Seven reasons to love Herts

by Louie.kenyoncrockett

Category: We love
August 23 2016

There’s way more to Hertfordshire than the M1! From regal manor houses and the wizarding world of Harry Potter to a world-class white water rafting and swanky stays at former royal pad or the stylist Laura Ashley Hotel, discover this lusciously green county just 20 minutes from central London when using Govia Thameslink Railway.

So… where to start?

1. Historical heroes

Hatfield House and Gardens Hatfield House and Gardens

From renowned rock ’n’ roll venues to cultural cathedrals Hertfordshire is a treasure trove of rich history waiting to be explored. Head to glorious Knebworth House and discover where England’s long-standing festival fever first began. Take a trip to regal Hatfield House and tour the quintessential manor which was once home to Elizabeth I. And, don’t forget to fit in a visit to St Albans Cathedral, an awe-inspiring haven for visitors looking for a touch of peace and serenity with their history.

2. Mystic magic for mere muggles

Diagon Alley, Harry Potter Studio Tour Diagon Alley, Harry Potter Studio Tour

Lose yourself in the magical wizarding world of Harry Potter with the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London. See the original sets from the films, discover spellbinding special effects, experience green screen technology and marvel at the miniature scale model of Hogwarts castle. 

3. Where the wild things are

Amur Tigers at Paradise Wildlife Park Amur Tigers at Paradise Wildlife Park

Enjoy a wild day with the family at one of Europe’s leading zoos; Paradise Wildlife Park. Watch the big cat feed, learn about the weird and wonderful habits of some of the residents explore at the Jungle Theatre or book an up-close animal experience. Alternatively, take a trip to Willows Activity Farm, where you can meet a host of farm friends, take a tractor ride, and even get a chance to say hello to Peter Rabbit and Lily Bobtail…

4. Action- packed adventures

Lee Valley White Water Rafting Lee Valley White Water Rafting

If Rio’s got you in the mood for trying something new head to Hertfordshire's very own Lee Valley White Water Centre which played host to the canoe slalom events of ‪London 2012. Ride the rapids around the same course ‪Team GB did four years ago as you enjoy an action-packed, champion day out. 

5. A retreat for royalty

Brocket Hall Estate Brocket Hall Estate

Make a date with the gorgeous Brocket Hall and we’re sure you’ll be spilling all the juicy details to your friends the next day. A former retreat for royalty and nobility (not to mention Lord Byron when wooing Lady Caroline Lamb), Brocket Hall’s suites are decorated with period antiques and there’s even has a butler service; it’s the place to be if you’re looking for the VIP treatment. Spend a day on one of two championship golf courses, or book a table at the award-winning restaurant, Auberge du Lac. 

6. The arty outdoors

Henry Moore, Sheep Piece Henry Moore, Sheep Piece

From the city buzz of St Albans to the picturesque market town of Tring there’s plenty of sights to explore in Hertfordshire. For a day in the great outdoors make a beeline for Henry Moore Studios & Gardens in Much Hadham. Embrace your inner artists as you explore over 70 acres of grounds housing some of the artist’s most striking sculptures against the lush landscape he called home.

7. Luxuriate in lavishness

Grove Hotel, London Grove Hotel, London

Close the door to your own Hertfordshire haven. Whether you’re after the boutique feel of Laura Ashley’s The Manor at Elstree, the quintessentially English St Michaels Manor Hotel, or glitz and glamour of The Grove, you’re guaranteed a great night’s sleep on a trip to Herts. 

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