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Luton sits squarely in the industrialised South of Bedfordshire, although it is not far to go to the delightful countryside of Hertfordshire and the Chiltern Hills.

Luton Town Football Club are known as the Hatters reflecting Luton's beginnings as an industrial centre devoted to the manufacture of hats. In later times the town of Luton was renowned as the home of Vauxhall Motors. Vauxhall moved their car production from South London (Vauxhall) to a new factory in Kimpton Road Luton in 1905. Sadly car production in Luton is a thing of the past.

Close to Luton on the Dunstable Downs the London Gliding Club have their station. It is easy to drive out here from Luton in a hire car and to sit and watch those superb and silent masters of the air against a backdrop of the downs and the north of Bedfordshire.

Whilst on the subject of flying, Biggleswade in north Bedfordshire is home to the Shuttleworth Collection of vintage flying machines. Many of these are the sole surviving examples of the type and most are airworthy and flown for display and are well worth the short drive out to the museum.

Also not far from Luton is Woburn Abbey home of the Dukes of Woburn. This one of the best known and visited stately homes of England notable for its porcelain, silver and fine art collections, which also houses in its grounds Woburn Safari Park.

For those interested in wildlife and even closer to Luton is Whipsnade Zoo, visible for many miles around is the chalk figure of lion, cut into the hillside below the Zoo.

Today Luton is probably best know for its airport, one of four major airports in the London area, Luton Airport is a splendid interchange between many modes of transport with its dedicated rail station and frequent bus and coach connections.

The continued investment in improving the airport facilities has played its part in maintaining Luton as a desirable airport for many travellers as evidenced by the present day annual passenger figures in excess of seven million.

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