town in Hertfordshire, England

Watford (pronounced wot-fud) is a large town and borough in Hertfordshire in the East of England.


Watford town centre

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Map of Hertfordshire, with a red dot showing the position of Watford
Map of Hertfordshire, with a red dot showing the position of Watford
Location within Hertfordshire
Population131,982 (2011)
• London3 miles from the London boundary and 15 miles from Central London
Unitary authority
  • Borough of Watford
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townWATFORD
Postcode districtWD
Dialling code01923 & 020
AmbulanceEast of England
UK Parliament
List of places
51°39′23″N 0°23′25″W / 51.6565°N 0.3903°W / 51.6565; -0.3903

In 2011, it had a population of 131,928 people, making it Hertfordshire's largest settlement. Despite being Hertfordshire's largest town, the county town is Hertford.

Watford is located 15 miles north west of Central London and 16.7 miles (27.02 km) south west of Hertford and is on the banks of the River Colne.

Transport change

Watford is one of the few places that are not in London to have a London Underground station and to be on the Tube Map. Watford has four mainline train stations, Watford Junction, Watford High Street, Watford North and Garston, as well as the tube station.

Watford Junction is on the West Coast Main Line between London Euston and Glasgow Central and is also on the London Overground Watford DC line to London Euston. Watford High Street is also on this line. Watford North and Garston are on the Abbey Line to St Albans Abbey. Watford tube station is on the Metropolitan line.

Sports change

Watford has a professional football club, Watford FC, who have played in the Premier League. They play their home matches at Vicarage Road Stadium.

Twin towns change

Watford is twinned with:

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