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Whether it’s forest walks, farmers’ markets or following in the footsteps of George Bernard Shaw, you’ll find lots to do in and around Harpenden.

A short train ride from central London, Harpenden is one of the major commuter hubs feeding the capital, but this picturesque town represents so much more than that. Chosen as a site for many evacuated children during World War Two, its place in the country’s history is firmly cemented and, due to its convenient location, getting to Harpenden is perfectly straightforward – especially when you travel with us.

Although relatively small in size, there are plenty of things to do in Harpenden that will excite, entertain and educate. For example, the Farmers’ Market occurs on the fourth Sunday of every month and offers a large range of produce from meats and fish to breads, cheeses, beers and wines. The surrounding Heartwood Forest provides a chance to take in some fresh countryside air, while the primary residence of legendary playwright George Bernard Shaw is a short jaunt away in the neighbouring village of Ayot St Lawrence.

There’s no denying that Harpenden days out can be full of fun, history and culture and we’re here to provide further guidance on all the town’s sights and must-see attractions. Not only that, we like to deliver a comprehensive service, which is why we’ll not only get you there with the minimum of fuss but we’ll also give you some handy tips on how to make some significant savings on your fares, leaving you with more to spend once you’re there!

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Getting to Harpenden

Harpenden days out should be all about excitement and enjoyment – you shouldn’t be wasting time and energy worrying about how to get there. That’s why we’re here to offer you a hassle-free experience at an affordable price, when you take Thameslink.

Getting to Harpenden doesn’t have to cost a fortune – and our range of discount options mean you can arrive having made a great saving. Taking the little ones for a fun day out? Up to four children aged 5-15 can travel Off-Peak with us for next to nothing on our kids for £2 tickets. Or maybe you and some friends are planning a trip to see the sights? Our GroupSave benefits parties of 3-9 adults travelling outside of the usual busy periods. And that’s not all. We have a selection of Railcards – including 16-25, 26-30, Two Together and Family & Friends – to help you keep the costs down.

Things to do in Harpenden

For those looking to experience a slice of the great outdoors, Heartwood Forest should be right at the top of your list of things to do in Harpenden. With more than half a million trees and some beautiful wildflower meadows, it’s the perfect place to enjoy a gentle stroll as well as spotting some spectacular wildlife. The Nickey Line is also a popular choice for walkers – seven miles of footpath and cycle way that links Harpenden to Hemel Hempstead along an old rail route.

Of course, if walking through the woods is not necessarily your thing, the Harpenden Farmers’ Market is perfect for all the foodies out there, with around 70 stalls packed with fresh, natural produce to make your mouth water. And, for the history buffs, Shaw’s Corner – the country home of the famous playwright – is a National Trust site where you can experience guided tours and follow in his footsteps.

Harpenden days out offer a huge variety of activities, so what are you waiting for? Secure your tickets directly through our website – meaning you’ll save on those pesky booking fees – and start planning your trip today!

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