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

Hertford is the county town of Hertfordshire in England and has a population of around 29,000 in 2021. It was the birthplace of Samuel Stone, who is credited with being the founder of Hartford, Connecticut. The medieval town was built next to Hertford Castle that protects the ford through the River Lee replacing an earlier Saxon burh.

Understand[edit]

Parliament Square, Hertford Town Centre

Tourist information[edit]

Get in[edit]

It lies 20 mi (32 km) miles directly north of London.

By bicycle[edit]

  • National Cycle Route 61 (NCN 61). Long distance cycle route from Maidenhead (Berkshire) to Broxbourne (Hertfordshire). National Cycle Route 61 (Q30687084) on Wikidata National Cycle Route 61 on Wikipedia

By rail[edit]

Despite its relatively small size, Hertford has two railway stations:

By bus[edit]

Hertford bus station is at Bircherley Green.

  • 3 Hertford Bus Station, Bircherley Green, SG14 1RL, toll-free: 0300 123 4050. Hertford Bus Station (Q115271708) on Wikidata

By road[edit]

Hertford is close to the A10, A414, A1(M) and M25. From the A10 take the junction for Hertford at Rush Green. From the A1(M) take Junction 4 for Welywn Garden City and follow the A414 Eastbound. From the M25 Junction 23 links up with the A1(M), or Junction 25 links the A10. The town can be reached in 45 minutes from Stansted Airport via the A10 and A120. It can be reached from London Gatwick and London Heathrow via the M25.

By plane[edit]

Hertford can be reached by public transport from all five London airports:

  • London Heathrow (LHR IATA) – Greenline 724 bus (2½ hr) or the Piccadilly Line connecting at Finsbury Park to Hertford North (1½ hr).
  • London Stansted (STN IATA) – National Express bus route 737 (45 mins); or Greater Anglia train to Broxbourne and change for train to Hertford East.
  • London Gatwick (LGW IATA) – Thameslink train to Finsbury Park and change for train to Hertford North.
  • London City (LCY IATA) – Docklands Light Railway (DLR) to Stratford station, then train to Hertford East.
  • London Luton (LTN IATA) – National Express bus route 737 to Hertford East station (1 hr).

Get around[edit]

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

See[edit]

Hertford Castle

Points of interest include:

  • 1 Hertford Castle, The Castle, SG14 1HR, +44 1992 552 885, . Dates back to 900 AD, although only the gatehouse and some walls are remaining. The building is now the government office of Hertford Town Council, a museum, and an event space. Hertford Castle (Q2363520) on Wikidata Hertford Castle on Wikipedia
  • 2 St. Leonard’s Church, 28 St Leonard's Rd, Bengeo, SG14 3JW (from Port Hill follow Hartham Bank footpath north of Hartham Common), +44 1992 413 691. A Norman church built about 1120 and the oldest building in Hertford. Church of Saint Leonard, Bengeo (Q5117046) on Wikidata St Leonard's Church, Bengeo on Wikipedia
  • 3 St Nicholas Hall (Beckwith & Son), 43 St Andrew St, SG14 1HZ (next to St Andrews Church), +44 1992 582 079. Number 43 Including St Nicholas Hall (Q17554087) on Wikidata
  • 4 The home of Alfred Russel Wallace, Wallace House, 11 St Andrew Street, SG14 1HZ. Russel proposed the theory of natural selection more or less at the same time as Charles Darwin. It is marked with a plaque.
  • 5 Quaker Meeting House, 50 Railway St, SG14 1EH. The oldest purpose-built one in the world (in Railway Street), in use since 1670. Friends Meeting House (Q17554095) on Wikidata
  • 6 Shire Hall, 4 Market Place, SG14 1DF, +44 1992 588998. It was built in 1779 and designed by the noted architect, Robert Adam. Shire Hall (Q17528941) on Wikidata Shire Hall, Hertford on Wikipedia
  • 7 Samuel Stone memorial, Mill Bridge, SG14 1PZ (next to Hertford Theatre on Mill Bridge). A statue of the founder of Hartford. Samuel Stone (Q7412710) on Wikidata Samuel Stone on Wikipedia
  • 8 Hertford Museum, 18 Bull Plain, SG14 1DT, +44 1992 582686. Although small, this museum in the town centre offers a fascinating range of artifacts and an oversight of the history of the town. Hertford Museum (Q5744704) on Wikidata Hertford Museum on Wikipedia
  • 9 Christ's Hospital (Bluecoat's School), 1 Bluecoats Ave, Hertford SG14 1PB. Bluecoats House (Q26682789) on Wikidata

Do[edit]

The view from Millbridge, Hertford town
  • 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, with the 10 Hertford Castle Weir. Hertford Castle Weir (Q15223749) on Wikidata Hertford Castle Weir on Wikipedia next to the Hertford Theatre.
  • 1 Hertford Theatre, The Wash, SG14 1PS, +44 1992 531 500, . Hertford Theatre (Q33062100) on Wikidata
  • 2 Manic Ceramics, 22 Port Vale, SG14 3AB, +44 1992 554 124. Tu-F 10AM-5PM. Paint your own pottery Manic Ceramics Hertford (Q104523173) on Wikidata

Buy[edit]

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

  • 4 Eye Mind Heart, 41 Fore St, SG14 1AL, . 9AM–6PM. Homewares shop.
  • 5 The Shop, 19-21 Parliament Square, Hertford SG14 1EX. Homewares Shop.

Market[edit]

  • 6 Hertfords Farmers Market, Salisbury Square, SG14 1BG. 8AM-3PM 2nd Sa every month. Fruit & vegetables, cheese. Hertford Farmers Market (Q101499712) on Wikidata

Eat[edit]

Drink[edit]

McMullen's Brewery
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Hertford is well provisioned with public houses many of which are supplied by the 11 McMullens brewery. McMullens Brewery (Q26559158) on Wikidata in the town:

Not McMullens[edit]

Some town centre pubs that don't sell McMullen's Beer:

Off Centre[edit]

Out of Hertford's town centre:

The Old Barge

North[edit]

To the north of Hertford in Bengeo:

Coffee and milkshakes[edit]

Sleep[edit]

Salisbury Arms Hotel
  • 1 Cinnabar Hotel, 88-96 Fore St, SG14 1AA, +44 1992 660 660. 4-star hotel with night club and 14 individually decorated rooms. Fair restaurant with extensive wine list. £90-150.
  • 2 Number One Port Hill, 1 Port Hill, SG14 1PJ, +44 1992 587350. Gorgeous arty B&B with three rooms in a Georgian town house. No children under 12 or dogs. B&B double £130. 1-7, Port Hill (Q26559089) on Wikidata
  • 3 Salisbury Arms Hotel (was the Bell), Fore St, SG14 1BZ, +44 1992 583 091. M-Sa 8AM-10PM, Su 8AM-8:30PM. Beautiful Grade II* 15th-century McMullens Hotel with white pargeted façades. (Closed for renovation as of Aug 2022.) The Salisbury Arms (Q17554133) on Wikidata
  • 4 The White Horse Hotel, 234 Hertingfordbury Road, Hertingfordbury (1.4 miles west from Hertford along A414, turn south at Thieves Lane roundabout into Hertingfordbury Village), +44 1992 586791, . Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 11:00. A country inn dating from the 15th-century, this pub with guest rooms is in the quiet village of Hertingfordbury. £90+. White Horse Inn (Q26559162) on Wikidata

Cope[edit]

  • 2 Public toilet (adjacent to Six Templars by the entrance to the castle). free. The Wash Public Toilets Hertford (Q105061602) on Wikidata

Go next[edit]

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

  • To the east, Ware, 3 mi (4.8 km) miles following the River Lea.
  • To the west, Hatfield, 8 mi (13 km) miles along the A414 and another 6 mi (9.7 km) to St Albans.
  • To the south west through country lanes to Essendon, Brookmans Park and Potters Bar along the B158.
Routes through Hertford
Stevenage ← Watton-at-stone ←  Stevenage BR logo.svg London  Finsbury ParkMoorgate
END  Hertford BR logo.svg London  → Broxbourne → Liverpool Street
MaidenheadWelwyn Garden City  W NCN Route Sign 61.svg E  WareBroxbourne
CambridgeBuntingford  N UK road A10.svg S  → Hoddesdon → London
Hemel HempsteadHatfield  W UK road A414.svg E  HarlowMaldon



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