Welwyn Garden City is England's second garden city after Letchworth, and was designed to offer residents the best of both urban and rural living, while avoiding the downsides of each.

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From Shredded Wheat to Alesha Dixon, several household names have come from Welwyn Garden City.

The town is perhaps most well-known for being one of England's first garden cities, as well as one of its earliest new towns.

Welwyn Garden City was founded by Sir Ebenezer Howard in 1920. Sir Ebenezer was the father of the garden city movement, and designed the town as a thriving industrial community surrounded by countryside - offering the best of both worlds.

The town has wide pavements and roads, which are surrounded by green space. Parkway, the central street, is nearly a mile long and is marked by a tree-lined boulevard, leading up to the large Coronation Fountain in the town centre.

Herts Advertiser: The Howard Centre, Welwyn Garden CityThe Howard Centre, Welwyn Garden City (Image: Danny Loo)

Welwyn Garden City was once the home of Shredded Wheat. After 73 years in the town, the factory ceased production in 2008, and is in the process of being turned into a major housing development.

Several famous faces have also called the town home, including former England goalkeeper David James, social media stars Woody and Kleiny, golf legend Nick Faldo, Britain's Got Talent judge Alesha Dixon and DJ Jaguar Skills - with the latter two both attending Monk's Walk School.

The town was also used as a filming location for the 2013 film The World’s End, starring Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Martin Freeman.  


The town's main shopping hub is the Howard Centre, which has a range of high street stores including Fat Face, WH Smith and H&M.

There are also banks, travel agents, a Waterstone's and plenty of coffee shops in the town centre. 

Supermarkets include Sainsbury's, Waitrose and Aldi - but perhaps the biggest draw for shoppers is the large John Lewis department store, complete with café, which attracts visitors from across Hertfordshire. 

Herts Advertiser: John Lewis, Welwyn Garden CityJohn Lewis, Welwyn Garden City (Image: Danny Loo)

Tesco is also based in WGC, and has its head office in Shire Park.


Welwyn Garden City has a range of restaurants, with popular chains such as Cote and new Thai restaurant Giggling Squid within easy walking distance of each other.

Independent restaurants in the town centre include Turkish and Mediterranean favourite Misya Meze & Grill, as well as Indian eatery Red.

The Waggoners is also a highly regarded pub and restaurant in the nearby hamlet of Ayot Green.


Stanborough Park covers 126 acres and contains two large lakes as well as a water sports activity centre, which offers sailing, kayaking and paddle boarding. The lakes are also a popular spot for fishing.

Campus West in the centre of town is home to a cinema - which shows a selection of the latest releases - and the Roller City roller skating rink.

Meanwhile Gosling Sports Park has a dry ski slope, driving range, trampoline park and tennis courts, as well as a large gym and athletics track.

Welwyn Garden City Golf Club has beautifully kept greens and fairways on its 18-hole course, with fantastic facilities at its welcoming clubhouse.

Herts Advertiser: Stanborough LakesStanborough Lakes (Image: Archant)


Welwyn Garden City is a popular place to live for commuters due to its excellent transport links.

The train station, which is accessed from within the Howard Centre, has a direct service into King's Cross (which takes less than half an hour) and Moorgate, as well as destinations further north, such as Cambridge.

The town is also close to many motorways for drivers, including the A1(M), M25 and the M1. 


Some of the most attractive properties in Welwyn Garden City are found on the west side, which is lined with neo-Georgian detached and semi-detached cottages.

Elsewhere, the Panshanger housing development is home to a range of properties, including the modern 'Span'-style homes which were popular in the 1960s.  

According to Rightmove, properties in Welwyn Garden City had an overall average price of £441,804 over the last year.   

Homes currently on the market locally range from a four-bedroom detached property in Hawthorn for £899,995 and a three-bedroom semi-detached property at Kingsfield for £730,000.