John Bunyan Museum: FREE ADMISSION *

Family activities on every visit, ask for our trail **

* A small charge of £3 per person is made for groups

of over 6 people - contact the museum for advance

bookings and more information about a visit.

** For schools a charge of £1 per child for a tour and additional activities can be offered - contact

the museum to enquire, with details of proposed date.


The Museum is now fully open at usual times after over a year of being closed.

For all November 2021, we are staying fully open - but do check the website or phone in case of new covid measures or severe weather that may affect staffing.

Open Tuesdays to Saturdays *

11am to 4pm (Last entry at 3.30pm)

FREE (charges for groups and schools apply)

  • * Saturdays only in early February 2022, 11am to 4pm

  •  CLOSED in December 2021 and January 2022

  • Full opening times from Feb 2022 schools half term





Visitors are politely requested to wear face coverings indoors for visitors over 11 years old, unless you are exempt for health reasons. This protects other visitors and our team. 


Handwashing with gel or soap is requested on entry.

Please keep a distance of at least 2 metres between your social group and other people such as visitors and our team.







The redecorated church is now open to the public when the coffee shop is open, as part of a museum visit. Entry is through the garden and bronze doors entrance.

Coffee shop and church opening times:

Tues, Thurs, Fri & Sat   10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Weds  10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Serving hot drinks, soup and a selection of tasty snacks


Sunday worship, 11am (with Sunday School) and 6.30pm. See Church pages, services may vary due to covid measures in 2021/ 2022.


01234 270303 (phone is staffed mid-week,, so leave a message)


John Bunyan Museum

Bunyan Meeting

Mill Street, Bedford MK40 3EU

Main entrance is on Castle Road opposite catholic church roundabout.

You can also enter through church garden on Mill St.

See map below


The museum is in Bedford’s Cultural Quarter. 5 minutes from Lurke Street Car Park, the River Ouse and the High Street shops and pubs, and 1 minute away from The Higgins Bedford and

The Panacea Museum.

On street parking on Castle Lane, pay on return parking including accessible spaces at ground floor machine is at Lurke Street car park.



BUS: 5 min walk from bus-stops on St Paul's Square or Goldington Road

 10 minutes from Bedford bus station

15 to 20 minutes from Bedford [BDM] and Bedford St Johns [BSJ]

railway stations.

RAIL AND COACH: Visit Trainline to plan your journey by train or coach and to purchase tickets:


East Midlands Railway offers a frequent and fast service from major cities, including London, Leicester, Derby and Nottingham to Bedford. Visit their website to book tickets.

Thameslink trains operate from Brighton, Gatwick Airport and all stops via London Bridge, London St Pancras and Luton to Bedford. Information here

For information on the delightful rural Bletchley to Bedford St Johns Marston Vale Line via Woburn Sands click here.


COACH:  from Oxford via Milton Keynes and from St Neots and Cambridge operate via Bedford Bus Station, route number X5 and 905. Timetable here

TAXI: taxi rank is on St Paul's Square.

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Our little museum has been closed for more than a year now without any visitor or retail income.

We're able to reopen thanks to the generous support of a National Lottery Heritage Emergency Fund grant and private donations as well as support from Bunyan Meeting and local trusts to fund staff posts.


Please consider clicking the button below to go to the Friends of the John Bunyan Museum's PayPal page and choose from 3 pre-set amounts or enter your own variable amount. Gift aid can be claimed, giving us 25% more too.

Thanks to the National Lottery Heritage Fund - we are able to reopen!

"We’re grateful that our share of its £50 Million UK-wide Heritage Emergency Fund, made possible by its players, supported us at this crucial time – it’s a lifeline to us and to others who are passionate about sustaining heritage for the benefit of all. Thank you."
- from the trustees, management committee, staff , volunteers and Friends of The John Bunyan Museum and Library.

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