Some have said that Harpenden “has a split personality. It’s a vibrant town with a population of 30,000 but the tree lined high street with grass verges, varied roof lines and period cottages slotted between shops, restaurants and inns gives it the character of a village.” For many who live here this is exactly why they moved to Harpenden, alongside the fact that it is also less than half an hour by train from London.
Harpenden has so much going for it, from a wealth of shops and activities to the beautiful Hertfordshire countryside. But key to family life in Harpenden is the standard of education from Sir John Lawes, one of the leading secondary schools in the area and a specialist centre for media and communication studies, it is also classed as a training school for teachers, with specialist science status and designated as an international school. Then there is St Georges School, originally private but now voluntary aided it takes day pupils and boarders. Roundwood Park also gets good results. It has specialist status for languages, maths and computing. Aldwickbury School is a well-known boys prep-school.
Pretty much every sport and hobby is also catered for in Harpenden. The 238-acre Harpenden Common has been home to a golf club since 1894 but this beautiful spot is just one of many public open spaces in the town. On the common there are also two cricket clubs, a football club, a bridle way and a network of paths for ramblers so you are never short of outdoor space to enjoy. No wonder it has been cited as one of Hertfordshire’s most popular commuter havens. If you are thinking of leaving London, Harpenden is definitely a location to explore.