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The Best 5 Things to do in Watford

A bustling town northwest of London, Watford is bursting with things to see and do. Whether you’re visiting with friends, family, or by yourself, you’re sure to discover exciting ways to spend your time away.

Looking for the best things to do in Watford? Read on for our favourite experiences, entertainment, and eateries, and get ready to enjoy your trip from start to finish.

Getting to Watford

Well connected by Watford Junction train station, the town is super-easy to access no matter where you’re travelling from. To make your weekend away even easier, check into one of our hotels near Watford Junction and start your trip sooner without the need to travel far to your accommodation.
Central Watford is home to many restaurants & shops.
Central Watford is home to many restaurants & shops.

1. Visit the Warner Bros. Studio Tour

Step into the magical world of Harry Potter, at the immersive Warner Bros. Studio Tour in Watford. Explore breathtaking sets including Diagon Alley, the Great Hall, and the Forbidden Forest, and check out authentic props from the film franchise along the way!
The Warner Bros. Making of Harry Potter tour often features exciting temporary exhibits, so check out what’s on during your visit on their website.

2. Catch a show at the theatre

If all that movie-making drama has got you in the mood for some great entertainment, you’re in luck! Watford is home to two fantastic theatres; Watford Palace Theatre and Watford Colosseum
Both beautiful and architecturally impressive venues, Watford’s theatres boast an ever-changing programme of shows. From drama to comedy or live musical performances, look at what’s on while you’re in town and elevate your trip with tickets to a show.
The River Colne winding through one of Watford's many parks
The River Colne winding through one of Watford's many parks

3. Dine and drink

Round off your day with a delicious dinner and drinks in one of Watford’s great evening spots. Not sure where to start? Here are a few of our favourites:

The best restaurants in Watford

· The Prince George

· Middleton’s Steakhouse & Grill

· Zizzi

· ASK Italian

· Giraffe

The best bars in Watford

Being an English town, most of the best spots for drinks after dinner (or throughout the day if you fancy) are traditional pubs. Here are some of our favourites:

· The Prince George

· The Southern Cross

· The Railway Arms

· Golden Lion

· The One Crown

Settle into any of these cosy drinking houses and enjoy a pint of traditional ale, wine, or spirits to round off your trip nicely.

When you book your stay with Accor, you can be sure your hotel will be clean, comfortable, and considerate, so there’s one less thing to worry about. Whether you’re travelling with family or friends, we’re ready and waiting to welcome you to Watford.

4. Shop at the intu Watford

In the mood for a little retail therapy? Head to the intu shopping centre in Watford for lots of favourite stores and spots to eat and drink. Visit Next, Debenhams, Primark, John Lewis, and many more shops while you’re there. Whether you’re shopping for yourself or looking to treat somebody special, there’s something for everyone here. 

5. Explore Cassiobury Park

If you’d like some fresh air while you’re in Watford, look no further than Cassiobury Park. A beautiful green space since 1909, Cassiobury is home to over 190 acres of parkland and forest. There’s also a canal and some colourful children’s play areas to enjoy. 
When you book your stay with Accor, you can be sure your hotel will be clean, comfortable, and considerate, so there’s one less thing to worry about. Whether you’re travelling with family or friends, we’re ready and waiting to welcome you to Watford. 

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