“…It is deeply to be deplored that the people should continue to stream into the already over-crowded cities, and should thus further deplete the country districts…” Ebenezer Howard, ‘Garden Cities of Tomorrow’, 1902


Guided Walks

Join Letchworth’s Town Historian on a stroll through some of the highlights of the first Garden City’s history. Our walking route will be gentle, and punctuated with stops where we can dig deeper into the history of certain buildings.

Starting at the Tourist Information Centre, on Station Road, these tours will finish at The International Garden Cities Exhibition, where you can enjoy free Fair Trade Tea & Coffee and discover more about the history of Letchworth, Ebenezer Howard, and the Garden City Movement – and its legacy across the world.

The walking tours should take approximately 2.5 hours.

Spaces are limited, and must be booked, here:

21 January

18 February

18 March

15 April

20 May

Additional Walk for MOVE Week: 31 May 1pm

17 June

15 July

16 Sept

21 Oct

18 Nov

16 Dec
Illustrated Talks
Our special programme of illustrated talks explore the world of Garden Cities and issues around urbanism & town planning.
The talks are held in the Drawing Office at the Garden Cities Exhibition, which opens at 7pm for a prompt 7.30pm.
The £3 admission fee includes a free glass of wine.

21 June – The Dulwich Estate
Talk by John Major, CEO of the Dulwich Estate, about its history and its ‘Section 19’ Scheme of Management, similar to Letchworth’s. 

12 July – Garden Cities in South America
Dr Susan Parham, of the University of Hertfordshire, Academic Director of The International Garden Cities Institute, explores the legacy of the Garden City Movement in Brazil, Argentina, Chile and more.

9 August – Garden Cities in France
Hear our Curator, Josh Tidy, delve into the story of ‘cite-jardins’ across the channel in France.

13 September – Milton Keynes at 50
By Dr Noel James, Director of Milton Keynes City Discovery Centre

12 October – Talk + Book Launch: Arts & Crafts in Letchworth Garden City
Our Curator, Josh Tidy, and Collections Officer Aimee Flack from the Garden City Collection explore the influence of the Arts & Crafts movement in Letchworth, to mark the publication of a new book on the subject. Exclusive first-available signed copies available to buy on the night.

15 November – Barry Parker at 150 – Letchworth’s Arts & Crafts Master Planner
Exploring the life and work of Barry Parker, in the building which were once his drawing offices, to celebrate the 150th anniversary of his birth, and looking ahead to a major exhibition at Broadway Gallery in 2018.

12 December – A History of Christmas Customs
NB different venue: Screen 4, Broadway
Dr Maureen James, of Telling History, joins us for a festive night exploring the history of the varied customs connected to the festive season. Commencing with Advent Calendars and concluding with Plough Monday, and covering many aspects including Christmas food, decorations, carol singing and Father Christmas.