Nestled in the heart of Hertfordshire, Harpenden is a charming town that beckons those seeking a perfect blend of suburban tranquillity and urban connectivity. Named the ‘Britain’s most desirable place to live’ in a Telegraph study, Harpenden is a dream move for many young families. 

In this guide, we delve into the myriad benefits that make Harpenden an exceptional choice for individuals and families considering a move.


Harpenden’s geographical allure lies in its strategic placement within Hertfordshire. This town, with its picturesque landscapes, is not merely a haven for nature enthusiasts but also a commuter’s dream. 

Situated conveniently between the M1 and A1(M) to the north of St Albans, it offers residents easy access to major cities in the South and Midlands. It is the ideal town for those desiring a harmonious balance between rural beauty and urban amenities.

Read more: The Best Towns and Villages to Move to Around St Albans

Commute to London

For professionals drawn to London’s opportunities, Harpenden is the ideal town for a regular commute.

The town’s well-connected railway system ensures a direct link to Farringdon Station, which provides convenient connections to Paddington or Liverpool Street on the Elizabeth Line. It takes less than 40 minutes to travel to central London from Harpenden, with trains every 15 minutes. The time saved on travel can be a game-changer for those seeking a dynamic professional life while relishing the comforts of suburban living.

Driving into London can take a bit longer. This is due to the more rural location as there is no direct road to the M1 or A1(M) so commuters have to travel around 5 miles via several A-roads to connect to the motorway.

Family-Friendly Environment

Safety and community spirit are the cornerstones of Harpenden’s reputation. The town’s commitment to providing a secure environment for families is evident in its low crime rates (36% lower than the rest of Hertfordshire) and closely-knit neighbourhoods. Furthermore, Harpenden boasts an array of quality schools and educational facilities, making it an ideal setting for nurturing young minds.


Harpenden has an excellent choice of Ofsted Outstanding schools, including:

  • Nursery School:
    • The Grove Infant and Nursery School
    • Crabtree Infants School
  • Primary: 
    • Crabtree Junior School
    • High Beeches Primary School
    • St Dominic Catholic Primary School
    • Wood End School
  • Secondary:
    • Roundwood Park School
    • Sir John Lawes School
    • St George’s School

There are a number of other schools with Outstanding and Good Ofsted ratings in the area. Also, the University of Hertfordshire is located in the nearby town of Hatfield for higher education.

Play Areas

The town has several, well maintained, play areas for children to enjoy with their friends and families. 

Rothamsted Play Area is located in Rothamsted Park close to Harpenden Leisure Centre and opposite Harpenden Common. The perfect location for a relaxing walk with the family, a swim in the leisure centre swimming pool or play time on the equipment. Batford Spring Nature Reserve is a wonderful place for families to walk through nature as well. 

Other play areas include:

  • Roundwood Lane Playground
  • Oakley Road Playground
  • Parva Close Playground
  • Westfield Recreation Ground

Unique Features of Harpenden

Harpenden is a town brimming with character and charisma. Residents can indulge in local attractions, from quaint independent cafes to characterful pubs to sprawling parks, providing a delightful backdrop for leisurely strolls. Cultural events and community activities foster a sense of belonging, making Harpenden not just a place to live but a community to be a part of.

Moving to Harpenden

If you are considering the best place to live with close connections to London then Harpenden is an excellent choice. The town if perfect for family life or for those seeking a rural atmosphere with urban facilities. 

Alban Moves have over 50 years of experience helping people move in Hertfordshire, so if you are considering to move to Harpenden we can give you a seamless, stress free move. 

Contact our friendly team to discuss your move.