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  • 1. History of Hoddesdon

    In the Elizabethan era, the town was on a major road and became a centre for coaching inns. Some of these still stand today, including The Golden Lion, the White Swan and the Salisbury. The chapel of St. Katherine was at the heart of the town centre until it was damaged during the Civil War and then demolished in 1835. A clock tower was built in its place in 1835 and this is st...Read moreill the heart of the town today. Read less

  • 2. Now in Hoddesdon

    Hoddesdon is a small market town with many historic features and over 50 listed buildings, including half-timbered houses and Georgian mansions. The town centre is in a conservation area. The town is very closely linked with Broxbourne to the south. Hoddesdon expanded so much in the 19th and 20th centuries that the two places now join together.

  • 3. Events in Hoddesdon

    Regular matches take place at the Hoddesdon Cricket Club, based in Park View, Hoddesdon. The Hoddesdon Town Football Club meets at the Stewart Edwards Stadium, Park View, and also has regular fixtures during the season. Rye House Speedway is a motorbike racing track in Hoddesdon. Many racing events take place at the track, which has two teams - the Rockets and the Cobras. A Vin...Read moretage and Classical Vehicle Display takes place every July and The Hoddesdon Town Show takes place in September. Christmas shopping is given a boost with the annual Broxbourne and Hoddesdon Carnival of Light in December. Read less

  • 4. Attractions in Hoddesdon

    Lowewood Museum, in High Street, Hoddesdon, is a listed Georgian building containing a collection of photographs and memorabilia depicting town life in the 19th century. All the items were contributed by members of the local community. The museum also provides a free identification service, to inform residents about any unusual item they might own. Paradise Wildlife Park, Broxb...Read moreourne, has a wide selection of animals including big cats, penguins, pandas and more. Other attractions the park include adventure golf, an adventure playground and rides and slides. The Rye Meads Nature Reserve, in Rye Road, is an RSPB site containing a visitor centre, 10 hides, wheelchair friendly trails and more. Read less

  • 5. Things To Do in Hoddesdon

    Visitors to Lee Valley Regional Park can take part in a wide variety of activities including horseriding, ice-skating, golf, athletics, white water rafting, fishing, cycling, camping and much more. Hoddesdon Kart Club is one of the country's oldest go-kart clubs, with races usually taking place on the 1st Sunday of the month throughout the year at Rye House Kart Raceway, Rye Ro...Read moread. John Warner Sports Centre, in Stanstead Road, has a soft play area for children, a gym, a swimming pool and a café. Read less

  • 6. Business in Hoddesdon

    Hoddesdon town centre has a good mix of shops to cater for all tastes. There are independent boutique style shops as well as high street stores, and plenty of restaurants and cafes to choose from. An outdoor market takes place in the town on Wednesdays and Fridays.

  • 7. Transport in Hoddesdon

    Hoddesdon is about 20 miles north of London. By car, the town can be accessed by the A10, and is close to junction 25 of the M25, the M1 and the M11. The train stations serving Hoddesdon are Broxbourne Train Station and Rye Park Train Station. Broxbourne Station is two miles to the south of Hoddesdon town centre and has good links to London, Stansted Airport, Cambridge and Harl...Read moreow. Rye Park station is two miles to the north east of the town. Stansted Airport is about a 30-minute drive from the town and Luton Airport takes about 45 minutes to reach by car. Read less

  • 8. Entertainment in Hoddesdon

    Broxbourne Civic Hall has a packed and varied programme of live events including theatre shows, comedy, bands, cinema, line dancing, tea dances and special events. The White Swan, in Hoddesdon High Street, is a pub that also hosts live music performances by many local bands.

  • 9. Famous Landmarks in Hoddesdon

    The clock tower, in the town centre, was built in 1835 and is a significant historic structure. Hoddesdon Parish Church, also known as St Catherine's and St Paul's Church, was built in 1732, although extensions were added in Victorian times. Rye House Gatehouse, in Rye Road, Hoddesdon, sits within the Lee Valley Park and was one of the first brick buildings in the country.

  • 10. Interesting Facts about Hoddesdon

    Rye House Plot, the unsuccessful attempt to assassinate King Charles II, was hatched at the Rye House estate in Hoddesdon in 1683.

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