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Not sure where to begin your next trip in picturesque Hertfordshire? A 20-minute train journey from central London, Hertfordshire (otherwise known as Herts) is overflowing with wholesome, entertaining family days out. From wizards and wild animals to snow centres and cathedrals, these ideas are sure to inspire you.
Warner Brothers Studio Tours – The Making of Harry Potter
Want to fall under the spell of Harry Potter and his enchanted world? Then a trip to Warner Bros Studio Tour in London will bring the much-loved film series to life right before your eyes. Full of authentic sets, costumes and props, the Harry Potter Studio Tour sees thousands of visitors every year.
Harry Potter fans will get a magical glimpse into the incredibly popular franchise, and there’s no experience quite like it for Harry Potter buffs of all ages. For further information, head over to their official website.
Welwyn Roman Baths
Underneath the A1 motorway in a steel vault lies a fascinating archaeological site and museum. Welwyn Roman Baths give you a riveting insight into the world of the Romans and the ingeniously well-preserved bath house, once a private villa for local farmers. Discover how the Romans enjoyed relaxing with a sophisticated culture of bathing in various cold, warm and hot rooms.
The Snow Centre
Boasting a 160-metre main slope, The Snow Centre in Hemel Hempstead is the newest snow sports destination with the closest ‘real snow’ to London. It features the largest indoor lesson slope and offers a variety of skiing and snowboarding lessons for adults and kids.
Get lift passes, enjoy freestyle sessions and experience the ultimate sledging experience. Then have a snack and a drink afterwards in the Lodge Bar & Kitchen while overlooking the slopes. Anyone aged seven and over can take on the extreme Sledging Arctic Alley.
For a spine-tingling day out, head to Royston Cave, hidden beneath Melbourn Street. It was unintentionally discovered back in 1742 when a millstone was discovered beneath the surface of the ground. The removal of the millstone exposed a vertical shaft into the chalk, which led down to a cave carved out of solid chalk. Human bones and mysterious trinkets also lay in the cave and the walls depict scenes like the crucifixion of Christ and other Christian writings.
St Albans Cathedral
A history enthusiast? Take a trip to St Albans Cathedral, the oldest site of ongoing Christian worship in the UK. It gets its name from Britain’s first saint, Alban, and is a remarkable place to explore.
Take a free guided tour, delve into the enthralling history and feast your eyes on awe-inspiring architecture. Listen to captivating Cathedral Guide Talks, browse the quaint gift shop and be sure to pop into the café after you’ve explored the cathedral’s ancient realms.
Willows Activity Farm
Fancy a fun day out with the family? Visit the wonderful Willows Activity Farm where you’ll meet all sorts of farm animals. Kids can enjoy a tractor ride, experience live shows and have fun on the fair rides, carousels, inflatables and soft-play activities. They may even get an opportunity to say hello to Peter Rabbit and Lily Bobtail in Cotton-Tail Village. Delicious homemade food is available in the catering outlets and there’s a gift shop, too.
Natural History Museum
Discover one of the UK’s finest assortments of stuffed birds, reptiles, insects and mammals at the Natural History Museum in Tring. Built in 1889, the museum houses the private natural history collection of Walter Rothschild and is known as the Noah’s Ark in the Hertfordshire countryside. Discover a full-sized gorilla, an enormous anaconda, emperor penguins and even a Tasmanian wolf. Entry is free.
Built in 1611 by the first Earl of Salisbury, Hatfield Houseis an ancient country estate and the home of the 7th Marquess and Marchioness of Salisbury and their family. This Jacobean mansion accommodates The Rainbow Portrait, possibly the most colourful Tudor portrait, together with the superb water sculpture ‘Renaissance’, crafted by one of Britain’s most imaginative sculptors, Angela Conner. Meander the house’s breath-taking rooms, not forgetting its picturesque park, gardens and farm.
Paradise Wildlife Park
It’s time to go where the wild things are! Paradise Wildlife Park is one of the top zoos in Europe, boasting over 400 exotic wild animals. It’s also the only place in the UK where you’ll see all five big cats. Witness monkeys, alligators, zebras, the largest anaconda in the UK and much more. Beware of the creepy crawlies in the reptile and insect temple. Or visit the farmyard where you’ll see adorable fluffy and feathered creatures of all kinds. Then finish off with afternoon tea with the tigers in the Tiger Tree Tops Café.
There are more than enough things to do in Hertfordshire that the whole family will enjoy. From Paradise Wildlife Park to The Snow Centre in Hemel Hempstead, you won’t be short of things to do in this beautiful part of the country.