Harpenden is a town in Hertfordshire near the border of Bedfordshire. It is between and near to the city of St Albans and Luton. Primarily a residential community, in the outside of the London commuter belt, but if passing through, there are interesting sights and pleasant places to be enjoyed in this town.
Harpenden is built around 1 Harpenden Common. , the prime area of Harpenden, with the High Street and Station to its north and Southdown to its south.
1 Harpenden station is served by First Capital Connect from London St Pancras and Luton Airport Parkway. First Capital Connect also serves Gatwick Airport, with direct journeys only operating at certain times. At times of limited direct services, it is possible to change at London St Pancras onto another First Capital Connect service northbound towards Bedford.
Local bus companies operate services around the town and connect Harpenden to Luton, St Albans, Welwyn Garden City, Hatfield and other nearby towns, but the most advisable way to navigate Harpenden is on foot.
If you have a lot of luggage or a number of people travelling in your party then booking Harpenden Taxis will make the price more affordable.
2 Rothampsted Manor and Park (is located on the western side of the town). was part of the estate of agricultural scientist Sir John Bennett Lawes. The Rothampsted Experimental Station is still functioning, but it is open to the public to walk through. Nearer the town, the expansive park remains a very pleasant place to spend summer afternoons. Equipped with: a skate park, tennis courts and a children's play area.
3 Batford Springs Natural Reserve, Lower Luton Road (located on the River Lea on the eastern side of the town, follow Station Road.). is another green open area to pass time. There is a river ford, stepping stones, weir and sluice gate - exploring these can be fun for kids.
4 Church Green War Memorial, High Street, AL5 2TJ.
- Harpenden Lions Highland Gathering, Rothamsted Park. Held for a day out with: pipe and drum bands, highland dancing and traditional highland games.
1 Pasta Cibo, 2 Harding Parade, Station Road, AL5 4SW, ☏ . is a family favourite for many residents, with reasonably priced and delicious home-style Italian cooking, in a warm and welcoming atmosphere.
- Towards the north of the High Street is 'The Bangkok Lounge', offering very nice Thai cuisine.
- Shapla is on Station Road, and has a nice variety of Indian food.
Prices of all these restaurants above are reasonable, but remember that dining out in Britain is not a particularly cheap option.
In Harpenden High Street:
1 The Cross Keys, 39 High St, AL5 2SD, ☏ .
On the west side of Harpenden Common:
- Silver Cup listed under Sleep.
7 The Gibraltar Castle, Lower Luton Rd, AL5 5AH, ☏ . Tu-Su noon-10PM, M 2:30-10PM.
8 The Malta, Lower Luton Rd, AL5 5AH, ☏ .
10 The Carpenters Arms, 14 Cravells Rd, AL5 1BD, ☏ . M-S 10:30AM-11PM, Su noon–10:30PM.
15 The Elephant and Castle, Amwell La, AL4 8EA (drive through the country towards Wheathampstead and turn right into Down Green Lane), ☏ , email@example.com. noon-9PM, Su closes 4PM. Check out the beautifully lit well inside this pub.
1 Public Toilet (in front of Pizza Express.). free.
- To the south St Albans,5 mi (8.0 km) along the A1081 (was A6).
- If you can get hold of a bicycle and a map (or a desire to explore independently), there are great opportunities for discovering nearby villages such as Kimpton, Peter's Green, Whitwell, Wheathamstead, Redbourn or Flamstead. All of these have more individual small-town feels to them, and often have nice pubs to stop by in.
|Routes through Harpenden|
|Luton Airport ← Luton ←||North South||→ St Albans → High Barnet|