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For other places with the same name, see Hertford (disambiguation).

Hertford is the country town of Hertfordshire in England and has a population of around 25,000. It lies 20 miles directly north of London. It was the birthplace of Samuel Stone, who is credited with being the founder of Hartford, Connecticut.

Get in[edit]

Despite its relatively small size, Hertford is blessed with two railway stations. Hertford East has regular services from London's Liverpool Street station, while Hertford North connects up with Moorgate in the "City" of London (during weekdays) as well as with the main King's Cross station (all week). Journey time around 45 minutes.

By road, it is just 30 minutes from Stansted Airport and can be reached from London Gatwick and London Heathrow via the M25 London ring road.

Hertford can be reached by public transport from five nearby airports:

London Heathrow LHR: Greenline 724 bus (2.5hrs) or Picadilly Line connecting at Finsbury Park to line to Hertford North (1.5hrs).

London Stansted STN: National Express Bus 767 (1hr) or train to Broxbourne connecting with line to Hertford East.

London Gatwick LGW Thameslink train to St Pancras and cross to next-door Kings Cross station for train to Hertford North, changing at Finsbury Park on weekdays.(2hrs)

London City LCY Docklands Light Railway (DLR) to Bank underground station, underground to Liverpool Street station then train to Hertford East.

London Luton LTN National Express 767 to Hertford East station (1hr)

Get around[edit]

Hertford has a small town centre and everything can be seen by walking around.

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Points of interest include:

  • Hertford Castle, which goes back to 900, although there is little remaining. The existing building is now government offices.
  • The Quaker Meeting House, the oldest purpose-built one in the world (in Railway Street), in use since 1670.
  • The home of Alfred Russel Wallace, who proposed the theory of natural selection more or less at the same time as Charles Darwin, can be found at 11 St. Andrew St. and is marked with a plaque.
  • The Shire Hall which was built in 1779 and designed by the noted architect, Robert Adam.
  • Samuel Stone memorial. A statue of the founder of Hartford, Conn. can be found next to the Castle Theatre on Mill Bridge.
  • Hertford Museum, although small in size this museum, located in the town centre offers a fascinating range of artifacts and an oversight of the history of the town.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Walk along the rivers. Hertford is at the confluence of four rivers, with the Rivers Beane, Mimram and Rib flowing into the River Lea and forming a navigable canal at Hertford.

Buy[edit][add listing]

Hertford is a noted centre for shops selling antiques and collectables.

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Loch Fyne, 130 Fore Street, 01992 585440. 12:00 - 22:00. In the center of town. Part of a chain of 49 restaurants in the UK, offering kippers, kiln-roasted salmon fillet, oysters, well-aged rib-eye steak and smoked venison, to name but a few. £25.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

The town is well supplied with public houses.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Master's House, 88-96 Fore Street, 01992 660 660 (, fax: 01992 510931), [1]. checkin: 14.00; checkout: 11.00. 14 individually decorated rooms right in the centre of town. Fair restaurant with extensive wine list. £90-150.  edit
  • White Horse Hotel, Hertingfordbury Road, Hertingfordbury (One mile west of Hertford, turn left at the roundabout), 01992 586 791 (fax: 01992 550 809), [2]. 42 room hotel of the Aquarius chain in a quiet village close to Hertford. £55 per room and up.  edit

Get out[edit]

The surrounding villages are very attractive and very affluent as the area forms part of London's commuter belt.Create category

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