Local Information about Hitchin and surrounding towns
If you prefer the individuality and personal service of a smaller family run hotel, a warm welcome awaits you at the Firs Hotel in Hitchin, Hertfordshire.
- 27 comfortable bedrooms all with ensuites to meet your budget and requirements.
- Full English Breakfast is included in the bed and breakfast rate.
- Easy parking in our large free car park.
- Internet access with free wi-fi throughout the hotel.
- Friendly staff available to help you.
Hitchin town centre is 10 minutes walk from the Firs Hotel.
Hitchin is a popular market town of considerable charm and character. Rich in medieval and Georgian buildings its original street pattern still remains to this day containing buildings and pubs of historic interest and old world grace.
Hitchin has a vibrant social scene which accounts for the large numbers of pubs and extremely good restaurants.
The specialist’s shops, cafes and restaurants make Hitchin town a pleasure to visit offering something different to many other towns.
Hitchin Swimming pool has a public indoor and outdoor swimming pool, 5 minutes walk from the Firs Hotel providing a modern 25m x 17m deck level main pool and a warmer toddlers’ pool. A 50m heated outdoor pool with a learner pool and sun terrace is open from May to September.
The Hitchin Museum and the Hitchin British Schools are two interesting places to visit as well as many parks and gardens.
Hitchin market is open Tuesday, Friday and Saturday.
St Mary’s Church is a focal point of the Hitchin town, founded in 792 the tower dates from 1190.
Stevenage, Knebworth, Wymondley
Stevenage is only 5 miles from Hitchin and is a busy commercial town with a wide range of leisure activities. There is a multi-purpose arts and leisure centre, golf courses, swimming pool, ten pin bowling centre, 17 screen cinema.
Knebworth House is one of England’s most beloved stately homes, it is famous for it’s rock concerts and home to the Lytton family since 1490.
Luton is only 12 miles from Hitchin. London Luton Airport is a 15-minute drive from the hotel. Luton town has a Museum and art gallery, Stockwood Craft Museum and gardens and an indoor shopping centre.
The main village is Great Offley and the parish contains the nearby hamlet of Little Offley.
Letchworth Garden City, Baldock, Royston
Letchworth Garden City planned to combine the best of town and country living, Letchworth Garden City was founded in 1903 and was one of the first new towns and the worlds first Garden City. Letchworth has many historical buildings, shops, restaurants and a four screen independent cinema
Baldock is where the River Ivel rises. Many buildings in the town date from the sixteenth century.
Royston is situated where two Roman roads meet, the Icknield Way and Ermine Street. The town is named after the wayside cross of Lady Roysia. Royston is a small market town with light industry.
Henlow, Arlesey, Shefford, Stotfold
RAF Henlow is 4 miles from Hitchin and is easily accessible. The RAF Henlow has a good training base specialising in electronics. Henlow is also famous for its health farm.
Arlesey has the longest High Street in Britain and is famous for its white bricks. Stotfold is a small town in Bedfordshire. Famous residents include Victoria Pendleton, Olympic and World champion track cyclist.
Here are a number of links from the surrounding areas.