Hertfordshire’s northernmost outpost, Royston nestles under the chalk escarpment at the northern end of the Chiltern Hills. Its compact centre consists of the narrow streets and old buildings typical of many long established settlements, and the visitor can explore a number of interesting shops down the various lanes. There is a market on Wednesdays.
A well signed town trail takes in most of the places of interest, including the museum, King James’s Palace, the Town Hall, St John the Baptist parish church and the marketplace.
The centrally located Priory Memorial Gardens contains a memorial to the United States armed forces who were based in the area in the 1940s.
The town’s greatest oddity is surely the cave, found in the centre beneath Melbourn Street. Carved out of the chalk, its walls are covered in carvings and symbols believed to date from the Knights Templar, though this is disputed by some.
Royston’s businesses and industry have recently formed themselves into a Business Improvement District (BID) and, using a small increment to their business rates, will be investing in projects not just in the town centre but throughout the community.
Royston has a modern leisure centre located in a new housing development to the north-east. It has one secondary school, Meridian, and also middle schools catering for 9-13 year olds.
To the south west of the town is the heath, a wide expanse of common land used for rugby football, golf, horse riding and walking, and site of the annual kite fair which attracts visitors from far and wide each July.