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The best places to live in Hertfordshire

Hertfordshire isn’t just a characterless commuter belt. Charming villages, rolling fields and towns packed with cool restaurants and independents are very much the order of the day here. From the lively vibes of historical St Albans and happening Hitchin to properly rural village life, there’s something for every savvy commuter in this county.


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Close to buzzing Tring, but surrounded by the glorious Chiltern hills, Aldbury is the perfect choice for outdoorsy types who want great independents, cafes and restaurants close by.


This pretty riverside town has oodles of character, and great independents.

Much Hadham

If it's a traditional village vibe you're after - look no further than stupidly picturesque Much Hadham, one of Hertfordshire's real beauties.


This lovely town is built for those who enjoy the finer things in life.


Wonderful Wheathampstead.


I'm just going to come out and and say it - I am in love, with Hitchin.


Three great pubs, an award winning butcher and an easy commute - sounds good to us.

St Albans

Not only is St Albans one of the country's most beautiful small cities, it's also bursting with great pubs, restaurants, independent shops, and a good dose of community spirit.

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  • - The prize draw closes on 09/02/21

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