Stevenage lies just east of the A1(M) motorway with nearby towns including Letchworth (5 miles north), Hitchin (5 miles north west), Welwyn Garden City (7 miles south) and Hertford (9 miles south east).
The town was developed after World War II around the original Stevenage, now called Stevenage Old Town. The Old Town still has a village feel with historic buildings, coaching inns and pubs. You can learn more about the history of Stevenage by visiting Stevenage Museum which is situated near the centre of the new town.
Stevenage has good leisure and entertainment facilities. Stevenage Leisure Park, situated near to the train station, includes a cinema, ten-pin bowling alley, restaurants and pubs. The Gordon Craig Theatre puts on a variety of live shows and entertainment and is situated in Stevenage Arts & Leisure Centre, also near to the train station. At the entrance to the theatre is the Boxfield Art Gallery. Both the town centre and Stevenage Old Town have many pubs and restaurants and are lively at weekends. There are a number of nightclubs in Stevenage.
For sports, Stevenage Arts & Leisure Centre has a multi-purpose sports hall, squash courts and a gym. There is a David Lloyd Leisure Club in Stevenage Leisure Park along with other sports centres in or near to the town. Golf courses can be found in the surrounding countryside, including Stevenage Golf Centre on the outskirts of the town, near Aston. The local football club, Stevenage Boro FC is very well supported and has its stadium on the southern side of the town. For walks, games and picnics you can enjoy the extensive Fairlands Valley Park which runs through the centre of the town.
As well as Stevenage Museum, another popular tourist attraction is Knebworth House and Gardens which are accessed from the A1(M) junction on the edge of Stevenage. The house and gardens are open to the public.
Stevenage has a large industrial area and a number of business parks. It is on Gunnels Way, running parallel to the A1(M) motorway, where you will find the largest industrial parks. This area contains companies such as ICL, Du Pont and IBM. GlaxoSmithKline has a very large research centre, opened in the mid 1990s, at the end of Gunnels Way.