Travelling around Letchworth
Tree-lined streets and wide walkways greet the visitor to Letchworth Garden City. The world's first garden city, leafy Letchworth was originally designed to combine the best of town and country living. Its unique heritage offers beautiful green spaces, pretty, purpose-built homes and outdoor leisure facilities. On arrival, you’ll notice a strong sense of community pride in this welcoming, friendly town.
Whether you’re looking for leafy nature walks or a great town centre in which to shop, a visit to this attractive Hertfordshire town is a must. Pay a visit to one of its beautiful parks and enjoy a picnic or take part in one of the fascinating heritage trails if outdoor adventure is up your street. Transport to London and the nearby counties is easy, making this a great commuter town. There are a multitude of Arriva bus services within Letchworth that go to Hitchin, Stevenage and beyond.
Letchworth is officially known as Letchworth Garden City. The town's name is taken from one of the three villages it surrounded (the other two being Willian and Norton) – all of which featured in the Domesday Book. The land used was purchased by Quakers, who intended to farm the area and build a Quaker community.
The town was laid out by Raymond Unwin as a demonstration of the principles established by Sir Ebenezer Howard. He was the founder of the garden city movement and sought to create an alternative to the industrial city by combining the best of town and country living. It is also home to the United Kingdom's first roundabout, which was built in 1909. As one of the world's first new towns and the first garden city, it had a great influence on future town planning and the New Towns movement.