Dunstable is a market town in Bedfordshire, England, about 30 miles to the north of London. The town has a population of 35,000 people (2012 estimate).
More on Dunstable
Dunstable dates back to Roman times, when it was named
Durocobrivis. Human habitation goes back even further, into the Stone Age. There was already a settlement here when the Romans built a road passing through it. That road becomes today’s Watling Street, otherwise known as the A5 road.
Dunstable was largely forested until the 12th century, when King Henry I encouraged settlers to move in. He also established Dunstable Priory in 1131. That was where King Henry VIII later divorced Catherine of Aragon, leading to the founding of the Church of England.
Dunstable remained an important market town in the 19th century, though it was somewhat eclipsed by Luton, which grew more rapidly.
Dunstable can be easily reached on the M1 motorway. Turn off at Exit 9 and continue on the A5 road heading northwest until you reach the town.
Places of Interest to visit in Dunstable
- Dunstable Downs
Chalky escarpment outside town. It is a popular spot of kite flying, paragliding and hang gliding.
- Dunstable Priory
Church were King Henry VIII divorced Catherine of Aragon.
- Priory House Heritage Centre
Center providing information on the history of Dunstable.
- Whipsnade Zoo
Open range zoo at Whipsnade, near Dunstable.