Watford is a haven for those seeking nature, theatre and art in the midst of an urban metropolis. You can enjoy country parks, museums, markets and temples, while also exploring outdoor woodlands and settings from the Harry Potter films.
Things to do in Watford
Nature calls in Watford with expansive outdoor recreation spots, such as Cassiobury Park, a 77-hectare wooded preserve with ancient forests, streams, canals and a miniature railway. At Aldenham Country Park, you’ll find a lake and farm activities, including pony rides. Visit Cheslyn House & Gardens to see the aviary, exotic plants and garden sculptures.
The magic of film is highlighted at the Warner Bros. Studio Tour -The Making of Harry Potter. You’ll see the props, sets and costumes from Harry Potter films, including famous scenes, such as Diagon Alley, the Great Hall and Dumbledore’s office. In the evening, treat the family to musical theatre, plays, ballet, comedy or opera at either Watford Palace Theatre or Watford Colosseum.
Browse Watford Museum for fine art and local history exhibits, then discover antique firefighting equipment at Herts Fire Museum. Visit Chenies Manor, a country estate where you’ll find gardens, mazes and an authentic dungeon. In the countryside near Watford, you can enjoy cultural programs, drama and traditional dance at Bhaktivedanta Manor, a Gaudiya Vaishnava temple.
The glass-roofed Intu Watford shopping centre offers more than 140 modern shops and eateries where you can pick up the latest London fashions. For a unique shopping experience, head to Watford Market and browse indie clothing, antiques, fresh produce and one-of-a-kind jewellery.
Getting around Watford
Transportation options in Watford include rail, buses, trams and taxis. You can pick up a rental car in the city or at London Luton Airport, about 30 kilometres away.