The Higgins Bedford

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Castle Lane
MK40 3XD

  • The Higgins Bedford: 01234 718618
  • Education Service: 01234 718627

The Higgins Bedford reopened in June 2013 following a major redevelopment. The Higgins showcases wonderful and varied collections including the Cecil Higgins Collection of fine and decorative arts, with its world-class watercolour and print collections and unique groups of work by the designers William Burges and Edward Bawden. The watercolour collection includes works by Turner, Constable, Cotman and Blake, whilst the print collection includes works by Picasso, Goya, Munch and Bonnard alongside many others. The Higgins explores the inspiring stories of local people and encourages a ‘sense of place’ for Bedford and the surrounding area. Using collections of archaeology, social history and ethnography, The Higgins shows how the town of Bedford has developed.

Further information

Opening Hours:

The Higgins Bedford is closed until further notice.


Adults Free Childen Free


  • National Art Pass

Travel directions:

By Road: If arriving from the north or south there are excellent links to Bedford from the M1, A1 and A6. If travelling from the west or east, the A421 and A428 provide easy access to the town. There is an excellent Park & Ride facility on the A6 at Elstow, south of Bedford, which is also convenient for visitors arriving on the A421 from the M1 and A1. There are 4 car parking spaces at the entrance of the art gallery and museum for visitors with Accessible Parking Permits or Blue Badges. The main routes to Bedford are: From the M1 (North and South) : exit at Junction 13 and follow the A421 towards Bedford, and follow the signs to the Town Centre From the A1 (North) : exit at the Black Cat roundabout and follow the A428 to Bedford, and then signs to the Town Centre From the A1 (South) : exit at the Sandy roundabout and follow the A603 to Bedford, and then signs to the Town Centre The nearest public car park is at Lurke Street, just 5 minutes walk from The Higgins Bedford. If attending evening functions the nearest 24 hour, open air, public car parks are St Peter’s Street and Riverside Square, both about 10 minutes walk. By Train: The Higgins Bedford is 0.9 miles from Bedford Midland Railway Station. Follow the sign posted route to the Town Centre and Art Gallery & Museum, about 20 minutes walk. Alternatively there are taxis readily available at the railway station. There are frequent services from London (St Pancras International) with trains arriving and departing every 30 minutes. The First Capital Connect service runs from Brighton, Gatwick Airport, London stations, St Albans and Luton through to Bedford. The East Midlands Trains service runs from Sheffield, Nottingham, Derby, Leicester, Kettering and Wellingborough to Bedford, and on to St Pancras International.

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Facilities and services


  • Baby changing facilities
  • Object study facilities available (enquire in advance)
  • Conference facilities available
  • Facilities for private functions and events
  • Meeting room available
  • Parking for disabled available
  • Toilets for disabled
  • Wheelchair access to all public areas
  • Wheelchairs available for loan
  • Bicycle park
  • Cafeteria
  • Gardens open to public
  • Lecture theatre
  • Members/Friends facilities offered
  • Restaurant
  • Shop
  • Toilets
  • Reception and lunch facilities for educational groups
  • Education facilities available


  • Events and resources for children and families
  • Regular children's club
  • Object identification and/or written enquiry service
  • Induction loops in lecture theatres
  • Handling sessions
  • Touch exhibits
  • Brochure or leaflet available with directions to museum
  • Membership and/or Friends scheme offered
  • Pre-booking service for groups
  • Volunteering scheme offered
  • Member of staff available with responsibility for education
  • Online teaching materials available
  • Professional development and training for teachers
  • Early years education service available
  • Primary school education service available
  • Printed/audio-visual information available for schools
  • Secondary school education service available
  • Special educational needs education services available
  • Adult lectures and courses held

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