"An early garden city" Welwyn Garden City by colin_bramso

Welwyn Garden City Travel Guide: 21 reviews and 73 photos


My family lives in and around WGC so we visit quite often but I haven't taken photographs before this last trip. Even then I didn't take many - I'll try to do better on future trips so that I can build the page properly.

WGC was built in the 1920s on empty land as one of the first of the garden cities, experimental new towns planned to be built in agricultural areas and limited in size. A revolutionary idea at the time, they would combine urban and rural living.

The original central area is beautiful but it's sadly now surrounded by a sprawl of industrial areas and cheap, ugly, low-cost housing estates.

From the railway station in the centre of the town it's an easy half hour trip into central London. That puts the town and surrounding area firmly into commuter territory.

The station has been developed to include a shopping mall and the town centre itself has a variety of shops, including a John Lewis department store and a choice of big-name supermarkets plus varied small local shops, cafes and a couple of pubs.

  • Last visit to Welwyn Garden City: Apr 2011
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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