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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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 , Ricky Road Guesthouse .
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.