Chill out at Ice House

Published on 03 July 2018

An historic Ice House located in Bedford’s Cultural Quarter, is now accessible through organised guided walks with the Bedford Association of Tour Guides. 

The Ice House is an underground, man-made chamber inside the Castle Mound at the heart of the historic site of Bedford Castle. 

It was built by the Higgins brewing family in the mid-1800s and would have been used to store ice throughout the year. The central well is over 4m deep, large enough to have stored ice for use in all of the inns of Bedford when it was built.

The improvements carried out include new lighting, a new safety handrail and an access door, all complying with heritage requirements set by Historic England and reflecting the site’s importance as a Scheduled Monument. 

This follows the efforts of local historian David Fowler, and is supported by funding from the Gale Family Charity Trust and Bedford Architectural Archaeological & Local History Society.

Access to the Ice House is possible through guided tours given by the Bedford Association of Tour Guides. Find out more about guided walks around Bedford here

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