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The local area guide to living in Ampthill

Traditional thatched cottages and a historic clock tower help characterise Ampthill as the idyllic Georgian market town it is. Located in Central Bedfordshire between Bedford and Luton, Ampthill offers a number of transport links to neighbouring towns and an attractive historic centre all its own. It may be small, but it provides no shortage of style in its distinct architecture from all different eras. Places of interest within the town centre include the ornamental greenery of Ampthill Park and the postcard-perfect Ossory Cottages.

Yet aside from its convenient location and independent boutiques, Ampthill attracts savvy locals for its cultural atmosphere. It hosts the AmpRocks music festival each summer, as well as an annual literary festival for book lovers.

Information about the local residents

Ampthill is a place that draws you in for the long term, and the majority of workers are employed locally. Approximately 20% of residents work within Ampthill, while others travel to nearby destinations including Luton, Bedford, and Milton Keynes. Although it’s a relatively simple commute to the city, only 13% of workers travel to London daily. This attractive town experiences a low population turnover and many residents have stayed within Ampthill for over a decade or more.

The town’s age profile is similar to that of Central Bedfordshire and England as a whole. It’s estimated that 20% of residents are under the age of 16, while 19% are over the age of 65 for a balance of young and old. White British residents comprise 93.4% of the population, making Ampthill less diverse than surrounding regions. Unemployment is low in this affluent ward, and residents are more likely to hold degree qualifications than in the rest of Central Bedfordshire.

Nearby schools

Many families are drawn to Ampthill for the abundance of high-quality schools on offer, starting at the lower levels with Russell Lower School and The Firs Lower School. Russell features outstanding facilities, including three wildlife gardens, a library, and an ICT suite, while The Firs has received a “Good” designation in the latest Ofsted report and puts a strong emphasis on independence.

At the secondary level, many students choose to attend Redborne Upper School and Community College, which was graded ‘Outstanding’ in the latest Ofsted inspection. The school is also distinguished for having been awarded three specialisms. Alameda Middle School and The Maurice Kachuk School of Dancing round out options within Ampthill, with more options also available for students commuting into nearby Milton Keynes or Bedford.

Getting around

Ampthill is conveniently close to both the A421 and M1 motorways. The majority of residents own cars and often make the commute into Bedford or Milton Keynes. Bedford is a mere 15-minute drive to the north while Milton Keynes is only 25 minutes by car. It can take anywhere from 1 to 2 hours to drive into London, depending on traffic.

Most, however, find it easier to take the train, which gets you into central London in just under an hour. Though the Ampthill railway station was closed in 1959, there is currently a campaign in the works to reopen it, led by the Bedfordshire Railway and Transport Association.

Within the town, there are a number of bus links which connect residents to neighbouring villages. Operators in the area include Stagecoach, Grant Palmer, and Centrebus, among others.

Local shops

The historic town centre features independent shops, antique emporiums and a Waitrose supermarket. Small businesses in Ampthill include estate agents, hairdressers and solicitors. NatWest and Barclays banks have branches within Ampthill, and independent toy shop Fairies n’ Frogs, as well as sweet shop Sweet Sensations, are available for families. The Ampthill Antiques Emporium is a must-visit for fans of historic and vintage products, and there’s also Belle Coco and Paris Antiques to serve this demographic.

For those in search of big-name retailers, there are a number of shopping centres located in nearby towns, including the sleek indoor retail experience of thecentre:mk in Milton Keynes.

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