- For other places with the same name, see Hertford (disambiguation).
Hertford is the county town of Hertfordshire in England and has a population of around 26,000 in 2011. It lies 20 mi (32 km) miles directly north of London. It was the birthplace of Samuel Stone, who is credited with being the founder of Hartford, Connecticut.
Despite its relatively small size, Hertford has two railway stations: 1 Hertford East has regular services from London Liverpool Street station, while 2 Hertford North connects up with Moorgate in the City of London (during weekdays) as well as with London King's Cross station (all week). Journey time around 45 minutes.
It is just 30 minutes from Stansted Airport and can be reached from London Gatwick and London Heathrow via the M25 London ring road.
Hertford can be reached by public transport from five nearby airports:
- London Heathrow (LHR IATA) – Greenline 724 bus (2½ hr) or Picadilly Line connecting at Finsbury Park to line to Hertford North (1½ hr).
- London Stansted (STN IATA) – National Express Bus 767 (1 hr) or train to Broxbourne connecting with line to Hertford East.
- London Gatwick (LGW IATA) – Thameslink train to St Pancras and cross to next-door London King's Cross station for train to Hertford North, changing at Finsbury Park on weekdays (2 hr).
- London City (LCY IATA) – Docklands Light Railway (DLR) to Bank underground station, underground to Liverpool Street station then train to Hertford East.
- London Luton (LTN IATA) – National Express 767 to Hertford East station (1 hr).
Hertford has a small town centre and everything can be seen by walking around.
Points of interest include:
- Hertford Castle. It goes back to 900, although there is little remaining. The building is now government offices.
2 St. Leonard’s Church, 28 St Leonard's Rd, Bengeo, SG14 3JW (from Port Hill follow Hartham Bank footpath north of Hartham Common), ☏ . A Norman church built about 1120 and the oldest building in Hertford.
3 St Nicholas Hall (Beckwith & Son), 43 St Andrew St, SG14 1HZ (next to St Andrews Church), ☏ .
4 The home of Alfred Russel Wallace, 11 St. Andrew St. Russell proposed the theory of natural selection more or less at the same time as Charles Darwin. It is marked with a plaque.
5 Quaker Meeting House, Railway Street. The oldest purpose-built one in the world (in Railway Street), in use since 1670.
6 Shire Hall, 4 Market Place, SG14 1DF, ☏ . It was built in 1779 and designed by the noted architect, Robert Adam.
7 Samuel Stone memorial, Mill Bridge (next to the Castle Theatre on Mill Bridge). A statue of the founder of Hartford.
9 Christ's Hospital (Bluecoat's School), 1 Bluecoats Ave, Hertford SG14 1PB.
- Walk along the rivers. Hertford is at the confluence of four rivers, with the Rivers Beane, Mimram and Rib flowing into the River Lea and forming a navigable canal at Hertford, with the 10 Hertford Castle Weir. next to
Hertford is a noted centre for shops selling antiques and collectables.
3 Rossi's Attic, 4 Mill Bridge, SG14 1PY, ☏ . Vintage shop.
- Loch Fyne, 130 Fore Street (in the centre of town), ☏ . Noon-10PM. Part of a chain of 49 restaurants in the UK, offering kippers, kiln-roasted salmon fillet, oysters, well-aged rib-eye steak and smoked venison. £25.
1 Oh My Cod (Fish Bar), 39 Cowbridge, Hertford SG14 1PN, ☏ . M-Th 11:30AM-10PM, F Sa 11:30-11PM, Su 3-10PM.
- The Riverside Garden Centre (by the river side). Has a fine restaurant. Traditional English breakfast, light lunches, hot and cold snacks, main meals and fresh cream teas.
5 Lomo Bar and Grill, St Andrews Street.
10 The Woolpack, Mill Bridge, SG14 1PZ, ☏ . McMullens
Some town centre pubs that don't sell McMullen's Beer:
Out of Hertford's town centre:
To the north of Hertford in Bengeo:
19 White Lion, 59 Bengeo St, Bengeo, SG14 3ET, ☏ .
Coffee and milkshakesEdit
20 Hertford Coffee Lab, 6 Bull Plain, SG14 1DT. M-Sa 9AM-5PM, Su 9AM-4PM.
2 Number One Port Hill, 1 Port Hill, SG14 1PJ, ☏ . Gorgeous arty B&B with three rooms in a Georgian town house. No children under 12 or dogs. B&B double £130.
4 White Horse Hotel, Hertingfordbury Road, Hertingfordbury (1 mile west of Hertford, turn left at the roundabout), ☏ , fax: . 42-room hotel of the Aquarius chain in a quiet village close to Hertford. £55 per room and up.
1 Public Toilet (adjacent to Six Templars by the entrance to the castle). closed during Covid. free.
The surrounding villages are very attractive and very affluent as the area forms part of London's commuter belt.
- To the east, Ware, 3 mi (4.8 km) miles following the River Lea.
- To the west, Hatfield, 8 mi (13 km) miles along the A414 and another 6 mi (9.7 km) to St Albans.
- To the south west through country lanes to Essendon, Brookmans Park and Potters Bar along the B158.
|Routes through Hertford|
|Cambridge ← Buntingford ←||N S||→ Hoddesdon → London|
|Hemel Hempstead ← Hatfield ←||W E||→ Harlow → Maldon|