The Higgins Bedford, Castle Lane, Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK40 3XD

A rare opportunity to access the lime kiln vault which forms part of the Castle Quay development next door to The Higgins Bedford, on the site of Bedford Castle. The lime kiln dates from around the mid-13th century, after Bedford Castle had been demolished. During the medieval period, lime was used to make lime mortar used in the construction of buildings, in agriculture to break down heavy soils, and in the manufacture of parchment. Members of the Bedford Association of Tour Guides will be on hand to answer any questions and to explain the history of the site.

This event took place in September 2014 and the entry is now archived.


There are 4 car parking spaces at the entrance of The Higgins Bedford for visitors with Accessible Parking Permits or Blue Badges.


The Higgins Bedford is in heart of Bedford’s Cultural Quarter, 2 minutes walk from the High Street and the Embankment. Cyclists: 5 ‘Sheffield’ cycle stands for 10 cycles at the entrance to The Higgins. Many more nearby in the town centre. Public Transport: Local Stagecoach bus services (buses 4, 5 and 7) stop at Newnham Road and/or Castle Road near Albany Road. Bedford Bus Station is a 6 minute walk. Bedford Midland Railway Station is a 20 min walk. Follow the sign posted route to Town Centre and Art Gallery & Museum - or taxis are readily available. Drivers: The nearest public car park is at Lurke Street, a 5 minute walk away. Or use the Park and Ride at Elstow (MK42 9XF for Sat Nav) for frequent buses into town.


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The Higgins Bedford and Bedford Association of Tour Guides

Date last modified: 11th August 2014 at 12:48

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