Facts & Figures
- Hitchin Festival runs throughout the month of July with over 100 different events celebrating the artistic, cultural and community life of the town
- Hitchin is host to the annual Rhythms of the World festival. The event, which promotes new acts and music from all over the world, attracts 20,000 visitors to the town over a weekend.
- St Mary’s is the largest parish church in Hertfordshire and was formerly a Minster.
- Hitchin is home to the unique British Schools Museum – the only surviving example of a Lancasterian schoolroom in the country.
- Hitchin Lavender is a popular tourist attraction at Cadwell Farm, where the reintroduction of this crop creates stunning summer displays.
- Hitchin has two theatres, The Queen Mother Theatre and the Market Theatre which both present a range of productions and shows.
- Hitchin is renowned for a vibrant music scene in pubs and concert halls – from world class classical concerts at Benslow Music Trust to the very best of folk music at the long standing and award winning, Hitchin Folk Club at the Sun Hotel.
- Hitchin is a town for foodies with virtually every cuisine represented. It is certainly the culinary capital.
- Shopping in Hitchin is a delight, with a wealth of independent shops, cafes and market stalls to browse.
- Hitchin is ideally situated for transport being just two miles from the A1(M) and only 10 miles from the M1.
- The excellent road network means that London is just a 30 mile drive away.
- Hitchin is within easy reach of the capital by rail with Kings Cross station a mere 30 minutes away. There is good access to the main rail routes north to York and Scotland.
- Hitchin has good links to major airports – Luton just 8 miles away and Stansted 35 and just an hour away from Heathrow.
- Hitchin was recently voted in the ‘Top 10 Best Places to Live in the UK’ in The Times.
- Hitchin has a population of circa 33,500.