Located only 32 miles from the capital London, Luton is a large town with a multicultural population. In recent years, the town has enjoyed widespread renovation with many major retail chains choosing to establish their stores in the growing town. Famous for Vauxhall, Whitbread brewing and its hat and straw making industry, there is much to enjoy and experience in Luton. The cosmopolitan centre is perfectly balanced by the beautiful countryside surrounding the town, making it the green alternative to the urban hub of London.
A saloon will be best for motorway transport as well as driving around Luton city and the surrounding area.
Driving in Luton
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Important things to note
Luton is very easily accessible by car both travelling from the south of the country and the north. Only based five minutes away from junctions 10 and 11 on the M1, it is also very easy to commute by car to London.
In the residential areas, some of the road layouts can be confusing as they are often narrow and operating under a one way system. Because of this, they can occasionally be difficult to navigate and routes should be planned in advance.
Due to the size of the town, parking is reasonably easy on weekdays but may become busy on weekends; it is best to avoid parking in the town centre on a Saturday or Sunday.
Highlights & Hotspots
Wardown Park Museum has a great collection showcasing the history of the town, in which the Industrial Revolution had great effect. There is also a large and beautiful collection of hats and lace on show, along with special exhibitions that change on a regular basis.
For those looking for a taste of the countryside, the Clappers National Trust wood is very popular amongst walkers, while Dunstable Downs not only offers great walking and photo opportunities, but also hosts gliding and kite-flying for many.
Wardown Park is home to a beautiful lake where many visitors can enjoy a romantic stroll throughout the year. It also hosts the Luton Museum and Art Gallery, which contains a great deal of historical artefacts and some of the best art work on offer in the region.
If visiting in the summer, the Luton Carnival is the largest of its kind throughout Europe. With plenty to please children and adults alike, there are some really exciting rides on offer along with smaller attractions for younger children.
The London Luton Airport is one of the busiest in the area as it is considered one of the main five airports for London. There are numerous European connections and four easily accessible car parks, both on and off site.