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Enjoy Hertfordshire

Beyond the city of St Albans, but still within easy reach, there is plenty more to explore. There are a wealth of villages, good pubs, beautiful walks, historic churches and family attractions, a few of which are listed below. Make sure you take the time to visit them all, as you don't want to miss out on something special!

Ashridge Estate

Moneybury Hill, Ringshall, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire. HP4 1LX This magnificent and varied estate runs across the borders of Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire, along the main ridge of the Chiltern Hills. There are woodlands, commons and chalk downland supporting a variety of wildlife and offering splendid walks through outstanding scenery.

Hatfield House

Hatfield, Hertfordshire AL9 5NQ Visit this stunning Jacobean house within an extensive park and see the surviving wing of the Royal Palace of Hatfield, where Elizabeth I spent much of her childhood. The house is steeped in Elizabethan and Victorian political history and has a fine collection of pictures, tapestries, furnishings and historic armour. There are delightful formal gardens, woodland trails, picnic areas and a children's play park.

Knebworth House, Park and Gardens

Knebworth, Hertfordshire. SG3 6PY One of England’s most beloved stately homes, Knebworth House is famous worldwide for its rock concerts and as the home of the Lytton family since 1490. The original Tudor Manor was transformed in 1843 by the spectacular high Gothic decoration of Victorian novelist Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton who was also famed as the author of the words “The pen is mightier than the sword”.

Paradise Wildlife Park

White Stubbs Lane, Broxbourne. EN10 7QA Come to Paradise -  the leading animal experience attraction in Europe. Feed a big cat, feed a tiger, tickle a tapir, meet a meerkat, feed a white lion, tiger brunch, meet the lemurs, meet the red pandas, feed the penguins, face your phobia, shadow a zookeeper, shadow a big cat keeper, mini zookeeper, shadow a monkey keeper, shadow a bird of prey keeper, shadow a reptile keeper, gardens tour, monkey tour, animal adoptions and more!

Shaw's Corner

Shaw's Corner, Ayot St Lawrence, Nr Welwyn AL6 9BX The country home of George Bernard Shaw from 1906 until his death in 1950. The atmospheric rooms remain much as he left them, with many literary and personal effects providing a fascinating insight into his domestic life. At the bottom of the tranquil 3.5 acre garden, stands his revolving summer house / writing hut, where many of his famous plays were written, which could be turned to catch the sunlight.

Warner Bros Studio Tour - The Making of Harry Potter

Leavesden Studios, Studio Tour Drive, Leavesden WD25 7LR People the world-over have been enchanted by the Harry Potter films for nearly a decade. The wonderful special effects and amazing creatures have made this iconic series beloved to both young and old – and now, for the first time, the doors are going to be opened for everyone at the studio where it first began. You’ll have the chance to go behind-the-scenes and see many things the camera never showed.

Woburn Abbey

Woburn Park, Bedfordshire MK17 9WA Woburn Abbey has been the home of the Dukes of Bedford for nearly 400 years. As such, it is steeped in a vast amount of history. Don’t miss the World renowned collections of art, furniture, porcelain, silver and gold. The Safari Park is an action packed day for all the family. Visitors to the park can drive through the large animal exhibits, which contain species such as White Rhino, Elephants, Tigers and Black Bears.

ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

Dunstable, Bedfordshire LU6 2LF Explore acres and acres of epic adventure at the UK’s biggest zoo. Home to more than 2,500 animals, many of which are endangered in the wild, the Zoo’s impressive 600 acre (2.4 km2) site can be found on the Chiltern Hills, near Dunstable, Bedfordshire. Daily animal shows and talks, and Hullabazoo indoor play centre.