When it comes to Luton, the airport is the thing that springs to most people's minds. But there's more reasons to come here than catching a cheap flight out of Blighty.
Thanks to the fact that it's close to the capital city without actually incurring the often staggering prices, staying in a hotel in Luton can be a very cost effective way of visiting this part of England. As with any destination, you should ensure you shop around thoroughly online beforehand and weigh up the various hotel deals before making a decision. During your stay in Luton you certainly won't have to shell out unnecessarily on food and drink, with a wide selection of unpretentious restaurants and pubs serving everything from curries to Italian food.
While Luton is a good, cheaper base for a holiday in London, it actually has a lot to recommend it as a place to visit in its own right. Wardown Park is a charming green space through which the River Lea runs – you can actually cross the river on a picture-postcard pedestrian suspension bridge. The park is also home to Wardown Park Museum, which is a great place to explore the handicrafts and hats that are a part of the area's heritage. Another place for idyllic relaxation on a sunny day is Stockwood Park, which also boasts an 18-hole golf course. One of Luton's great selling points is also the Luton Carnival, the largest one-day festival of its kind in the whole of Europe, which usually takes place each May and attracts thousands.
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