Harpenden is an attractive town, surrounded by countryside but with easy access into nearby towns and also into London. Nearby towns include St Albans (5 miles south), Luton (5 miles north), Hemel Hempstead (7 miles south west) and Welwyn Garden City (7 miles east).|
Harpenden's origin is as an agricultural and farming community. The arrival of a railway station on the Luton to London Kings Cross line saw the village develop. Over the past 100 years the town has become an affluent, attractive and desirable place to live with many listed buildings. The whole of the town centre is classified as a conservation area. Although Harpenden now has almost 30,000 residents, it is still often referred to as "Harpenden Village".
Harpenden Train Station is one stop south of Luton while the next stop south is St Albans. Harpenden to London Kings Cross takes about 26 minutes and so the town is popular with those commuting into the City.
Although not a major shopping centre, Harpenden has a good selection of shops, supermarkets and other amenities. There are numerous estate agents to serve the town and surrounding villages.
For leisure and entertainment, Harpenden has a wide and varied selection of restaurants and pubs. For entertainment such as cinemas, nightclubs and theatres you need to travel to the surrounding towns.
There are many golf courses surrounding the town along with tennis clubs, squash clubs and Harpenden Rugby Club.
A BUPA Hospital is situated in the town.
Harpenden is home to the world famous Rothamsted Experimental Station where agricultural research takes place. You can walk in the parkland around the Institute.