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John Bunyan Museum: FREE ADMISSION *

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

* A small charge of £4 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.


Open Tuesdays to Saturdays*

11am to 4pm (Last entry at 3.45pm)

Closed Good Friday

FREE (charges for groups and schools apply)




Our small shop sells a range of books, souvenirs, and memorabilia about Bedford, the 17th century, and John Bunyan. This includes pocket money items, alongside a wide range of editions of The Pilgrim’s Progress.

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   10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Weds  10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Sat 10.00am - 3.00pm

Serving hot drinks and a selection of tasty snacks.


Sunday worship:

Morning service at 11.00am, with Communion on the 1st Sunday in month

Evening service at 6.30pm, with Communion on the 3rd Sunday in month

All- age worship at 9.30am on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month


Reflection and Prayer 1.30pm




Baby changing facilities; Ground floor Museum toilets and church foyer toilets.

Accessible toilet; Ground floor Museum and church near the coffee shop.

Accessible car parking is at Lurke Street car park with ground floor level spaces and a short distance to the museum.


Level access for museum entrance, shop and ramp to Basement at Bunyan art gallery.  Ramp access from Mill Street into church and  coffee shop.


The Museum is on the first floor. There is a chair lift suitable for wheelchair users and seated. There is level access throughout the Museum gallery and first floor rooms.


Induction loop is installed in the museum and Bunyan Meeting for services and events.


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

Visit our Blog page for details of the ongoing work following flood damage


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.


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.

AIRPORTS: Bedford is 30 minutes from London (Luton), one hour from London (Heathrow) and 1.5 hours from London Stansted and Gatwick. There are good train services from each airport.

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