Garston is a suburban village area just inside the M25 on the northern outskirts of Watford. With a long market town history dating back to the 12th century, Watford today is a thriving and desirable town with a can-do spirit and lots going on. With several national and international company headquarters located in the town, a good local infrastructure and strong transport links, Watford is firmly established as a major regional centre for the northern home counties.
Garston enjoys good local amenities whilst serious shopping desires can be satisfied with just a short drive into central Watford. The intu Watford project has revolutionised the former Harlequin shopping centre with major draws including John Lewis, H&M, Zara and Marks and Spencer. The latest phase due to open in autumn 2018 will further transform the centre as a retail and leisure destination with 16 new major retailers, 10 restaurants and a nine-screen multiplex cinema.
You’ll be spoilt for choice if you’re looking for somewhere to eat out. There are a growing number of independent and branded restaurants, cafés and fast food outlets throughout the area offering a wide range of British and international cuisine. You’ll not have to travel far to satisfy your appetite or try something new
Many of Watford's parks and green spaces have been awarded Green Flag status, an award given to the best parks in the country. Garston Park, close to the M1 is a convenient local community park and only a short drive away lies the impressive Cassiobury Park; at 190 acres the oldest and principal park venue in Watford. Along with five football pitches, a cricket pitch, children's playground, paddling pool, miniature railway, tea pavilion, bandstand, tennis courts, and outdoor gym, the park regularly plays host to a number of sporting and entertainment events including an annual summer Jazz festival. Parts of the park are designated as a Local Nature Reserve.
Less than five miles from Garston is The Grove; a hotel and spa complex that’s also home to a championship level golf course. The hotel’s luxury Sequoia facility offers spa days with lunch, afternoon tea or supper in tranquil countryside surroundings.
Exploring the area on foot or by bike, the Ebury Way is a 3.5-mile former railway line ‘green trail’ leading to Rickmansworth. It crosses three rivers, the Colne, Chess and Gade as well as the Grand Union Canal, so there’ll be plenty of wildlife to see en route
There are numerous well regarded state, private and independent schools to choose from in Watford and the surrounding villages. The top three highest rated secondary schools being Merchant Taylor school (boys), Immanuel College (mixed) and Watford Grammar School (girls). The University of Hertfordshire in nearby Hatfield is the UK's leading business-facing university, an exemplar in the sector and Watford University Technical college (UTC) specialising in Computer Science, Travel, Tourism, Hospitality and Event Management is rated a ‘good provider’ by Ofsted.
Getting out and about from Garston is very straightforward. The M1 and M25 are on the doorstep for routes into the Capital and the strong local road and bus network ensures the neighbouring towns such as St Albans, Hemel Hempstead, Luton and Milton Keynes are all easily accessible. Garston station is on its own branch line and trains from Watford junction into London Euston can take as little as 15 minutes with a frequent service throughout the day
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