Welwyn Travel Guide

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Welwyn Things to Do

  • Rose Cottage

    Anne Van Gogh, sister of the famous painter Vincent Van Gogh, lived here between 1875-6. Employed as an usher at a school in Ramsgate, Kent at the time, he visited Anne on more than one occasion, poverty compelling him to walk all the way from London.

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  • Old Church House

    A timber framed house built around 1450, close to the Church. Apart from having been a dwelling it has also been an Almshouse, a Post Office, a School and the Village Police Station.

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  • Ivy Cottage

    This cottage dates from around 1452 and was formerly 'Miss Applegarth's School'. Anne Van Gogh taught French here in 1875 and 1876. Her brother Vincent Van Gogh walked all the way from Ramsgate in Kent to visit her at Rose Cottage, Church Street where she lived at the time.

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  • Church of St Mary the Virgin

    A Norman church was built on this site around 1190. The nave of the present church was built in the 13th century, the chancel arch being the most obvious early structure. There are two medieval corbels at the east end of the south aisle. Patronage of the church passed through several hands until in 1549 it was sold to the Wilshere family, who lived...

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  • Wellington Inn

    This large inn has a sign saying that it was built in 1352. In the 17th and 18th centuries as a coaching inn it became an important stopping off point for weary travellers heading up the Great North Road; the famous writer Samuel Pepys is said to have stayed here and remarked that "he had had his worst night’s sleep ever!"

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  • Roman Baths - Finds

    As well as a skeletal remains of a woman buried on the site, several finds were excavated at the Roman baths. Finds include glassware, pottery, bronze lettering, coins, knife blades, hair pins and broaches which are all displayed in glass cabinets beside the ruins. Open: 2-5pm Saturdays. Admission: £1.50

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Welwyn Restaurants

  • Really Tasty Pasta

    Old Welwyn is blessed with some fine restaurants and this is one of them.This Italian restaurant serves really tasty pasta and is always a delight to come back to. The service is friendly and they always welcome families.A good sign is that it's normally busy, even on a Thursday night and so it is always advisable to book ahead to avoid...

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  • Gastro pub

    On previous visits this was a typical old traditional village pub serving excellent food from an extensive, if predictable, menu with salads, fish, grills, pies, an excellent dessert menu and a small but good wine list.On the last visit there'd been a big change and it's now a gastro-pub. Same good atmosphere, still excellent food from an extensive...

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  • A Wonderful Restaurant

    This is one of favorite local restaurants and we have been here many times over the past years.The atmosphere is relaxed and informal, whilst still giving you the feeling of a special night out. The staff are friendly and will always help you out in your quest for table. It has so many great dishes. Highlights on the staple menu would have to be...

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Welwyn Nightlife

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    Welwyn has a few pubs that remain from the days when it was a coaching stop on the Great North Road in the 17th and 18th centuries. The Wellington Inn dates from 1352, the Rose and Crown in Church Street was already there in 1633 whilst the White Hart dates from 1675.

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Welwyn Transportation

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    by Willettsworld Written Jun 2, 2009

    Welwyn's station, known as Welwyn North, is actually a mile to the east of the village in another village called Digswell. The station is located on the East Coast Main Line with half-hourly services to London Kings Cross and an hourly service northbound to both Cambridge and Peterborough. For more information on services check First Capital Connects website below.

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