Howden is bordered by Craigshill (to the east), Ladywell (to the north), Almondvale (to the south) and Kirkton (to the west).

It is home to the 18th-century Howden House. There have been many owners though the years. In recent years the building had lay unoccupied, however, it has now been converted into luxury apartments.

Howden Park is a large recreational area in the centre of Livingston and includes the Howden Park Centre which can host a number events.