About Stevenage

A vibrant location, good travel and transport links are just some of the elements that make Stevenage a great place to live.

Stevenage was designed with leisure in mind with many excellent facilities for local people to enjoy including:

  • open green spaces
  • 45 miles of cycle paths
  • water sports
  • three golf courses
  • theatre
  • leisure park with cinema, bowling and places to eat
  • fitness centres

Shopping opportunities are many and varied too with a pedestrianised town centre, small individual shops in the Old Town and large retail parks on the outskirts.

A distinctive feature of Stevenage is its urban landscape. It has many roundabouts, few traffic lights and a network of completely segregated cycle tracks.

Transport Links

Stevenage has excellent transport links to London and the rest of the country as it sits at the heart of the Nation’s Motorway network and on the main East Coast London to Edinburgh railway line.

The M25 London Orbital is only 20 minutes away by car via the A1M to the south and this provides easy access to the north too. A trip to London via train takes 25 minutes into Kings Cross Station.

The nearest airports for Stevenage are Luton about 20 minutes away and Stansted slightly further at around 40 minutes away. Both Heathrow and Gatwick Airports are easily accessed via the A1M and M25 network.

Frequent bus services operate from the town centre bus station to all areas of the town and between residential and employment areas. Regular services also run to surrounding towns and villages as well as to London and national destinations including Heathrow, Gatwick and Luton Airports.

Stevenage Town Centre

Stevenage was Britain’s first new town and built to an inspirational and robust design, including the first pedestrianised shopping centre in Britain.

In recent years it has attracted quality new investment in retail and leisure such as the West Gate Centre, the Forum and the Plaza as well as out of town retail centres, such as the Roaring Meg.

Stevenage Old Town

Stevenage Old Town was the original Stevenage. As the new town developed after World War II, the original village of Stevenage got consumed within the expansion.

The Old Town still has a village feel with historic buildings, coaching inns and pubs. The area becomes lively in the evenings and weekends and as well as pubs there is also a selection of restaurants.