Stunning stately homes, wild days out, cultural escapes and magical memories - Hertfordshire (or Herts) is the perfect place for your next short break. Just 20 minutes from London by train but still far away from the stresses of the big city, our lush, green county is brimming with exciting things to do and some seriously great places to stay.
Explore famous sites such as St Albans Cathedral, Hatfield House, Knebworth House, or capture the magic of Harry Potter with a visit to Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter. And if you're looking for wild beasts, Roman ruins, sculpture gardens, year-round snow, traditional English villages, 5* luxury or boutique B&Bs, Hertfordshire is the place to be.
St Albans Cathedral
St Albans Cathedral stands where Alban, Britain’s first ever saint, was buried over 1700 years ago. The building we see today was constructed after the 1066 Norman Invasion, with William the Conqueror commissioning a new church on the site.
Located just 20 miles north of London, Hatfield House is an estate with over 400 years of history. Built in 1611 by Robert Cecil, the 1st Earl of Salisbury, the site is home to a stunning Jacobean country house once adjoining Hatfield Palace, the famous site where Queen Elizabeth I learnt she would be queen.
The Rise and Fall of Hertford Castle Tour
This tour charts the rise of Hertford Castle from fortress to royal palace and its subsequent demise only to be remodelled as a gracious gentleman’s residence. The castle has a fascinating history and has been a fortress, royal palace, gaol and school to name just a few of its uses.
Knebworth House & Gardens
Known across the UK as a mecca for many music fans, since hosting legendary bands such as The Rolling Stones, The Beach Boys and Elton John, Knebworth House is one of Hertfordshire’s most famous sights.
De Havilland Museum
De Havilland was a British aviation manufacturer that began operations in 1920. The company was known for its innovation and iconic aircraft that revolutionised air travel including the first commercial jet airliner, the DH 106 Comet.
Gorgeous Georgians and Regency Rakes Tour
The Georgian period in Hertford was full of colourful characters, libertines and rakes. There were highwaymen, a prison reformer, poets, artists and eccentric aristocrats to name just a few. Our walk explores this lively period in Hertford’s history.
Radicals, Rebels and Dissenters Tour
This walk explores Hertford's rich history of religious dissent, radical politics and rowdy elections. This tradition stretches back to the Middle Ages and the Peasants Revolt. Hear about Oliver Cromwell and the less well-known revolt or mutiny of roundhead soldiers in the Civil War.