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’
The ruin of 15th century Someries Castle lies nearby.