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Watford is one of the larger towns in Hertfordshire, England, and has approximately 80,000 citizens. However it is still a somewhat dull area to visit rendering this article pointless in comparison to more exciting places such as Dudley and Hull.


Get in[edit]

Watford is served by the M1 and M25 motorways and is 20 minutes away from London by train. The Metropolitan line of the London Underground serves Watford and tube trains to Baker Street and Liverpool Street run approximately every ten minutes.

Frequent coaches serve Watford town centre from Heathrow Airport (Bus 724, 45 mins) and Luton Airport (Bus 321, 1.5 hours).

Get around[edit]

Most attractions in Watford are within walking distance of each other and do not require buses or trains.

It is worth noting all Hertfordshire buses offer an 'Explorer' ticket which permits a maximum of 2 adults, 2 adults and 2 children or 1 adult with 3 children to unlimited travel for £7. It is often worth doing as it can save money even if you are on your own.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Watford Palace Theatre, Clarendon Rd., Box Office: 01923 225671, [5][6].
  • Watford Museum, 194 High St., Telephone: 01923 232297, [7].
  • A Watford [8] football/Soccer Match they are one of the smaller clubs in English football but of late have seen their fortunes improve, returning to the premiership for the first time in 10 years.
  • Saracens Rugby Club, Vicarage Road Stadium, [9]. August to May. Saracens are one of the biggest Rugby Union clubs in the south of England and have shared the Vicarage Road Stadium with Watford since 1997. "Sarries" are the current champions of England's top league, the Aviva Premiership. The upcoming 2011–12 season will likely be Saracens' last at Vicarage Road, as the club is planning to return to Greater London, taking over an athletics (track and field) stadium in Barnet.
  • Warner Bros. Harry Potter Studio Tour, Studio Tour Drive, Leavesden WD25 7GS (A shuttle bus from Watford Junction to the Studio Tour), 08450 840 900, [1]. 10am-6:30pm. Warner Bros Film Studios in Leavesden, just outside Watford, offers tours to the public. Tickets must be booked in advance. The tour includes major sets, props and costumes from the Harry Potter film series, including the Great Hall, Dumbledore's Office, Diagon Alley, the Ministry of Magic, Gryffindor Common Room and Boys' Dormitory, Hagrid's Hut and a scale model of Hogwarts Castle. (51.693333,-0.419722) edit
  • Watford Colosseum Theatre, Rickmansworth Road, WD17 3JN (Town centre end of Watford, next to the Town Hall), 01923 571102, [2]. Puts on shows of all types, many famous artists.  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

Watch a football match at Watford Football Club, who compete in the world-famous Premier League. While the town's Vicarage Road Stadium is somewhat smaller than those of the more famous clubs, match tickets are generally cheaper and more available than at nearby big-name clubs such as Arsenal or Chelsea, meaning that visitors to London who wish to watch a live Premier League game should consider this. On occasion, tickets are still available from the ticket office on the day, but it is highly advisable to purchase match tickets in advance.

Buy[edit][add listing]

Intu Watford is the main shopping mall with John Lewis, Jane Norman, French Connection Outlet, Monsoon and separate Accesorize in addition to Acessorize in the Monsoon, River Island, Anne Summers, La Senza, Zara, WHSmith (post office at the back), Pineapple, Lush and many other shops. There is also New Look, Topshop (inc Topman), Computer Exchange, The End and Next to Choice (a Next outlet) on the High Street.

Eat[edit][add listing]

There are many choices.

For Restaurants, there is Que Pasa, Flower Drum (chinese), Flame (chinese buffet), various Pizza restaurants (Pizza et pizza, Zinco, Ask, Pizza Hut, Pizza Express), Caribbean, Japanese (Hanko)...

Fast food - Two Macdonalds, Burger King, two Subways, various pizza takeaway places (Dominos, Pizza hut, Pizza express, various kebab shops.

Halal - Roosters (burgers, chicken wings, chips...), various kebab shops.

Cafés - Presence coffee shop with paninis, muffins, with a spa upstairs and a gift shop out front. TJ Hughes has a restaurant/café, as does BHS. For the more traditional fry up, head to Aroma at the bottom of the high street for relatively healthy and delicious breakfasts, chips, burgers etc. Toast, next to Roosters and almost opposite the Palace Theatre, serves sandwiches, juice etc. Try Go Kula cafe on Market Place for vegetarian food but it is a bit hit and miss. Best to go there for a chat, read a few books and meet the local mums and toddlers. The YMCA serves good food - it is behind Poundland/next to the indoor market.

Coffee Starbucks and Costa in the Harlequin, Caffe Nero by St. Mary's Church on the High Street, Presence in the north end of the High Street, McDonalds on either end of the High Street... Plenty of places with plenty of choice.

Drink[edit][add listing]

Watford Town Centre comes alive at night particularly on Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays. The bars and clubs are practically all positioned next to each other up the High Street. As a general rule the music is louder, the drinks are more expensive and the atmosphere is more lively the further up the High Street you go, though there are exceptions.

A flyover divides the strip into the 'High Street' and 'The Parade'. Starting from the High Street and walking up:

  • Que Pasa, High Street.
  • Revolution, High Street.
  • Moon Under Water, High Street.
  • Chicago Rock Cafe, The Parade.
  • Area, The Parade, [10].
  • O'Neills, The Parade.
  • Reflex, The Parade.
  • The Columbia Press (formally, Lloyds No. 1 Bar), The Parade.
  • Walkabout, The Parade.
  • Kandi Klub, The Parade.
  • Bar Me, The Parade.
  • Oceana, The Parade, [11]. M,Th-Sa. 10PM-3AM. Watford's biggest nightclub.
  • Yates's, The Parade.
  • Bar Nazdrovya, The Parade.
  • Bodega, The Parade [12]

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Premier Inn, Hilton, Park Inn, Travelstop, The Grove (tres expensive but tres beautiful), Travelodge x2, Holiday Inn Express... Expect to pay around £70-80 to stay in the brand names. For B&B stays, try Berry Grove Lodge (01923 218015), The Orchard House Guest House [13], Ricky Road Guesthouse [14].

  • Park Inn Watford, 30-40 St. Albans Road, +44 1923 429 988, [3]. Perfectly located for working in London, but being out somewhere quieter - with only a 20 minute journey to London.  edit
  • Mercure London Watford Hotel, A41 Watford Bypass WD25 8JH, (+44)844/8159056 (fax: (+44) 20 8950 7809), [4]. The 3 star Mercure London Watford Hotel is located on the outskirts of London.  edit

Stay safe[edit]

Get out[edit]

Watford Junction station is a ten-minute walk from the high street. Fast, frequent trains run by London Midland take 16 minutes to get to London Euston. Oyster cards accepted from Watford into London (but not north of Watford).

Slower London Overground trains also stop at Watford High Street and stop at Harrow, Bushey, and various North London stops. Oyster cards also accepted.

Frequent trains from Watford Junction go to nearby Hertfordshire towns including:

Birmingham and Brighton are also within easy reach by train from Watford.

London Underground Metropolitan line serves Watford at the secluded tube station on the far side of Cassiobury Park. Take a pleasant 30-minute walk through the park and then catch the Tube to Harrow, Wembley or go on to Baker Street to visit Sherlock Holmes's offices or to see London's other attractions. Change at Moor Park to go to Chesham, Amersham and Rickmansworth, lovely large villages with much to offer.

Get the 6 bus to Rickmansworth - a lovely small town with a church, canal... Get the 8/318 bus to Abbots Langley and enjoy the small cafés and the large park and woods.

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