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Luton Town Information




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Wardown Park, Luton - Photo © Nigel Cox
Wardown Park, Luton - Photo: Nigel Cox CCL

With Britain’s fastest-growing airport, industrial Luton is part of Bedfordshire for ceremonial purposes only and has long been a unitary local authority. It was the original home of Vauxhall cars and at one time had a major lace and hat-making industry, hence the nickname of its football team, ‘The Hatters’.

Away from the hustle and bustle, however, it boasts a number of picturesque parks that include Wardown, which has a lace museum, and Stockwood, which has both a craft museum and the Mossman Collection. Each year the town stages Europe’s largest one-day carnival.
 
Luton’s St Mary’s Church dates to the 12th century while Luton Hoo is a magnificent, restored Robert Adam mansion set in beautiful parkland designed by ‘Capability’ Brown.

The ruin of 15th century Someries Castle lies nearby.

St Mary's Church, Luton - Photo © Nigel Cox
St Mary's Church, Luton - Photo: Nigel Cox CCL