Trains to Stevenage
Situated around 30 miles north of London, Stevenage was once little more than a rest point for stagecoaches making their way to the capital. Today, it’s still popular with modern commuters who want to be handy for the big smoke, but there’s now plenty more to keep visitors entertained… With wonderful family attractions like Fairlands Valley Park and the nearby Knebworth House to explore, you’ll never be short of things to do if you take a train to Stevenage. The pedestrianised centre – the first of its kind in Britain – means the town’s a great place to enjoy a stroll, and there’s a huge selection of shops to browse and restaurants and cafes for you to try on your travels.
First Hull Trains offer a Sunday service from London Kings Cross to Stevenage. The journey takes just 45 minutes – find further details on the Travel Information page. Remember that you can save up to 60% and collect Nectar points by purchasing your train ticket to Stevenage online with us.
Stevenage Station information
Your train to Stevenage will deliver you directly to the heart of the town thanks to the centrally-located railway station.
It would have been a very different story if you’d travelled to Stevenage in the past, though… The original station, built in 1850, was actually located a mile further north – thankfully, it was eventually relocated in 1973 to account for the fact that the town centre had shifted.
Fully equipped with everything you could need, you’ll find that Stevenage Station offers plenty of places to pick up a snack or drink before you board your train home.
The ticket office is open from 06.15 to 20.30, Monday to Thursday, 06.15 to 21.45 on Friday, 06.30 to 21.30 on Saturday and 08.00 to 20.15 on Sunday. Ticket machines are available.
The main Railway North car park offers 300 spaces and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Off peak rates apply on weekends.
Additional parking space is also available in the Railway South car park.
Taxis are available from the designated taxi rank just outside the station.
Bus stops are located on the town centre side of the station. Visit the South East Traveline website to plan your onward journey.
See & do
Benington Lordship Gardens
Walkern Road, Benington, SG2 7BS. Tel: 01438 869 668
Situated a few miles outside of Stevenage, the picturesque Benington Lordship Gardens surround a stunning Georgian manor house. This attraction is only open to the public on selected days throughout the year, so be sure to double check the opening times before you set out to avoid disappointment.
Ardeley, SG2 7AH. Tel: 01438 861 447
Why not take a trip out of the town centre to visit this working ecological farm? The kids will love meeting and feeding the animals and exploring the woodland play area, plus you can also stock up on plenty of tasty produce at the Farm store. Entry is free.
Gordon Craig Theatre
Stevenage Arts & Leisure Centre, Lytton Way, SG1 1LZ. Tel: 01438 242 630
The 501-seat theatre and 1,200-seat Main Hall auditorium at the Gordon Craig Theatre offer a varied programme of live entertainment from one-night variety-music shows to visiting drama productions, stand-up tours and concerts. Best of all, it’s located just across the road from the station, so you can hop straight from your train to Stevenage to the show!
Fairlands Valley Park
Six Hills Way, SG2 0BL. Tel: 01438 353 241
Whether you’re up for trying a spot of kayaking, windsurfing or angling on the large sailing lake, planning on taking the kids along to the Aqua Playground or simply want to wander the 120 acres of parkland, Fairlands Valley Park is a great place to while away a sunny day.
Knebworth, SG3 6PY. Tel: 01438 812 661
Just a short drive outside Stevenage is Knebworth House, an incredible gothic mansion built in 1490. Once the private home of Victorian novelist Edward Bulwer Lytton, the house and gardens are now open to the public on weekends and school holidays throughout the spring and summer, and large-scale concerts are also regularly held in the grounds.
Rooks Nest House
Weston Road, SG1 3RP
Literary fans won’t want to miss out on Rooks Nest House, the childhood home of EM Forster and the inspiration behind the setting for his novel Howard’s End. Please note that this is a private residence that isn’t open to the public, but you can catch a glimpse of the exterior from the quiet country lane that the farmhouse stands on.
St Nicholas Church
Rectory Lane, SG1 4DA. Tel: 01438 213587
Located north of the main town centre (and not far from Rooks Nest House – see above), St Nicholas is the ancient parish church of Stevenage. Built in 1100AD from flint, this elegant Norman Church is simply stunning.
St George’s Way, SG1 1XX. Tel: 01438 218 881
Discover the intriguing history of Stevenage from the Stone Age right up to the present day – including its important role as the first ‘New Town’ – at this dedicated museum, which is based in the crypt of the St Andrew & St George church. Admission is generally free, although some exhibitions and events do carry a small charge.
The Sunflower House
6 Norton Green Cottages, Norton Green, SG1 2DS. Tel: 01438 350 627
Artist Gordana Bjelic-Rados painted one of the exterior walls and roof of her home with a brightly coloured sunflower mural back in 1997, and it’s still one of Stevenage’s most famous landmarks today. Guaranteed to raise a smile, you can enjoy this decorative display all year round.
Westgate Shopping Centre
Splash some cash at the Westgate Shopping Centre, where there’s a huge selection of great high street shops, cafes and restaurants for you to explore. From the latest fashion to homewares and gifts, it’s all right here, seven days a week.
Contact the Stevenage Tourist Information Centre for more details on tourist attractions in Stevenage.
Stevenage Tourist Information Centre
Tel: 0300 123 4049
Food & Drink
56-58 High Street, SG1 3EF. Tel: 01438 340 202
During the day, Cinnabar Café’s a great place to enjoy a leisurely breakfast, lunch, dinner or even just a cup of coffee; in the evening, it transforms into a lively cocktail bar. The club nights held on Friday and Saturday nights are especially popular.
Coast To Coast
Six Hills Way, SG1 2UA. Tel: 01438 318 137
This USA-themed eatery’s a fun-filled place that the whole family will love. Whether you plump for an all-American burger or one of the many seafood dishes for your main, you’ll be more than satisfied by the large portions – but you’ll probably still find it hard to resist the indulgent desserts!
Fisher’s Green, SG1 2JA. Tel: 01438 725 778
It’s well worth taking the short trip out of the town centre to enjoy a hearty meal or a drink or two at this cosy pub. Why not grab a spot by one of the open log fires and soak up the homely atmosphere, then head out for an afternoon stroll around the conservation area that’s just next door?
Gladleys Deli Café
5a Middle Row, SG1 3AN. Tel: 01438 217 729
Full to bursting with continental cheeses and cold meats, delicious locally-sourced produce and a huge selection of homemade cakes, this deli café’s a great place to stop off for lunch. Be sure to keep an eye out for the occasional French Bistro Nights hosted here, too.
Medusa The Steakhouse
1 Queensway, SG1 1DA. Tel: 01438 360 500
Visit this modern, independently owned restaurant & bar and you’ll discover an impressive menu that offers juicy burgers, combo platters and Mediterranean dishes, as well as the house speciality – the tastiest steaks in Stevenage.
116 High Street, SG1 3DW. Tel: 01438 726 419
Add a little spice to your life at this recently refurbished tandoori restaurant… All of the dishes are traditionally prepared using fresh ingredients, and you can enjoy an Indian feast for just £10.50 at the ‘Special Curry Night’ on Tuesdays.
Unit 6, Stevenage Leisure Park, Kingsway, SG1 2UA. Tel: 01438 355 591
The finest pizza and pasta’s the order of the day over at Prezzo. In the summer, you can enjoy al fresco dining in the outdoor garden here, and then make a night of it be heading to the nearby cinema or bowling complex afterwards.
The Roaring Meg
Roaring Meg Retail Park, London Road, SG1 1XN. Tel: 01438 743 391
This family-friendly pub belongs to the much-loved Harvester chain. Order from the extensive menu of grills and sharing platters then stock up on as much salad as you’d like from the unlimited bar. There’s also a brilliant selection of brunch dishes available.
70 High Street, SG1 3EA. Tel: 01438 313 290
As one of the longest established Indian restaurants in Hertfordshire, the Taj Mahal has been serving up the tempting cuisine since 1964. A real favourite with locals, you’re sure to receive a warm welcome from the friendly team whether you choose to eat in or take away.
122 High Street, SG1 3DW. Tel: 01438 722 842
Those with a taste for Chinese will love The Waterfall, which prides itself on offering first-class service as well as wonderful food. If you’re struggling to narrow down the huge choice of authentic dishes for yourself, the set menu comes highly recommended.
If you’re planning to stay overnight in Stevenage, you’ll find there’s plenty of fantastic guest house, B&Bs and hotels to choose from.
Here’s just a selection of some of our favourite hotels in Stevenage. To find out more or to book your room, visit the Hull Trains Superbreaks website.
Archways Lodge Hotel
11 Hitchin Road, SG1 3BJ. Tel: 01438 740 389
You’re guaranteed a warm, friendly welcome at the Archways Lodge Hotel. The en-suite rooms are well presented, clean and comfortable, and you’re only short walk away from the Old Town area of Stevenage. A great place to stay whether the purpose of your trip is business or pleasure.
Clarion Collection Cromwell Hotel Stevenage
High Street, Old Town, SG1 3AZ. Tel: 01438 742 169
Formerly known as Ramada Cromwell Stevenage, this charming hotel is set in a period property that once belonged to John Thurloe, secretary to Oliver Cromwell. Full of historic character, each of the 76 guest rooms also offer all of the modern comforts you’d expect, including WiFi access, plus the fantastic Olivers’ Restaurant serves up a tempting menu of tasty dishes.
The Gate Hotel
1 Gates Way, 1 Ditchmore Lane, SG1 3LJ. Tel: 01438 314 126
The Gate Hotel, just 10 minutes’ walk from the station, boasts 40 recently refurbished and spacious bedrooms. As it’s close to all of the city’s amenities but also located in a quiet area, it’s especially ideal for business travellers who want to relax at the end of a hard day; large family rooms are available is you’re planning a weekend away, too.
Holiday Inn Express Stevenage
Danestrete, SG1 1XB. Tel: 01438 344 300
Just a stone’s throw away from the station, there’s no more convenient place to stay than the Holiday Inn Express when you take a train to Stevenage. The spacious, modern rooms offer everything you need to enjoy a comfortable stay, including air-conditioning, WiFi access, tea & coffee making facilities and satellite TV.
Hotel Ibis Stevenage Centre
Danestrete, SG1 1EJ. Tel: 01438 779955
Equipped with 98 rooms – each offering kingsize beds, luxury shower rooms, free WiFi and air-conditioning – the Hotel Ibis Stevenage Centre is a thoroughly modern hotel. The sleek bar/restaurant Café Green offers lunch, dinner and snacks, plus the hotel’s only three minutes’ walk away from Stevenage Station.
Hotel Novotel Stevenage
Knebworth Park, SG1 2AX. Tel: 0207 660 0687
This three-star hotel is situated just a five minute drive from the centre of Stevenage, and is a great base from which to explore the nearby Knebworth Park. With 101 contemporary style rooms on offer, guests can take their pick from a wide range of international dishes at the on-site Elements restaurant.
Premier Inn Stevenage Central
Six Hills Way, Horizon Technology Park, SG1 2DD. Tel: 0871 527 9034
This basic but cheerful hotel, part of the affordable Premier Inn chain, is a popular choice. Just a short walk from the station, you’ll find it’s a handy place to stay if you want to explore Knebworth House, and the comfortable beds are a real treat after a long day’s sightseeing.