Welwyn Garden City is one of the newer towns in the UK, it was the second Garden City in the country to be built, and was founded in 1920 in Hertfordshire. Today, it’s a thriving place to live in or visit, with many things to see and do in the town and the surrounding areas.
For entertainment in the town you could visit the Hawthorne Theatre for an evening of dance, comedy, fantasy, pantomime, and family and children’s entertainment. At the Garden City Cinema you’ll be able to watch all of the very latest releases from the world of cinema, along with live streamed events such as Ed Sheeran live in London’s Leicester Square, and the Bolshoi Ballet live from Moscow, as well as a great range of theatre for all of the family, there’s also a cafe and bar at this Theatre. For eating out, there’s a wide range of restaurants covering everything from traditional English food to Indian and French to Italian. There’s a nice selection of pubs and clubs in the town, many of which offer live music for a great night out.
For shopping you can visit the Howard Centre, which is a large shopping centre with all of the major retailers you would need, along with numerous independent stores. For business, conference centres in the town include those at Campus West and BioPark. For air travel, the nearest major airports are Luton Airport and Stansted Airport, slightly further away are Heathrow Airport and London City Airport
Welwyn Garden City Car Hire
Wherever you are in Welwyn Garden City, it’s guaranteed that you’ll to get a car from one of the leading suppliers who provide Welwyn Garden City car hire services, you can choose from many of the suppliers including Avis, Enterprise, Europcar, Firefly, Hertz, InterRent, Sixt and others.
You could visit these places while you’re in Welwyn Garden City:
Welwyn Roman Baths
You can visit the remains of this ancient Roman bath house, where there was originally a Roman villa built in the 3rd century. You can see the preserved ruins of this ancient site which include the hypocaust, the hot, warm and cold rooms along with the cold bath, all built with opus signinum which is a mixture of crushed tiles and mortar. You can learn about the importance of bathing in Roman life, and the making of the vault in which they are displayed, which is under the A1 motorway.
Close to the town, you can make a visit to the former home of world famous Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw, for more than forty years of his life from the early 20th century. Visitors can look around the rooms, preserved mostly as they were during Shaw’s life, with attractive Arts and Crafts decor. You can learn of the life of Shaw, who won a Nobel Prize for Literature as well as an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, Pygmalion. You can also see Shaw’s Writing Hut where he wrote a number of his works, situated at the end of his peaceful garden.
Mill Green Mill Museum
Just outside the town is this working watermill which produces flour and was built in the 1700’s. This restored mill is a charming place to come and learn about the milling history, see demonstrations on milling days, and purchase some of the organic flour for yourself. The museum here has collections of exhibits from the area dating back to the ancient Roman era and onwards, and children can have fun with the various activities here such as dressing up. While you’re here you can take take a walk around the Mill Green Jubilee Garden situated by the river and has been designed in a Tudor knot garden style.
All ages can enjoy this lovely large Park with green open space, lakes and hills. There’s both a boating lake where you can take rowing boat trips, and a sailing lake where you can take part in watersports such as as windsurfing, sailing and kayaking. You can follow the nature trail around the Park and enjoy some orienteering, or otherwise just take it easy at the tranquil water’s edge by the lakes.
Gosling Sports Park
This is a large sports Park where you can take part in a varied range of sports and health activities, with facilities such as tennis courts and tennis coaching, a fully equipped gym and health spa with a range of beauty treatments, spa pool and thermal rooms. You can also take a number of fitness classes at the Park such as dancing, aerobics, boxercise, yoga and pilates.
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