Letchworth is famous for being the first garden city in the world. Situated to the north of the county with an excellent rail service to and from London King’s Cross Station which only takes 45 minutes.
Just off the A1(M) (J9) the town provides easy access for those arriving by road from the north or the south of the country.
Continuing to reflect its Garden City Movement heritage in building style and layout, many of Letchworth’s structures are listed buildings ensuring that the unique character of this early 20th century new town is retained. Following investment and the establishment of the Letchworth Heritage Foundation, which aims to make the town a regional centre for the arts, the town has seen new additions in the form of the Broadway Studio and Gallery, followed by a new theatre.
Independent retailers are beginning to thrive in Letchworth, this is evident with the popular David’s Bookshop Café, a hybrid bookshop coffee shop, which definitely adds to Letchworth’s uniqueness.
There is a vast amount of green space in Letchworth, but Howard Park and Gardens particularly stands out for visitors due to the fact that it is in the heart of the town centre, as intended for this world first garden city. This area has recently undergone a huge restoration costing £2.7 million from the Big Lottery Fund and the Heritage Lottery Fund through the Parks for People Scheme. The park is also home to the Mrs Howard Memorial Hall, a Grade II listed building, which is Letchworth’s first public building and continues to regularly host different types of events.
One of the most stunning structures in Letchworth is the Spirella Building; as the name suggests its history lies in the “Spirella Stay” invented in 1904 and manufactured by the Spirella Corset Company Inc which established its UK factory in Letchworth in 1912. Rooms in the Spirella Building, including the beautiful Art Deco styled ballroom, are available for hire.