Hitchin is a charming medieval market town with a population of about 30,000. Nearby towns include Letchworth (4 miles north east), Stevenage (5 miles south east) and Luton (7 miles south west).|
The town has retained its market town feel and has many fine Tudor and Georgian buildings, particularly around the market square. In the centre of the market square is a clock made by Gatwards, the jewellers, who have had a shop in Hitchin since 1760. Near to the market square stands the large medieval parish church of St Mary and the late 18th century Adam-designed priory.
The town provides good shopping for residents while a street market is situated near the church on a Saturday.
Hitchin has good nightlife with a wide variety of restaurants and pubs along with nightclubs. Hitchin has two theatres - The Queen Mother Theatre and The Market Theatre while cinemas and other attractions can be found in nearby towns.
Tourist attractions include Hitchin Museum and also Hitchin British Schools Museum.
The River Oughton and River Purwell run north through the town and join to form the River Hiz that runs North, eventually joining the River Ouse and flowing into the sea at The Wash near King's Lynn.