About Stevenage

Though its history goes back several hundred years, Stevenage's current incarnation began in 1946 with its unveiling as the UK's first new town.


Its goal was to give generations of people and businesses the foundation to build the futures that they were striving for. It attracted thousands out of London’s East End with the offer of modern and affordable homes, better living conditions, and desirable jobs in a rural setting.


Since then the town has continued to grow and diversify, with a population today of 87,000.

Our location and excellent transport links mean that we benefit from a vibrant and diverse business community, ranging from world-class manufacturing and knowledge businesses (such as GSK, Airbus, MBDA, BMW, Fujitsu and more) through to fast growing innovation and technology-led start-ups backed by extensive professional services and B2B sectors.

The town is located just 25 miles from London and great rail links means you can get to the London King’s Cross in just 20 minutes, with trains running every eight minutes during peak times. And if your destination is further afield, three international airports within 45 minutes of Stevenage offer connections across the world.

Affordable house prices make relocation easy. Stevenage has been listed as one of the top ten most affordable commuter towns in the UK and offers outstanding properties that are close to London but significantly more affordable than other comparable areas. The town centre is home to many of the UK’s leading retailers and our regeneration plans will see further diversification of shopping and leisure opportunities for residents and consumers.

You can read more about what Stevenage has to offer via the Stevenage Even Better website.


Stevenage was originally designed with leisure in mind and we have excellent free time and recreation facilities, including:

  • open green spaces, including the Green Flag-listed Fairlands Valley Park;
  • 40km of cycle paths;
  • water sports;
  • seven golf courses within easy reach;
  • theatre;
  • leisure park with cinema, bowling and places to eat;
  • fitness centres.