According to the Office of National Statistics, Watford has previously been ranked as the happiest place to live in East England. With a buzzing centre, plenty of surrounding green spaces, a wide variety of entertainment and eateries, plus excellent travel connections, it’s easy to see why Watford puts a smile on its residents’ faces.
Watford Transport Links
Watford boasts excellent transport links to London, the Midlands and beyond. It also sits in Zone 7 of the London Fare Zones, despite its location outside of the city. You can be at London Euston in a speedy 20 minutes, or Baker Street in around 40 minutes.
There are three local rail stations, Watford Junction, Watford North and Garston. Watford Junction is also home to the London Overground service on the Watford DC Line and there is a separate Overground station in the town at Watford High Street too. Watford is also served by an Underground station which is the terminus for the Watford to Aldgate branch of the Metropolitan Line with services running every 10 minutes.
Watford Schools and Education
For families, Watford offers plenty of excellent schools right on the doorstep, both state and independent, many of which have been rated either “outstanding” or “good” by Ofsted.
Out and About in Watford
Watford is also home to plenty of green, outdoor space which includes 12 Green Flag Parks, more than any other part of Hertfordshire. Cassiobury Park has some fun splash pools which are a popular choice with families, there are also picnic spots, cafes, play areas and river walks to keep you busy.
Watford is also surrounded by the Hertfordshire countryside and is on the edge of The Chilterns, meaning you’re never far away from getting back to nature.
You will find plenty of shops in Watford, from high-street retailers to independent businesses. There are many coffee shops, eateries, pubs and bars to choose from. The Warner Bros Studio Tour is a must for any Harry Potter fan wanting to indulge in all things Hogwarts.