Harpenden is a Hertfordshire town with a village-like atmosphere and it has some particularly picturesque features as well as a number of conference and meeting venues nearby. Geographically, Harpenden is located between two much larger towns – St Albans (to the south) and Luton (in Bedfordshire to the north).
Just 30 miles from London, Harpenden has its own railway station operated by Midland Main Line on the Thameslink route and the journey time to St Pancras International is a mere 25 minutes; there are also good connections with Luton, Luton Parkway and St Albans City. Harpenden also has excellent road links via the M1 (Junction 9) which provides access to the major road network including the M25 (M1 Junction 7).
Harpenden enjoys a fabulous café culture and the majority of cafés are owned independently, which makes Harpenden High Street unique from other high streets; there’s also a good mixture of independent and chain stores for any shopaholics amongst visiting conference delegates with spare time on their hands.
Rothamsted Research, one of the world’s oldest research institutes specialising in agriculture, is based in Harpenden and it is one of the town’s biggest employers. Rothamstead has developed its own conference venue onsite and specialises in international science events.
Another unique feature of the town is Harpenden Common, an award-winning green space, enabling residents and visitors to enjoy some peaceful escape time just walking distance from the High Street. The Common is used by a football club, two cricket clubs and a golf club but the common is so versatile that it is used for all sorts of other recreational and sporting events, such as classic car meetings and circuses.
Harpenden Golf Club is an established golf centre which is seen to be one of the best in Hertfordshire; set in mature parkland, it can cater for everyone’s golfing needs.