Only about forty minutes' drive from WGC is Whipsnade, the UK's largest zoo, set in 600 acres of the Chiltern Hills. It's large and rural enough for the animals to be in large open-air enclosures.There's plenty to see because there are around 2,500 animals at Whipsnade, many of them endangered in the wild.Cafes and other refreshment stops are...more
The Lakes at Stanborough Park were opened in 1970. They are manmade and were built as a result of gravel extraction at the time of the building of the A1(M) Motorway, although the thought of a riverside park had been considered since the Master Plan of 1949.There are two lakes located either side of the A6129. The Boating Lake (the north lake) is...more
The town centre exhibits Ebenezer Howard's values of beauty, harmony, tranquillity. It is dominated by the central mall or 'scenic parkway', almost a mile long, named 'Parkway'. The Parkway vista to the south viewed from the White Bridge had been described as one of the world's finest urban vistas. The Coronation Fountain at the junction of...more
As Welwyn Garden City developed in the 1920’s, the spiritual needs of the new arrivals were to be provided for. In the earliest days the Meeting Room, located approximately where the main entrance to John Lewis is now, was provided and a curate from Hatfield was given responsibility for this new place. The site for the permanent Church had been...more
Welwyn Garden City is well-known as the town where breakfast cereals Shredded Wheat and Shreddies were made, at the former Nabisco factory (now part of Nestlé) which is an iconic local landmark near the station and shopping centre. The factory and silos were designed by Louis de Soissons, who designed the town, and built in 1924 by Peter Lind, the...more
Hertford Road (B1000), Near Welwyn, Welwyn Garden City, AL6 0JB, United Kingdom
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It's a struggle to find a decent cup of coffee in England, but Costa is good. It's the chain of course, there are Costa coffee shops all over, and the coffee and snacks are standard in all of them so you know what you're going to get. I drink my coffee strong, black, no sugar so I have Primo Americano in Costa.more
Just outside Welwyn Garden City in the village of Lemsford, this is an old country pub that I used to use way back when I lived in the area many years ago. It's been a pub for over 250 years.It's been taken over by the Vintage Inns chain so the food, which was once about the best in the area, is a bit formula and standard - but it's still...more
Below is a list of cafes, restaurants and take-away places in Welwyn Garden City. I've actually only eaten in three restaurants in the town, these being a good Chinese restaurant called Fu Hao, a good Indian called The Pavilion (next door to the Fu Hao Chinese) and the Stanborough Beefeater.more
There are about 10 pubs in Welwyn Garden but only a few of these are located in the town centre. These are The Cork, The Doctors Tonic and O'Neills Bar. For a full list visit the website below.
The bus station is conveniently located in the town centre at the northern end of the Howard Centre near the train station. Green Line 724 provides a cross-county link via Welwyn Garden City, Hatfield, St Albans, Watford and Heathrow Airport.For Hertfordshire bus timetables, maps, journey planning and breaking news visit the Intalink website below.more
Welwyn Garden City has very good rail links in and out of London King's Cross on the East Coast Main Line. It's also possible to travel north to Peterborough and Cambridge without changing trains plus also take a slower service to/from London Moorgate. The station is conveniently located in the centre of the town where the ticket offices are...more
The John Lewis Department Store has been in the town since 1983 after they bought out Welwyn Stores. You'll struggle to write all the things they don't sell on the back of a postage stamp as the store is pretty big and has an extensive range of products. Check out their website below for further information.more
The Howard Shopping Centre is a fairly small shopping mall in the very centre of the town next to the railway line. It was named after Sir Ebenezer Howard, founder of the Garden City movement and opened in October 1990. It provides 240,000 sq ft (22,000 m2). of space on two levels: anchor tenants include Marks & Spencer, Boots, W H Smith, Next,...more
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What looks like a path was actually a railway back in the day. A railway, opened in 1858, used to run between Dunstable and Welwyn Junction (now the site of Welwyn Garden City station where the branch used to join the main Great Northern Line). Like a lot of branch railways in England, this particular branch line was closed by Dr. Beeching in 1965 following his report into the future of Britain's railways in 1963. Some 5,000 miles of railway was cut to make the railways more cost-effective. You can walk along the former railway line to near Wheathampstead to the west of Welwyn Garden City.
The 50 acre Gosling Sports Park is located to the south of the town near the A1(M). The Park is home to Gosling Lifestyle - the regions premier day spa and fitness facility, a 170m dry ski slope, a range of indoor and outdoor tennis and sports facilities including outdoor athletics, cycling tracks, golf, squash and badminton courts.
Campus West is a venue for theatre and cinema which was opened in 1973. The complex is also home to Hertfordshire's only purpose built skating rink - Rollercity, some art galleries and conferencing facilities. However, for cinema's, it's probably best to either go to Stevenage or Hatfield for multi-screen complexes.