Bedford Area Code: 01234

01234 is the Bedford Area Code

Bedford is the county town of Bedfordshire and telephone lines within the town start with the prefix 01234.
Lines in and around Bedford have their own area code of 01234.  This means both homes and businesses in the area most usually have this number at the start of their phone line, followed by another six digits.  It also means if you get a call from a number that starts with 01234, then mostly this will come from Bedford.

All localities covered by 01234 (Bedford) Area Code

CranfieldLower SheltonSharnbrook
ColmworthNorth CrawleyTurvey
Great BarfordOakleyWilstead

Call Costs to Bedford (01234) Phone Numbers

You should always check with your provider about the exact call costs for ringing local numbers like those in Bedford.  But in most cases, they will be made up from an access charge and a rate per minute that is more during the day than on an evening and night (known as off-peak).  Mobiles are usually more expensive to make these calls than from landlines but there is good news – if you have inclusive minutes, then these should count towards the calls and not cost you anything.

How to Call Bedford (01234) Phone Numbers from Overseas

When you call a Bedford number from outside the UK, you need to make a little change to the number to make sure the call goes through.  This is because the normal 01234 numbers are for UK use and when you call from abroad, you need to use the code for the UK to tell the system which country you are calling.  It is simple though – just take the 0 from the beginning of the number and replace it with +44 – 01234 718 618 would become +441234 718 618.

Some Popular 01234 (Bedford) Phone Numbers

Many businesses in the Bedford area use a local rate number because people are more likely to answer a call from a 01 or 02 number.  That because we have all had sales calls from 03 and 08 numbers and this makes us a little uncertain about answering them.  Local numbers have a geographic association and are better received.  Examples include:

  • 01234 267 422 – Bedford Borough Council has a customer services centre on a local number to handle all sorts of queries for local people
  • 01234 718 618 – The Higgins Bedford is a museum and art gallery in the town and this number can be used to check opening times
  • 01234 267 422 – Bromham Mill & Gallery is both an art gallery and working 17th-century mill that has a general number to use for queries and opening times

Visiting Bedford

Bedford is the county town of Bedfordshire and is dominated by the River Great Ouse that flows through the centre.  The town centre has plenty of landmarks to explore as well as art galleries such as the Higgins Bedford, known for its collection of watercolours and laceworks.  There are a water park, driving circuit and even a microlight centre as well as children’s play centres and even award-winning restaurants to visit.