Welwyn Garden City is one of the England’s first garden cities, this new town was founded by Sir Ebenezer Howard in the 1920s and attracts a great deal of global interest from architects and town planners as an excellent example and product of the garden city movement.
The town has excellent transport links: travelling from London Kings Cross you can be in Welwyn Garden City in less than 30 minutes; those travelling from the City of London need to allow just 50 minutes from London’s Moorgate station. The conference and meetings delegate, or organiser, travelling by car will find Welwyn Garden City is just a few miles away from J5 and a short distance from J4 on the A1(M) which runs north/south and is equally accessible from the A414 which runs east /west.
In its inimitable garden city style, designed by Louis de Soissons, Welwyn Garden City has a distinctive feel to it with its deliberately placed green spaces interspersed with fountains and framed by tree-lined streets in an almost grid-like formation.
Home to British Lead Mills Ltd since the 1930s the town now has many other big name employers such as Ocado and Tesco demonstrating how attractive Welwyn Garden City is to UK leading brands.
The Howard Centre, named after the town’s founder, complements the older shopping centre where John Lewis has a large store with restaurant; other brands abound such as Debenhams, Topshop, H&M and M&S all served by an abundance of car parks.
Surrounded by green belt there is plenty of outdoor space to enjoy nearby and a wealth of country house hotels providing excellent conference and meeting space.
A variety of water sports can also sampled at Stanborough Park, on the outskirts of the town, this beautiful green space has a stunning urban lake setting where there is the opportunity to sail, canoe and much more.