Welwyn Garden CityHertfordshire, England. Welwyn Garden City is also known as WGC or, somewhat incorrectly, Welwyn, although this can cause confusion with the village called Welwyn which lies a few miles to the northwest of WGC.
The BBC TV series Superstars was famously filmed in Welwyn Garden City throughout the 1970s and 1980s.
Famous Welwyn Garden City former and current residents include S*M*A*S*H (Band), The Subways, David James (footballer), Artist Damien Hirst, Nick Faldo (golfer), Lisa Snowdon (model) and Rolling Stones' Mick Taylor.
Welwyn Garden City is well known by avid readers of the side of breakfast cereal boxes in Britain as the town where Shredded Wheat and Shreddies were made, at the former Nabisco factory (now part of Nestlé).
By trainTrains run roughly every twenty minutes to WGC station from London. Taking approximately 30 minutes from London Kings Cross, and 50 minutes from London Moorgate station. Trains also run to and from Hatfield, Stevenage, Cambridge and Peterborough.
By busThe bus station is serviced by local buses only - no national express services. Local buses run to and from Hatfield, St Albans, Stevenage, Hitchin, Hemel Hempstead, Hertford and Watford.
WGC is small enough to walk around for any able-bodied person. Taxis are available from the rank at the front of the Howard Centre if required.
Shredded Wheat Factorycan be seen from the train. No tours. That's about as much as you can do save walk across the (now listed) footbridge. The Factory sadly closed in April 2008.
Parkwaythe attractive avenues of Parkway and Howardsgate are worth a visit, with the coronation fountain at their intersection.
Mill Green Museumaddress: Mill Green
Stanborough LakesA pleasant recreational area offering fishing, boating, swimming as well as wide open spaces for dog walking and sun bathing.
phone: +44 1707 357117Cinema and theatre. Shows a range of productions and offers a bar serving alcoholic drinks which is open for the duration of the entertainment.
phone: +44 8456 049 049 (extra charge)Bridge Road. Took over Welwyn Department Stores in the 1980s and offers a grand shopping experience without the hussle and bustle of a london store. Now open 7 days a week.
There are several good cafes and restaurants on Howardsgate (the main avenue leading up to the howard's centre).
Alternatively picnic food from supermarket Waitrose or pizza from chain Pizza Express.
- The Doctor's Tonic, Church Road. Has a lively and young crowd most days of the week as well as live music upstairs.
- O'Neills, Parkway. An Irish themed pub (although not part of the chain) just off Howardsgate. This is small however on nights when London Derby matches are played, it can get quite raucous.
- The Cork, Howardsgate. Right in the town centre it's the place to go if you want a lively pub.
If you want something a bit more relaxed, go to The Sun or The Long Arm And Short Arm which are right next to each other in Lemsford which is 5 minutes taxi ride or 30 minutes walk from town.
Premier Travel InnStanborough Road. Standard budget business hotel.
- Best Western Homestead Court Hotel Homestead Lane
phone: +44 1438 717793address: Hertford Rd, Tewin4 Star Hotel alongside the River Mimram. All bedrooms are individually designed, en suite doubles, some converted from the original 17th century farm buildings. Williams' Bar & Restaurant is open to both residents and non-residents - modern British dishes. The working farm remains and the Williams brothers can often be seen managing the grounds, or driving their tractor.
- Welwyn is a couple of miles to the north of Welwyn Garden City. It was settled by the Romans. Many Roman artifacts have been found, and the remains of a Roman bath house, which lie under the A1 motorway, may be visited. The bath house remains are a scheduled ancient monument, ingeniously preserved in a steel vault. Once part of a fine villa, the layout of the cold, warm and hot rooms and the heating system are remarkably well preserved. The bath house is open on weekends and Bank Holidays between 14.00-17.00. Also open during school holidays in the afternoon. £1.50
- Digswell is to the southeast of Welwyn and northeast of Welwyn Garden City. It is an attractive village with several thatched cottages but the main reason most people visit is to look at the Digswell railway viaduct (also known as the Welwyn Viaduct). The viaduct is around 1,560 feet (475 m) long and comprises forty arches of 30 ft (9 m) span, and is 100 ft (30 m) high. It is built of brick and took two years to build. It was originally opened by Queen Victoria on 6 August 1850, but she was so frightened of its height that she refused to travel across it.