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Introduction

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Harlow is a town in the county of Essex, England. Harlow new town was developed after the second world war to ease the crowding of London. The town is made up from the villages of Great Parndon, Latton, Tye Green, Potter Street, Churchgate Street, Little Parndon, Netteswell and the original Old Harlow which is mentioned in the Norman Dommsday Book and is of significant historical interest.

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Sights and Activities

Old Harlow Town

The original village dated back to the Domesday Book and has many grade1 listed buildings, including the pub. You can walk from New Town to Old town along tree lined old roads that are now exclusively foot and bike paths.

Sculpture gardens at Frederick Gibberd house

Frederick Gibberd was the town architect for New Harlow.

History Museum and bike museum

With a history from pre Roman times and many Roman artifacts, through to the development of New Harlow, the free museum is a must see. The building housing the museum was once a bike shop dating back to when bikes were first invented. The owner seems to have stored one bike from every stage of development which makes this an amazing collection.

Roman Sites

There are a number of Roman sites in the Harlow area all within walking distances.

  • Hiking trails along River Stort.
  • Walks along the canal toe paths.

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Getting There

By Car

Harlow is located just off the M11 and rail line to Stansted and London.

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Sleep

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Harlow International HostelCorner House 13 School LaneHOSTEL85
Premier inn-St. Albans / Bricket WoodSmug Oak Lane Bricketwood Nr RadlettHotel-
  • Harlow international hostel - Located in the heart of a landscaped park with a local pub across the road. It's a 10-minute walk into New Town.

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet caf├ęs can be found in many cities and towns. All UK public libraries provide access, often branded as "People's Network", usually at no or little charge, though there is usually a time limit. Some hotels/hostels also offer internet access, including wifi, but most times at a cost. Using the internet on your personal phone can become expensive very quickly, with carriers charging 100's of times the local rate for data. To avoid these expensive roaming charges, you can hunt for wifi at a local cafe or hotel, or rent a mobile hotspot via several providers including DATAPiXY, and XCOM Global.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

The country calling code to the United Kingdom is: 44. To make an international call from the United Kingdom, the code is: 00

In case of emergency, call 999 or 112 from any phone. Such calls are free and will be answered by an emergency services operator who will ask you for your location, and the service(s) you need (police, fire, ambulance, coastguard or mountain rescue). You can call this number from any mobile telephone as well, even if you do not have roaming.

Although the number is declining, you can still find payphones in many public areas, especially stations, airports etc. You can usually pay with cash and sometimes by creditcard or, for international calls, special phonecards are still available.

Mobile phones are heavily used. The main networks are T-Mobile, Vodafone, Orange and O2. 3G data services are available, usually priced per megabyte and coverage is usually very good in the UK, however it may lack in rural areas. Roaming on your personal phone plan can be expensive. To manage costs, consider purchasing a local UK SIM card for your phone. Several companies offer local SIM cards including Telestial, and CellularAbroad.

Post

The Royal Mail provides postal services in the United Kingdom. The Royal Mail's store fronts are called Post Office and offer services ranging from sending letters and packages to foreign currency exchange. Use the branch locator to find the nearest Post Office branch. There will be at least one post office in any town/city and there are quite often post offices in larger villages. It's common for a post office to be incorporated into a grocery store, where there will be a small counter located at the back of the store for dealing with post related matters. All post offices are marked with signs that say 'post office' in red lettering. Post boxes can be found at any post office and standalone large red post boxes on the streets or red boxes in the sides of public buildings.
For sending packages overseas, it might be a good idea to check prices and services with international companies like TNT, UPS or DHL.

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