Stevenage is a large town in the southern English county of Hertfordshire. Designated as a new town in 1946, it is seen as a major commuter town for people working in London, as its location alongside the A1 means access to the capital is easy. Curiously, as well as having a modern town centre, it also has an ‘old town’ with a long high street where many independent shops are based.
The town has a burgeoning reputation as a live music and theatre destination, while its location near the lush Hertfordshire countryside makes the trip to Stevenage worthwhile. Stevenage also has a number of small parks and recreation grounds within its boundaries, providing plenty of places to go for a picnic or watch the world go by.
A hatchback would the sensible option for driving around Stevenage, as it would be small enough to go through the suburbs yet sufficiently powerful for the A-roads and motorways.
Although small in size, Stevenage Museum is fascinating. It’s one of the few places in town where you can learn about what life was like there before and after World War II, while its location in the new town centre is highly convenient.
St Nicholas Church is the oldest building in Stevenage. Located in the Old Town, it was erected in 1100 AD and stands proud among all the new houses and office blocks. The church is free to enter, but donations are welcome.
Stevenage Arts and Leisure Centre is an all-in-one venue located just a few hundred yards from the new town centre. It has a 500-seat theatre, concert hall, art gallery, fitness centre and visitors’ café, many of which are in excellent condition.
Great Ashby Country Park is one of the best places in town to go for a walk. One of the quietest parts of Stevenage, it’s a good place to play sports, have a picnic or just get away from it all if the town centre is a little too busy.
Stevenage has more than its fair share of roundabouts, some of which can be confusing. Take care when reaching one.
Traffic near the town’s train station can be heavy with cars, taxis and buses. Be sure to approach this area with caution.
The A1 (M) is where much of the traffic going through Stevenage is concentrated. On occasion, traffic jams occur tailing back to London.
London-Luton Airport is located just eight miles west of the town centre. It is one of the UK‚Äôs largest airports, providing a range of low-cost flights to destinations all over Europe, especially in the south of the continent where demand is high.
The airport can be reached by the A505 from Airport Way, going north then east to Hitchin. From there, take the A602 southeast, which will lead you to Stevenage itself.