Luton London Amenities

Depending on whether you want to explore the area local to Luton airport itself versus exploring the city of London (Luton airport is one of five key airports serving London), we have a few options to suit any requirements.

Shopping near Luton Airport

The Mall Shopping Centre

Address: Luton, Bedfordshire, LU1 2LJ. Tel: +44 (0) 1582 412 636

Opening times: Mon-Sat: 9:00am – 6:00pm (open until 7:00pm on Thursdays); Sunday: 11:00am – 5:00pm

The Mall is located in the heart of Luton and is easily accessible. Luton railway station and bus station are within walking distance and there is ample parking within its own car parks.

  • 100s of shops including: Argos, Boots, Debenhams, Marks & Spencer, Monsoon, Mothercare, Tesco, and WHSmith
  • Many great restaurants including snack bars, coffee shops, and restaurants
  • Facilities:Car parks including disabled and parent and baby spaces, toilets, cash machines, baby changing facilities, nursery and creche, shopmobility, telephones, post office, customer services

Tourist Information

To experience the local area to the full, you may find this list of local attractions useful, available from Experience Bedfordshire.

London Attractions

Being so close to London, there are some great attractions to visit in the capital.

The London Pass

From castles, palaces and stately homes to gardens, caves and zoo, from design and transport museums to sports venues tours and theatre tours, you will enjoy a wide selection of places The London Pass gives you access to.

Skip the queue with the Fast Track Entry, look up what’s worth visiting in their 160+ pages guide, or incorporate tour travel into the pass and get unlimited travel on public transport.

London Pass

There are over 20 exclusive offers available to The London Pass holders. Prices start at £49.00 for 1 Day Adult Pass, price valid as of January 2015.

Wardown and Stockward Parks and Museums

Located in Wardown Park is the Luton Museum and Gallery which has exhibitions about local history, lace and hat making. There is also a gallery where works by local and national artists are displayed. Stockwood Park is home to the Craft Museum and Gardens.

Wrest Park Gardens

Beautiful House and Gardens set in 90 acres of land in Silsoe, Bedfordshire. The gardens are ringed by a canal and feature woodland, avenues and a fine pavilion designed in 1710. Open April to September, Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays 10am to 5pm. Admission cost is £9.90 for an adult as of January 2015.

St Albans Cathedral

Only 15 minutes from Luton Station set in the historical town on St Albans, well worth a visit. The historic market town of St Albans is 12 miles from Luton airport and can be reached by taxi in 20 minutes. Originally a Roman settlement, the whole of the town’s history is well exhibited at the Museum but if it is Roman mosaics and artefacts that grab you, a trip to the Museum of Verulamium is a must. The cathedral of St Albans is well worth a look too but if beer, rather than culture, is your thing you might be interested to know that St Albans has the highest number of pubs per square metre in the UK.

The Chilterns

The Chilterns are only a few miles north-west of London and provide a calm and peaceful escape from the hectic city. They are an area of unspoilt beauty where you can find valleys, small villages, streams and woodland. A true gem within a short distance of London.

Whipsnade

Whipsnade is Europe’s largest animal conservation park and home to an amazing 6,400 animals. It is run by the same people as Regents Park Zoo in London but, with over 600 acres of Bedfordshire countryside, there is far more scope to recreate the natural habitat of the animals. It is located near Dunstable, about 11 miles from Luton airport which should take just over 20 minutes by car. Several species roam freely and visitors can walk, drive, use the shuttle bus or the narrow gauge train service to move around the park.

Snozone, Milton Keynes

Where else can you find real snow, year round in the UK? Milton Keynes may well be famous for its concrete cows but, if you’re after a cheap alternative to hitting the slopes for real, then this is the place to come. The 170 m long slope is great for skiing and snowboarding, to say nothing of sledging and ice sliding in giant tubes on a special ice course. Milton Keynes is 23 miles from Luton airport.

Waddesdon Manor

If you are interested in culture you will enjoy a visit to Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire. You could be forgiven for thinking that you are in France when you first catch sight of this astonishing manor, built in the style of a Renaissance chateau for Baron de Rothschild. The property is now owned by the National Trust and, together with its beautiful gardens, makes a splendid day out. It is 30 miles from Luton airport and takes just under an hour by car.