Ampthill is a Georgian Market Town with a more interesting and significant history than many towns of a much larger size.
The town grew around a major cross-roads and its position on the greensand ridge gives it a prominent position overlooking the vale of Bedford. This, together with its attractive buildings, creates a certain charm that rarely fails to cast its spell on residents and visitors alike.
Many of the town's Georgian fronted buildings can be seen from the Market Square. However, behind these facades lies a much older history, possibly dating back to when Henry III granted a charter for a weekly market to be held on a Thursday (1219).
With a weekly market (Thursday), places to shop, eat and visit Ampthill has much to offer.