Royston, a market town of around 15,000 people, lies on the Hertfordshire border, 12 miles south-east of Cambridge. The town grew up at the junction of two Roman roads, Ermine Street and the Icknield Way. King James I once had a hunting lodge in the area. Royston is famous for its dome-shaped, man-made cave, complete with medieval wall carvings, said to have been the meeting place of the secretive Knights Templar.
Modern Royston has a museum, leisure centre and cinema as well as a variety of restaurants and pubs. Open-air markets are held on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Royston is well-connected, with a direct rail route into London Kings Cross and easy access to Stansted Airport, the M25 and M11, making the town popular with commuters.
Royston's economy receives a boost from light industry, notably the chemical company Johnson Mathey, which has its global headquarters in the town.