Location: The village of Elstow lies to the south of Bedford (adjacent on one side to the Bedford Southern Bypass) and parts of it merge with the southern subrurbs of the town in the area of Mile Road / Elstow Road. In the past, the A6 used to run through the village but this road was diverted some years ago and now runs to the west of Elstow joining Bedford at Ampthill Road.
Bus services: There is public transport from Bedford town centre (bus station) operated by the Stagecoach bus company to Elstow village – and to the Elstow ‘Park and Ride’ which is close to the village. Some bus services operated by Grant Palmer Ltd also are routed through Elstow village. Here are the Elstow bus numbers for both companies:
2 (Stagecoach) Bedford bus station to Elstow (Park and Ride)
21 (Grant Palmer) Bedford bus station to Elstow (Abbeyfields)
44 (Grant Palmer) Bedford bus station to Ampthill via Elstow (village)
81 (Stagecoach) Bedford bus station to Luton via Elstow (village)
Please see the on-line timetables for up-to-date information about these services:
Rail connections: Bedford bus station is about 5 minutes walk from Bedford railway station (Thameslink and East Midlands Trains). There is also a good taxi service from Bedford railway station.
Road: For visitors travelling by car from the south, you should turn off the A6 at the traffic lights just before it enters Bedford at Ampthill Road and follow the signs to Elstow village. There is a brown sign to Elstow Abbey and the Moot Hall on your left before you reach these lights. Elstow is also signposted from the Bedford Southern Bypass. If you are driving from the north of Bedford you will need to look for signs indicating A6 South (Luton and London) and the make your way through the town to south of the river and then find Elstow via either London Road or Ampthill Road. There are brown signs in various places directing you to Elstow Abbey / Moot Hall.
Parking: There is usually parking available in the village or adjacent to the Elstow Abbey / Moot Hall / Elstow Green. There is a small post office & shop in the village.