Hertfordshire’s largest town is a busy and prosperous regional centre for shopping and entertainment. The impressive Harlequin Shopping Centre, elegant Edwardian theatre and popular football club, supported by Sir Elton John, are just some of the features of this town.
To the south is Cassiobury Park with open space, woodland and boat trips on the Grand Union Canal.
Watford Museum was built in 1775 and now has displays of local history, brewing, printing and archaeology. It tells the story of Watford from prehistoric times to the present. There are special displays on the brewing and printing industries as well as wartime Watford. The museum also has an excellent art collection.
The head offices of a number of national companies such as Camelot Group, operator of the National Lottery; Iveco, manufacturers of commercial vehicles; Haden Young, the building services division of Balfour Beatty; Bathstore, the largest bathroom retailer in the UK; construction firm Taylor Woodrow; and Mothercare, are located in the town.
The borough is also the UK base of many multi-nationals including Total Oil, Sanyo, TK Maxx, Costco, Vinci, and Beko. International golf tournaments such as the 2006 World Golf Championship have taken place at the Grove Hotel.
The town was home to the Scammell Lorries Factory from 1922 until its closure in 1988. The site is now a residential area. Tandon motorcycles, founded by Devdutt Tandon, were also manufactured in Colne Way, By-Pass Road, Watford from 1947 until 1959. Models included the Imp, the Milemaster, the Superglide and the Kangaroo.
Frequent local bus services offer easy connections to Watford General Hospital, Northwood and West Herts College.
A market is held on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday.
Visiting Watford is easy using the Green Line 724 service.