Letchworth Garden City local area and living guide


Letchworth Garden City is in North Hertfordshire with a population of approximately 33,000 people and was the world’s first garden city. Situated just off the A1(M) and with its own railway station it is well situated for commuting to London and Cambridge.

The concept of a garden city came from the author Ebenezer Howard in his book ‘Tomorrow: A Peaceful Path to Real Reform’ later named ‘Garden Cities of Tomorrow’. First Garden City Ltd was formed in September 1903 and started the development of Letchworth Garden City. Management of the estate is now managed by Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation as from 1995. It was a great influence on Welwyn Garden City and future town planning in many locations across the world.

Whether visiting family and friends or here to enjoy a day out, there’s plenty to see and do. Planned to combine the best of ‘town and country’ living, Letchworth Garden City offers something quite different, a unique heritage and some interesting places to explore.  From The Spirella Building to The Cloisters, you’ll be fascinated by the range of architecture, from Arts and Crafts to Art Deco.

In the town centre, you’ll find the perfect mix of attractions with specialist shops, 35 eateries, an art deco four-screen cinema, the International Garden Cities Exhibition, an arts centre and regular farmers’ markets. For the more active, why not enjoy a round of golf at one of the town’s courses or make a summertime splash at the Outdoor Pool.

As you explore further, you will discover a host of green open spaces. The Garden City Greenway offers an exhilarating amble in the fresh air around a 13-mile route, encircling the town. You’ll find a number of stops on the way, with a visit to Standalone Farm a must for the little ones.  Getting here couldn’t be simpler, just half an hour by road from the towns of Cambridge and Luton. You might even choose to leave the car at home and take advantage of the town’s excellent rail links and centrally located station.

Five minutes walk from the station is our office, situated in a lovely parade of shops facing the picturesque and recently improved Howard Park and splash pool. The office and is well known for its impressive window display lighting up the local area. Parking is available at the bottom of Howard Park or in the nearby Wynd development. Open 6 days a week the team is always pleased to see new faces whether it’s your first visit to the Garden City looking to purchase a property or you’re a current resident looking for advice on selling your home.