Travelling around Hitchin
The richly historic market town of Hitchin occupies a delightful location in Hertfordshire, surrounded by rolling hills, quiet lanes and traditional villages. There are mentions of Hitchin that date back more than 1,000 years, and wandering around the narrow streets leading to the historic market place, it’s easy to imagine the small rural village it must once have been.
The old market place represents the historic heart of the town, and it’s surrounded by stunning buildings dating from the Victorian era and earlier, while the historic route to the centre, known as Bancroft, is unusually wide thanks to the fact that it was traditionally used for driving cattle.
The historic nature of Hitchin hasn’t stopped it from becoming a base for people travelling further afield. It is well served by frequent trains to and from London. Luton airport is just a 15-minute drive away and Arriva buses cover Hitchin itself and Letchworth, Baldock, Luton and Luton Airport.
The centre of Hitchin is packed with independent shops selling unique and highly desirable products, while the market runs as a general market on Tuesday and Saturday, an antique market on Friday and a car boot sale on Sunday.
If you’re a music lover, you’ll be spoiled for choice when you stay in Hitchin. The Hitchin Folk Club meets at the Sun Hotel every Sunday night and the Hitchin Light, Symphony and Chamber Orchestras all give regular concerts in the historic St Mary’s Church.
Visitors who arrive in Hitchin in July will be lucky enough to find themselves enjoying the annual Arts and Music Festival. Highlights taking place all over Hitchin include picnics, comedy nights, art exhibitions, concerts, ghost walks and firework displays.