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  • 1. History of Royston

    Royston is a market town built on the intersection of two important Roman roads - the London to York Ermine Street and the Salisbury to East Anglia Icknield Way. An ancient stone at the northern end of the High Street marks this crossroads. In the 17th century King James I had a hunting lodge in the town and many buildings in the town were the homes of nobles at the king's cour...Read moret. Read less

  • 2. Now in Royston

    In recent years the town has expanded significantly due to new industry, and the population has grown from 6,000 in 1960 to over 17,000 today. Royston has a thriving town centre with plenty of shops and a marketplace. It is a town surrounded by the Hertfordshire countryside.

  • 3. Events in Royston

    The Royston Arts Festival is an annual event in the town and takes place over four days at the end of September and beginning of October. A variety of seasonal events are held every year at the Shepreth Wildlife Park, including a Halloween Weekend. Royston Kite Festival is held every August in Therfield Heath and includes a range of entertainment.

  • 4. Attractions in Royston

    National Trust property Wimpole was first built in 1643 but has experienced alterations over the years. The large country house includes an art gallery and gardens as well as Wimpole Home Farm, which was built over 200 years ago. Royston Cave is a man-made cave that was discovered by accident beneath Melbourn Street in 1742. There are medieval carvings on the walls of the cave,...Read more which attracts visitors from around the world. Royston and District Museum and Art Gallery has many collections including archaeological finds dating from the Ice Age through to the Romans and the Anglo-Saxons. Temporary exhibitions at the museum change about every six weeks. Read less

  • 5. Things To Do in Royston

    The Bassingbourn Snowsports Centre, at the Bassingbourn Barracks, offers a chance to ski on a dry slope. It caters for all abilities and includes facilities for snowboarding and doughnutting. Roisia's Path is a cycle route that starts in the village of Therfield and leads to Royston. This journey passes through beautiful countryside, timber-framed villages and historic mileston...Read morees. Read less

  • 6. Business in Royston

    Royston Town Market takes place every Wednesday and Saturday and sells, food, jewellery, household items, clothes and much more. There are many shops, cafes, restaurants and bars to choose from in the town centre.

  • 7. Transport in Royston

    By car, the main A-roads in and out of Royston are the A10 and the A505. The A505 links to both the M11 and the M1 and the A10 links to the M11 and the M25. Royston train station is in Kneesworth Street in the town centre and links are good to the rest of the region.

  • 8. Entertainment in Royston

    The Green Man, in Royston, is a pub offering live music from local bands. The Royston Arts Society meets at the Town Hall on the last Friday of every month, when artists give demonstrations.

  • 9. Famous Landmarks in Royston

    Many historians have visited Royston Cave, but its origins are not entirely certain. Theories include a Roman Sepulchre, a hermitage and a secret temple used by the Knights Templar during their regular visits to the town. The Roman crossroads on which Royston was built were marked with a stone cross known as Roisia's cross and the stone that formed the base of this still sits i...Read moren the town centre today. Read less

  • 10. Interesting Facts about Royston

    At one time the bird the hooded crow (corvus cornix) was so commonly seen in the district that it became known as the Royston Crow. This name still remains in the town today and is the name for the town's weekly newspaper.


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