Travelling around Welwyn Garden City
Pretty Georgian-style cottages, wide tree-lined boulevards and a bustling town centre give Welwyn Garden City its distinctive ambience. Built in the 1920s to house the overspill from London, WGC is a pretty, well-connected commuter town with a heart.
If you’re coming to Welwyn Garden City, then there’s plenty to see and do, whatever your interests. Adrenaline junkies can pay a visit to the Rollercity and the dry ski slopes while those in the mood for something a little more sedate can check out its numerous parks and soothing Roman baths.
As you’d expect from a commuter town, Welwyn Garden City is remarkably well-connected. The M1 runs by and it’s only 15 minutes from the M25. There are regular trains into London (three an hour) and trains to Peterborough too. Arriva buses operate services to Hemel Hempstead, Stevenage, St Albans and beyond.
Welwyn Garden City was founded by Sir Ebenezer Howard in the 1920s as the second Garden City after Letchworth, and its first residents moved into the town just before Christmas 1920. Garden Cities aimed to combine the benefits of the city and the countryside and to avoid the disadvantages of both.
Welwyn Garden was designated a new town in 1948 when the Welwyn Garden City company handed its assets to the Welwyn Garden City Development Corporation.