Originally developed as a satellite town for London, this 1900s new town was the realised dream of Ebenezer Howard, a pioneer of modern town planning. It was created as Britain's very first garden city, as result of a campaign for better housing and living conditions in London.
Red-brick Georgian-style buildings overlook the fountained green square of Broadway Gardens © TAB
The city forms a self-sufficient series of independent neighbourhoods with schools, shops, employment and green open spaces. The spacious town centre is laid-out in a grid-pattern with tree lined avenues, squares and gardens, overflowing with mature shrubs and neat flowerbeds. The centre is well served with stylish independent shops, eateries and services.
The town is cited as a cradle of the Arts & Crafts movement and the craft workshops and art studios on the Wynd provide the opportunity to explore the city's artistic heritage. The modern arts centre and Art Deco style cinema are also not to be missed.
The ancient trackway of Icknield Way passes through Letchworth, along a route that is lined with almond trees. To the north (near Ashwell) is the site of an iron age hill fort at Arbury Banks.
A peaceful green space in the centre of the city, bordered by mature trees. Lawned areas for relaxation, picnics and family fun. Children's play area, paddling splash pool. Also formal gardens and a bowling green.
Letchworth's unique development is illustrated in the heritage museum, located in the original offices of the town architects. The museum also reiterates the story and development of the garden city movement across the UK.
Opening times: all year, Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat (closed BHs), 10am to 5pm Small admission charge
Location: Broadway, Letchworth SG6 3PF - Tel: 01462 685647
Facilities: Parking nearby, shop.