The list is non-exhaustive, but here we look at 13 stunning villages and landmarks around Luton!
1. Someries Castle
The ruins of Someries Castle, just south of Luton, hark back to the Wars of the Roses in 1430 when Sir John Wenlock replaced the old Norman castle with a new manor house. Work on the new building stopped upon Wenlock's death at the battle of Tewkesbury in 1471 and the site gradually fell into disrepair.
Tucked away north of Luton is the village of Barton-le-Clay, famed for its historic buildings and lush gardens. The village has existed since at least 1086 and was mentioned in the Domesday Book. Pictured here is the manor house, taken in 2015.
The village of Silsoe is just north of Luton and lays claim to one of the nation's finest country houses. Wrest Park was built in the 1830s on the site of a 17th-century building, with grounds laid out by Lancelot "Capability" Brown - perhaps England's most famous landscaper.
4. Cockernhoe, Tea Green and Mangrove Green
The triplet hamlets of Cockernhoe, Tea Green and Mangrove Green lie just east of Luton and were once attached to the manor at Putteridge Bury. They are served by the popular White Horse pub in Tea Green and Cockernhoe Memorial Hall.