Watford Travel Guide

  • My favourite view of Cassiobury Park
    My favourite view of Cassiobury Park
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  • Not many people around
    Not many people around
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  • The sun falls on the waterfall
    The sun falls on the waterfall
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Watford Things to Do

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    by St_Vincent Updated Feb 11, 2006

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    There's not much of England's green and pleasant land left around Watford these days but the large Cassiobury Park is worth a visit and is popular with local residents especially at weekends. Both the Grand Union Canal and the River Gade run through it and the watercress beds and other wetland areas contain a lot of interesting wildlife. There is a kids play area and paddling pool, plus a miniature railway and a small catering kiosk. Some of these facilities may only be open at weekends or during the summer months.

    A crisp winter morning in the park Not many people around The long road home
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    • National/State Park

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Watford Restaurants

  • Great new menu

    We have been to Dine India on a few occasions and have really enjoyed the both the food and service. Even after the first time the owners recognised our faces and had remembered some of our preferences which creates a really personalised touch.The reason for the review is because the menu has just been changed along with a new chef. I thought the...

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  • Good Indian Restaurant

    The Dine India restaurant is one of the better restaurants in Watford. It has a nice relaxed atmosphere with the tables through the back facing out onto a small conservatory area. Service is attentive, friendly and very professional and they have a well stocked bar. A takeaway service is also available with a 10% discount and for orders over £10...

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  • Not just another Italian restaurant

    When Zinco's first opened, I thought great another Italian restaurant-just want Watford needs. But having been many times, it's a great place to go. Great selection on the menu. They cater for both large groups and couples. Never had a bad meal there. Staff are really friendly. The atmosphere is buzzy, but you can still hear the over person speak....

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Watford Nightlife

  • Something a bit different

    If you want to escape the chain experience of Watford. Try Bodega, comfy sofa's and dripping candles from the massive fire place. It is not cheap, so it's more of a once in a while experience. It does get really busy at the weekends, so if you want a table get there early. Opens at 5pm. Great choice of beer and wine with unusual tasty bites. The...

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  • The Moon Under The Water

    Same as all Whetherspoon pubs, the main reason to go is for cheap drinks, it tends to be a popular meeting place if you're going 'out on the town,' although they have a policy of no music or tvs so you have to make your own atmosphere (but don't sing or they'll ask you to leave!) Their real ales have a good reputation, also the price and qualiy of...

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  • Destiny

    Usual cheesey tunes, often long queues to get in but one of the few places open past 1am so usually ends up fairly busy. Drinks expensive, entrance fee about average for the area (cheaper the earlier you go -ie before 10pm)The kind of place you loved when you were 18, now you vow not to end up there at the beginning of the night but always end up...

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Watford Transportation

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    by St_Vincent Written Feb 11, 2006

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    The transport links to and from Watford are excellent and the hub is Watford Junction train station, just a 20 minute journey from London Euston. You can get a direct train from Gatwick Airport to Watford and there is a non-stop airport bus service, number VT98 provided by Virgin Trains, that leaves from outside the station and stops at all terminals at Heathrow. Luton Airport can be reached on the number 321 bus although this does not run in the evenings. Watford also has direct rail links to Birmingham, Manchester, and parts of Scotland and Wales. Buses can be used to reach major towns close by, like Northwood, Harrow, Aylesbury, St Albans etc. There is a taxi rank right outside the station and the main shopping centre is only a 10 minute walk away. Watford does have an underground station on the Metropolitan line but be aware that the station is a bit out of the way, there are very few transport links especially after dark and it is a 30 minute walk away from the town centre.

    Watford Junction Station A familiar sight Welcome
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Watford Shopping

  • Harlequin Shopping Centre

    A roofed shopping mall on two levels. It's big enough to spend several hours in there.Most of the shops are British though I guess, didn't come across too many which are also known on the continent.Here's a lits of some of the shops: River Island, Oasis, Top Shop, Republic, Zara, H&M, Dorothy Perkins, BHs, Lush, Body Shop and many many more. About...

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  • Shopping Mall

    Shopping in Watford town centre is dominated by the Harlequin Centre which covers most of one side of the lower high street. It's a fairly modern and typical shopping complex on two levels and with 130 plus stores. Car parking for over 2,000 vehicles is on site and there are facilities for those with mobility needs or small children. The usual...

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  • Shopping centre

    Shopping centre (mall) housing everything from John Lewis, to Boots, Dixons, HMV and Virgin, Bay Trading, Zara, French connection, Top Shop, New Look, etc, etc. There are Shoe shops, Sports shops, Music shops, Women and mens fashion, perfumes and cosmetics, everything. And its right on the high street so what you can't find in there, you'll probaly...

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Watford Local Customs

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    by bedmondbackpacker Written Jan 16, 2004

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    If your from england then you`ll know this already but if your from abroad you might mis-hear something and get offended.
    (UK)Fag-(US) cigarette
    (UK)fanny-(US) pu**y
    (UK)crisps-(US)chips
    (UK)Bog/Lav-(US)bathroom

    There are others but it shouldnt be that bad.

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Watford Warnings and Dangers

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    by bedmondbackpacker Written Jan 16, 2004

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    If you dont know watford you can easily walk into less desirable areas. The town centre is pretty safe all the time, no worse than anywhere else as oppertunist theives live everywhere. West Watford should be avoided as there isnt anything there(except the stadium) and its where most of the touble occurs. Just stay inside the ring road after dark! Ask someone where West Watford is and you`ll know to avoid it.

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Watford Off The Beaten Path

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    by St_Vincent Written Feb 11, 2006

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    If you are in Cassiobury Park make sure you have a look round this small nature reserve near the bridge over the canal. The entrance is not obvious or signposted and it almost seems as if you are entering a restricted area, but be assured you are not.

    Head through the park to the canal and it is on the right hand side just before you get to the bridge. You should be able to see the waterfall that looks beautiful as the sun is coming up.

    The sun falls on the waterfall The morning sun warms the waters
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    • National/State Park
    • Birdwatching

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Watford Sports & Outdoors

  • Watford Football Club

    Watford has it's own football club that currently plays in the Championship, the second highest professional league in England. They have had two seasons in the top league (the Premiership) recently, one in 1999/2000 and the other in 2006/2007 but sadly they were relegated both times after just one season. The club plays at the Vicarage Road ground...

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  • Best Team in the Country

    When in Watford, go and see Watford football club (Hornets) play. Currently in the premiership, although relegated. It is special as they are my club and everyone in Watford should go to at least one match.

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  • Come on Hornets

    My favourite football team is Watford. You can watch the home matches in Vicarage Road. Come on you 'Ornssss!

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