Luton is a large town and unitary authority of Bedfordshire, England, 30   miles (51 kilometres) north of London. Luton and its near neighbours, Dunstable and Houghton Regis, form the Luton/Dunstable Urban Area with a population of over 240,000.
 
Luton is home to Blue Square Premier team Luton Town F.C., whose history includes several spells in the top flight of the English league as well as a Football League Cup triumph in 1988. They play at Kenilworth Road stadium, which has been their home since 1905.
 
London Luton Airport, opened in 1938, is one of England's major airports. During the Second World War it doubled as an Royal Air Force base.
 
The University of Bedfordshire is based in the town.
 
The Luton Carnival, held on the late May bank holiday, is the largest one-day carnival in Europe.
 
The town was for many years famous for hat-making and was also home to a large Vauxhall Motors factory; the head office of Vauxhall Motors is still situated in the town. Car production at the plant began in 1905 and continued until 2002, but commercial vehicle production remains.
 

Why visit?

  • Luton is home to a diverse range of cultures, with a variety of festivals and events taking place throughout the year. From the Luton Carnival to the Luton Mela, there's something for everyone to enjoy.
  • Luton is home to a vibrant town centre, with plenty of shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues to explore. From the historic Market Square to the modern Mall, there is something for everyone.
  • Luton is surrounded by beautiful countryside, with plenty of parks and open spaces to explore. Whether you're looking for a leisurely stroll or a more challenging hike, there's something for everyone.