Watford is a small town in Hertfordshire that is often seen as the ideal gateway between the Midlands and London. Whilst it is certainly a prime commuter location, Watford has a long and rich history, making it a charming destination in its own right. It is also famous for its links to the silver screen, with several studios and recording locations in the vicinity - some of which have been turned into tourist attractions. This inevitably means that Watford welcomes a large number of visitors for such a small town and there are plenty of hotels and guest houses to accommodate said visitors. However, many people coming to stay in Watford - particularly over an extended period - find they are better suited to private accommodation rentals. Staying in a private apartment offers a completely different experience when compared with a hotel and guests can choose from a broad array of styles and formats.
Some popular apartments available in Watford are:
These properties offer a much more private and personal experience of the town - as well as providing all the necessary facilities to cook some of the local produce. Self-catering can be a major benefit for those on a longer stay, particularly when trying to reduce costs. For those who enjoy maximum convenience, serviced apartments in Watford also offer enhanced services such as room cleaning, concierge and reception. Some buildings also have additional facilities, such as on-site restaurants, gym facilities or outdoor areas.
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Watford is only a small town - around eight square miles in total. When deciding where to stay, visitors are advised to consider two basic factors: whether they prefer a rural or urban setting, whether they plan to commute into London. Usually, anyone wishing to be close to the centre of things will need to base themselves within the town proper, perhaps along Clarendon Road as this offers easy access to both the town and main railway station. Alternatively, for those looking for something a little more laid back can stay towards The Rookery or Cassiobury both of which offer a quieter atmosphere whilst still being within walking distance of the town centre.
Watford is famous today for two things: Watford FC - once owned by the town’s most famous resident, Elton John - and being the home of the Harry Potter sets. These two things alone draw many visitors to the town, but Watford also has a unique and fascinating history. Below are a few facts about the town:
Watford has plenty to see and do, from world-renowned tourist attractions to intriguing local museums and galleries. What’s more, the town’s location also means anyone staying there can explore much of the wider UK - including London. As such, Watford offers a huge amount of things to do, whether it be sightseeing in the city or exploring nearby Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Q.What is there to do in Watford?
Watford offers a surprising amount of things to see and do locally. Visitors can tour some of the famous movie locations and recording venues, explore the history of the town at the local museum or simply enjoy one of the 42 parks and green spaces. Alternatively, there’s always the option to catch the fast train into London and enjoy the many attractions of the capital.
Q. Are there many outdoor attractions in Watford?
Watford is a fantastic place in which to spend the summer months. Not only does it host its famous carnival in August, but there are also several parks and gardens to enjoy the sunshine. In fact, Watford is just a short walk away from London’s famous Hyde Park, which offers sprawling greenery and hosts several events throughout July and August.
Q. What are some free things to do in Watford?
Whilst many of Watford’s most famous attractions will charge an entry fee, there are nonetheless several free things to do for those looking to save money. Watford has several picturesque parks and green spaces, which are perfect for enjoying a walk in the open air, or for rainy days the town’s historic buildings - especially its ancient churches can be explored for free.
Q. Are there many family-friendly attractions in Watford?
Watford is famously the home of the Harry Potter studios, so it will be of little surprise that the region has plenty to offer children of all ages. Aside from the film studios, the area also has an abundance of parks with children’s play areas, as well as several visitor farms and stately homes with children’s activities.
There are numerous landmarks and attractions in Watford, ranging from the traditional to the modern and its central location means it is also the ideal place from which to explore London. As a hip and upscale part of the city, Watford welcomes a huge amount of both domestic and international tourists and this is reflected in its myriad amenities and places to see. Some highlights include:
When it comes to dining out, Watford is a typical English market town in that it offers a broad array of restaurants and eateries, ranging from high-end fine dining to traditional pub food. However, visitors to Watford are not limited to English dishes - the town has everything from classic Indian food to avant-garde French cuisine.
Those looking for a sophisticated dining experience can head to one of the following:
Alternatively, for more casual eating there are plenty of gastropubs in town:
Finally, Watford also offers plenty of international cuisines:
Watford may not be known as a top destination for street food lovers, however, visitors to the town might be surprised to find it still has a lot to offer. Many of the restaurants offer kiosk takeaways and there are also frequent food markets and pop up vendors operating locally.
Some highlights include:
Shopping is another area in which Watford punches well above its weight. Following a £180 million refurbishment and extension, the town’s Intu Watford shopping centre is one of the best retail facilities in the region, housing some 150 goods and services. In fact, it is now one of the largest in-town shopping centres in the UK. Watford also has a bustling high street, with plenty of more traditional stores.
Other top shopping destinations in the area include:
Watford benefits from excellent transport and visitors staying in the town will find a comprehensive network of buses and trains means they can easily reach any of the surrounding areas, as well as nearby towns and the wider UK - including the cities of London and Birmingham. Watford Junction railway station is part of the West Coast Main Line which connects the cities of London, Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester, Edinburgh and Glasgow. There are also easy connections offering quick access to:
Locally, Watford is served by several bus routes. The number 10 serves the town centre and its immediate surroundings, with three other services linking to nearby villages and towns (500, 530, 320). For those looking to travel further afield, the 724 connects Watford to St Albans, Welwyn Garden City and Heathrow Airport.
Watford experiences similar weather to central London, with short comfortable summers and winters that can often see temperatures drop below freezing. The warmest time of year is between June and September 9, where the average daily temperature is around 20°C and there is little by way of rainfall. However, the region always has a relatively high chance of showers, even in the summer. Winters in Watford are usually fairly chilly, with temperatures hovering around 1°C. As Watford has many outdoor attractions, the months of June through to early September are usually the most popular times to visit the town.
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