Luton's fascinating history is best explored with a visit to St. Mary's Parish Church, a 850-year-old building located in the heart of 21st-century town. Follow this with the town's museums, including Wardown Park Museum where you'll find a stunning collection of hats and lace to rival any London hatter’s.
Anyone into crafts should head to Stockwood Discovery Centre; one of the town's key attractions, it's dedicated to the arts, crafts and rural trades of Bedfordshire, and its delectable period gardens portray the story of England's nine-century-old horticultural history. The Ian Hamilton Finlay sculpture garden and the Mossman Collection of horse-drawn vehicles are also worth a peek.
Although Luton Hoo estate is now a luxury hotel, it's worth popping in for a wander and an afternoon tea. Built in 1767, Luton Hoo welcomed the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh for their honeymoon in 1947, and they regularly returned to celebrate their wedding anniversaries. It's unlikely, though, that the royal couple shopped as avidly as most in Luton's two shopping centres.
The Mall Arndale in the town centre caters to all mainstream shoppers with all the major brands represented in various stores. Bury Park, a short walk away, offers something entirely different - an Asian experience with traditional clothes, jewellery and foods sold along the bustling street.