In previous years, Luton was famous for hats, developed from straw plait making around 1700, but later became known as the home of Vauxhall Motors.
St. Mary's Church is a large one, in the Perpendicular style, with a 14th century tower.
St. Andrew's Church, opened in 1923, is by Giles Gilbert Scott.
Luton Museum has collections on the hat, lace and bobbin industries, as well as good deal of natural history.
The Stockwood Craft Museum and Gardens contain the Mossman collection of over sixty horse drawn vehicles.
Luton Airport, opened in 1938, is one of the busiest in the country. It gained fame when referred to by Lorraine Chase in a Campari TV commercial.
Luton Hoo, 2 miles away, is an outstanding Adam house set in a great park, and has a large art collection.
Among those born in Luton are John Badham, film director; Arthur Hailey, novelist; and Paul Young, singer.
Blue Badge Guide Colin Crosby is available to lead Guided Walks around Luton for groups.