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Bedford, England is a town steeped in history - at times a somewhat turbulent history. The origins of Bedford go back to the 9th century when it was established by the Danes. A short time later the town was recaptured by the English King Edward in 915AD, but was taken at a later date again by the Danes.
Bedford lies on the A6 road, and two of the most important north-south routes in Great Britain: the A1 and the M1 motorway pass a few miles to the east and west respectively. A variety of car rental agencies operate out of Bedford and provide a range of car hire in Bedford to suit most budgets from the thrifty to the not so thrifty.
For many years wool was one of the main industries in Bedford. The Great Ouse River, which passes through the town, was made navigable in 1689. Bedford grew rapidly into what was to later become an important industrial centre. Bedford was at one time also one of the main centres of Englands lace industry.
If history or lace is not your thing then perhaps jazz is. Every two years in July Bedford hosts the River Festival featuring live music and sports and attracting some 250,000 visitors.
Or perhaps the Cecil Higgins Art Gallery and Museum in Castle Close, which possesses a notable collection of English and continental porcelain, glass, furniture and water colours, may appeal. These sites can be toured with cheap car hire in Bedford.