listing]

Restaurants[edit]

  • Ask, 36 High Street, Biggleswade, SG18 0JL, 01767 313232, [6]. Impressive building on the edge of the Market Square. Nice pizzas, service could be a little quicker. £6-8 for a pizza.  edit
  • Biggles Tandoori, 4-6 Shortmead Street, Biggleswade, SG18 0AP, 01767 600122. Just round from the High Street.  edit
  • Il Carafino, 28 Palace Street, Biggleswade, SG18 8DP, 01767 310390, [7]. 6.30pm-10.30pm, plus lunch Wed-Sun. Locally renowned - always book in advance. £19.95 set menu.  edit
  • the Lounge ((The Old Maltings)), Church Street, Biggleswade, SG18 0JS (Behind The Crown Hotel, Next door to Asda), 0870 760 5019/Reservations 01767 221063 (), [8]. 9am till 11pm. Sophisticated wine and tapas bar in a 300 year old vaulted malting barn. Very strict door policy so you'll be in good company in the evening with a fine wine and champagne drinking crowd. Gets very busy for lunch and weekend evenings. Plays musicals an concerts every Sunday and Monday evening. Champagne £6.  edit
  • Raj Bengal, 61 Hitchin Street, 01767 318555. Does a great set dinner on Sunday  edit
  • The Viceroy, 51 Sun Street, Biggleswade, SG18 0BY, 01767 312110. Another Indian restaurant, slightly further out of town, on Sun Street.  edit

Cafés[edit]

  • SurfinCafé, 3-4 Market House, Biggleswade, SG18 8AQ, 0870 760 5019 (), [9]. 7.00am-7pm Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm Sat, 9am-5pm Sun. A very popular local meeting place, in the middle of the Market Square. Provides free WiFi with heaters and blankets outside in the winter. Great in the summer with over 100 people chilling in the sunshine. £2.40 for reg latte.  edit

Takeaways[edit]

  • Beego's Sandwich Bar, 32 High Street, Biggleswade, SG18 0JL, 01767 314749. For the best sandwiches and baked potatoes in town!  edit

Pub-Restaurants[edit]

  • The Hare and Hounds, Old Warden, Biggleswade, SG18 9HQ, 01767 627225, [10]. Just outside of Biggleswade in Old Warden, a wonderful pub-restaurant, serving home-cooked food. Named best dining pub in Bedfordshire in 2006.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

There are several pubs throughout the town, particularly around the High Street and Market Square. Biggleswade was previously a brewing town, with Greene King brewery based where the Asda supermarket now stands. This means that most of the pubs are Greene King with the exception of a few freehouses.

The bar at the Stratton House Hotel is nice but can get a bit busy at weekends and has a over 21 door policy. The Lounge in Church Street is more upmarket and has a large spirits, wine and champagne list. The New Inn on Market Square is frequented by those only just old enough to drink but has a great juke box and a nice landlady. Real ale aficionados head for The Rose or the Golden Pheasant. The Red Lion has live bands at the tail end of the week and is open until late.

  • Lounge, Church Street, Biggleswade, Beds. SG18 0JS (Behind The Crown Hotel, Next door to Asda), 0870 760 5019/Reservations 01767 221063 (). 9am till 11pm. Sophisticated wine and tapas bar in a 300 year old vaulted malting barn. Very strict door policy so you'll be in good company in the evening with a fine wine and champagne drinking crowd. Gets very busy for lunch and weekend evenings. Plays musicals every Monday evening.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

There's only a couple of hotels in the town itself: there are, however, more motel-style places out by the A1, and some country B&Bs in the area.

Get out[edit]

  • The Shuttleworth Collection, Shuttleworth (Old Warden) Aerodrome, Nr. Biggleswade, SG18 9EP, 01767 627927 (, fax: 01767 627949), [13]. 10am-5pm Summer, 10am-4pm Winter. An eccentric assortment of an airfield with antique aircraft (including some used in the film 'Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying machines) and vintage transport, a Swiss Garden, a bird of prey centre and a play area. Just outside Biggleswade, in the delightful village of Old Warden. £10 (£20 for all attractions).  edit
  • RSPB Sandy, off Potton Road, Sandy, 01767 680551 (), [14]. 9am to sunset or 9pm. This lodge is the HQ of the RSPB and has a wonderful reserve to visit, even if you're not especially into birds. Sandy is a few miles North of Biggleswade. You can walk, take the train or the bus. £3.  edit
  • Moggerhanger House and Park, Park Road, Moggerhanger, Beds, MK44 3RW, [15]. A Grade 1 listed Georgian Country House by Sir John Soane with gardens originally laid out by Humphrey Repton, now a Christian Conference Centre. Cafe and Bistro open to the public - guided tours of the house (formerly home of the Governor of the Bank of England)available  edit
  • Cambridge is 25 miles away.




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