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History, hats and more in Luton

Once famous for its hats, the historic town of Luton is within easy reach of bustling London, the beautiful Dunstable Downs and Whipsnade - the UK's biggest zoo, as well as Luton Airport. But there's also plenty to keep visitors entertained in Luton itself, from quirky museums exploring the area's past to peaceful parks and nature reserves. Plan your trip for the late May Bank Holiday to enjoy the party atmosphere at Luton International Carnival - the largest one-day carnival in Europe.

Meet the animals at Whipsnade Zoo

With over 2,500 species to say hello to - including elephants, cheetahs, penguins and giraffes - the UK's largest zoo is a great day out for animal lovers, and just a short drive from Luton. Start your day by finding out what lemurs eat for breakfast before hopping aboard the Trunk Line land train to meet the rest of the zoo's residents.

Discover more in Luton

Take a stroll through Luton's past at the Stockwood Discovery Centre, exploring the area's history from prehistoric times to the present day. There's also some gorgeous gardens and a kids' playground to enjoy.�Also worth a visit is the recently-renovated Wardown House and Gallery. With everything from Queen Victoria's stocking to mummified cats on display, it offers a truly interactive look at Victorian life. Looking for a cheap hotel Near Luton? Luton Travelodge sits between Luton and Dunstable, with easy reach of the area's attractions and Luton Airport. Nearby Travelodge Toddington M1 Southbound is between Luton and Milton Keynes, within easy reach of the motorway.