The Priory Country Park has been awarded a Certificate of Excellence by Trip Advisor. This has been awarded because the park has achieved consistently high ratings by visitors to the park. Additionally the park has been awarded Green Flag status for a great many years. This award is given to high quality parks which are clean and well maintained and involve the local community.
The Park is an area of beauty designated and maintained for both wildlife and people and is open all day. Features include a large lake, the smaller finger lakes, wooded areas and open spaces. It benefits from a riverside path. The Ouse follows part of the perimeter of the Park. What was the Visitor’s Centre (opened officially in Oct 1986) is now the Cloverdale Retreat Café at the front of the building with the Bedford Wildlife Trust still occupying the rear part of the building. Modern public toilets with wheelchair access are located at the rear of this building being run by the Bedford Council. They were refurbished in 2018
There is a good sized free Council car park adjacent to the building and other overflow car parks nearby so parking is virtually unlimited.
There are various recommended walks which include the Riverside Wildlife Trial, Lakeside Wildlife Trail and Finger Wildlife Trial. Details can be found on the website: www.bedford.gov.uk (under leisure and culture).
On the same website are details of the various fishing permits that are available.