Letchworth (as it was known to George Orwell / Eric Blair) is now known as Letchworth Garden City. The ‘Garden City’ part of the name derives from it being the very first such, founded or inspired by Ebenezer Howard after his book To-morrow: A Peaceful Path to Real Reform (later republished as Garden Cities of To-morrow), in which he advocated the construction of a new kind of town.
Rail Letchworth Garden City is about 38 miles from central London, some 35-40 minutes from Letchworth rail station to London King’s Cross. For visitors travelling from the north down the East Coast line, change at either Hitchin or Stevenage. The main cab rank of the town is outside the station entrance.
Road Letchworth is at junction 9 of the A1(M) motorway (going from North London past Stevenage on to Peterborough, Yorkshire and beyond), and between Hitchin and Baldock on the A505. There are car parks in and around the town centre – see this map.
Airports It is about about 10 miles or 30 minutes drive from London Luton Airport (LTN), about 20 miles from London Stansted (LST) airport, and about an hour from London Heathrow (LHR). It is an easy rail journey from London Gatwick airport (LGW) to London St.Pancras Station with a very short walk to the platform at London King’s Cross for the train to Letchworth.
Where to stay Letchworth, and the towns nearby of Hitchin and Baldock, and Stevenage not far away, and many villages in easy reach, have a good mix of hotels, bed-and-breakfasts, old and new, large and small, town centre and country situated. For the time we would recommend you to visit the guide produced by Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation for more details about places, prices and locations. The Heritage Foundation has a tourist information centre which can help with more detailed enquiries, and you can contact them by telephone on +44 (0)1462 487868, web form or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that there is no accommodation in Wallington, the village associated with this Festival.
The main venues in Letchworth are mostly in the town centre within a short (walking) distance of the station. A few are slightly further afield, either a longer walk or a short bus or car journey. The main cab rank is outside the station in the town centre.
Access to Wallington is normally by car, but for the special events in the village we expect to have laid-on bus transport from Letchworth town centre.