Hertfordshire is beautiful and varied county, bursting with things to see and do…so we wouldn’t blame you if didn’t know where to start!
So let us help to take the stress out of your trip – we’ve compiled a list of 10 must see attractions in Hertfordshire, which are sure to inspire and delight every generation.
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So, in alphabetical order (drum roll…)
One of England’s finest golf and residential country estates, Brocket Hall oozes charm, romance and (of course) luxury. A former famous retreat for royalty and nobility (not to mention Lord Byron when wooing Lady Caroline Lamb), the estate is 22 miles from central London and today offers a sumptuous welcome to visitors. Explore 543 acres of parkland, spend the day on one of two championship golf courses and the renowned Golf Academy, or simply indulge in the award-winning restaurant, Auberge du Lac. Treat yourself – you know you want to…
A quintessential English manor house fit for a Queen – Hatfield House was once the childhood home of Elizabeth I and is now a treasure trove of historic mementos, period detail, and sumptuous scenery. The estate – now home to Lord and Lady Sailsbury – offer visitors a rich and varied day out. You can explore the regal house, see the iconic Rainbow portrait of Queen Elizabeth I, or discover the story below stairs in the recently restored kitchen. The gardens retain designs from as far back as the 17th century and romantics are sure to lose themselves in the abundant fragrant grounds. Visitors can also browse the Stable Yard shops and relax in the Coach House Restaurant which serves a variety of delicious foods throughout the day.
Embrace your inner artists and step into the world of world-renowned artist Henry Moore at one of the most striking outdoor attractions in the UK.
At Henry Moore Studios & Gardens you can explore over 70 acres of grounds, showing the artist’s iconic work against the landscape he worked in. You can tour of the Moore family home and gardens and a brand new visitor centre opened in 2016 allows visitors to relax in a new café boasting spectacular views over the sculpture gardens.
An inspirational day out for the whole family! Open from 14th April 2017.
Whether you’re there for the rich history, the gorgeous gardens or to follow the footsteps of rock’n’roll royalty, Knebworth is undoubtedly a must see in Hertfordshire.
Knebworth House has been home to the Lytton family for over 500 years and welcomes thousands of visitors every year to the house, grounds and its famous rock concerts. Little kids will love the maze and dinosaur trail for youngsters, while big kids can let off steam at the adventure playground or around the deer park. And for the inside scoop, chat to one of the excellent house guides about Knebworth’s long colourful history and get gossip on Charles Dickens, Winston Churchill and Mick Jagger.
If you’re looking for heart-pounding excitement for the whole family, look no further than the rapids of The Lee Valley White Water Centre. This Broxbourne-based attraction offers white water activities for all ages – from rafting on the 2012 Olympic course to pummelling down the rapids on a hydrospeed. If you feel like taking it easy, you can enjoy family paddling or stand up paddling on the lake or relax in the Terrace Bar & Café – a great place to watch the white water action below or to listen to some live music on selected evenings. Lee Valley has several other outdoor sites and activities to enjoy in Hertfordshire, so don’t forget to check out what else they have on offer this summer!
That’s right – you can visit the Natural History Museum in Hertfordshire! Grown from the private collection of the somewhat eccentric Lionel Walter Rothschild, the museum at Tring is one of the largest private natural history collections ever assembled with more than 4,000 specimens on public display. Now part of the Natural History Museum itself, the museum retains its unique Victorian character and is a wonderful, free attraction in the heart of the picturesque town of Tring in West Hertfordshire. A hidden gem not to be missed.
Go where the wild things are – Paradise Wildlife Park is one of the leading zoos in Europe, and is home to over 400 exotic wild animals including tigers, monkeys, zebras, red pandas, penguins, white lions and snow leopards. See if you can spot the small monkeys, and beware of the largest anaconda in the UK. There are more than 30 different pre-booked exotic animal experiences on offer too, so you can feed big cats, shadow a keeper, meet the meerkats, or tickle a tapir. A great day out for all the family, the park has a full programme of daily animal shows as well as adventure golf, woodland railway, and several adventure playgrounds. What’s more, the park has contributed £5 million to conservation projects and good causes at home and around the world – so you know your visit will be in aid of a good cause!
Surrounded by parkland and just a stone’s throw from the city centre, St Albans Cathedral is an awe-inspiring haven for visitors looking for a touch of peace and serenity with their history.
Home to the Shrine of St Alban and the longest nave in England, the cathedral is packed with fascinating artefacts and features, and the cathedral’s expert guides can fill you in on its rich and varied history. Entry is free and there are free guided tours every day. The Abbot’s Kitchen on site also serves lunches and afternoon teas. For a really special experience, take one of the Abbey By Night tours…
Wands at the ready! It’s time to lose yourself in the magical wizarding world of Harry Potter with the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London. This enormous and unique attraction (just 20mins from central London) invites visitors behind the scenes of the Harry Potter film series so that fans old and new can experience the magic first hand. See the original sets from the films, including the Great Hall, discover spellbinding special effects, experience green screen technology and marvel at the breathtaking miniature scale model of Hogwarts castle. Whether you are a film buff, or just have a lot of love for HP, this is an attraction you will be talking about long after Hogwarts’ doors close…
For a wholesome day out that the whole family can enjoy, you really can’t beat a trip to the wonderful Willows Activity Farm.
Children and parents can meet the farm animals, take a tractor ride, enjoy live shows and run wild in the adventure play areas. You might even get a chance to say hello to Peter Rabbit and Lily Bobtail..
There’s plenty of reason to visit all year round with seasonal activities such as lambing, sheep shearing, potato picking and festive fun. And there are plenty of indoor activities on rainy days in the play barn, Peter Rabbit’s Cotton-tail Village, and at the JCB Young Drivers Zone.