Trains to Watford
Lying close to the capital, Watford has long been a popular stop for travellers heading to London. Take a train to Watford and uncover a town that holds its own when it comes to attractions, shopping, and fun days out for the family.
Culture and heritage
Discover the town’s diverse heritage at Watford Museum. Found on High Street, the walls of this 18th century building house displays that chart Watford’s past right up to the present day; highlights include Watford at War, Print and Brewing, and Watford Football Club. The latter features Elton John memorabilia. The Rocket Man is a lifelong fan and former chairman of the club.
Watford boasts a range of attractions to tempt visitors to leafy Hertfordshire in the form of bars and clubs, museums, the Grade II-listed Watford Palace Theatre, and the Watford Colosseum. The latter has hosted some of the biggest music acts around including Oasis, One Direction, and Robbie Williams.
Magically appearing on the site of the old Leavesden aerodrome where Second World War fighter planes were produced for the Ministry of Defence, and later Roll-Royce manufactured aircraft engines, the spellbinding Warner Bros Studio Tour London is Watford’s must-see visitor attraction.
The Making Of Harry Potter experience brings to life the wizarding world of JK Rowling, with props, costumes and sets from the films. These include the Great Hall at Hogwarts, Gringotts Wizarding Bank, Diagon Alley and the Forbidden Forest. Tickets must be booked online in advance and can’t be purchased on the day in person. A handy shuttle bus leaves from outside Watford Junction station, so you won’t need to bring broomsticks or Floo Powder.
Food and drink
Nana’s, located on St Albans Road, is renowned for its friendly service and delicious Lebanese menu. The family-run restaurant will transport you from Watford to the heart of Beirut with its authentic cuisine and decor to match.
Head to Garnett Close for Flourish Craft Bakery’s irresistible cafe. The family-owned artisan bakery counts Michelin-starred restaurants and five-star hotels among its loyal customers, and it’s not hard to see why.
On High Street, Bill’s Restaurant and Bar serves contemporary European dishes that cater to all tastes, providing an ideal setting for family meals and romantic dates alike. This stretch is also home to L’artista, which has been a go-to for authentic Italian dishes for over 15 years.
Sports and outdoors
Sporting glory pulses through the veins of Watford. Sir Elton John is an honorary life president of Watford football club, having previously served as chairman. The east stand has been dedicated to him since 2014. Known affectionately as the Hornets, Watford play home matches at Vicarage Road stadium. The 20-minute walk to the ground from the train station takes fans through the town centre.
Music and nightlife
Among Watford’s premier music venues is The Horns. Found on Hempstead Road, this traditional pub doubles up as a popular spot to catch some of the hottest gigs in town, with its 250-capacity open bar and beer garden.
O’Neill’s is a mere stone’s throw from the train station and hosts live bands, DJs, and more throughout the week. Whether you love to lose yourself in the world of indie pop or some classic 80s cheese, their programme will have you covered.
Shoppers can get their fix of big brand retail therapy at Intu Watford. More than 100 popular stores across two levels lie a mere 15-minute walk from Watford Junction station. The centre further boasts a nine-screen Cineworld multiplex with an immersive giant IMAX screen.
Where do LNR trains to Watford arrive and depart?
LNR trains arrive and depart from two of Watford’s three train stations: Watford Junction, located centrally on Station Road; and Watford North, a single-track branch line that runs to Albans Abbey.
Which train services run direct to Watford?
From the north, we have direct services from Birmingham. We operate direct trains from Birmingham New Street station with popular calling points at Birmingham International, Coventry, Rugby, Northampton and Milton Keynes. Our fastest train takes 1 hour and 8 minutes, and the cheapest advance single ticket costs just £7.00.
From the south, we operate direct trains from London Euston with calling points at Wembley Central, Harrow & Wealdstone, and Bushey. Our fastest train takes just 15 minutes, and the cheapest ticket is £10.80 one-way.
When is the best time to travel to Watford by train?
It’s wonderfully cheap and easy to travel to Watford by train. By opting for off-peak times to travel, you’ll enjoy less-crowded trains and cheaper ticket prices too. If you know when you want to travel, be sure to book an advanced ticket to take advantage of our cheapest fares.