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Hertfordshire Rundown

Hertfordshire is a small but perfectly formed county just north of London, and thought to be rather posh, with Harpenden being the epitome of rich commuter belt living. The countryside around here is rich too, with pastoral scenes to rival many in the UK, but unfortunately it’s fast disappearing. Hertfordshire was the first county to dabble in New Towns. Letchworth is the world’s first Garden city which came about in 1903, closely followed by Welwyn Garden City in 1920 while Stevenage was the first officially designated New Town in the UK in 1940.

Walkers will enjoy the Hertfordshire Way, a 166 mile circular footpath, many of it next to canals, rivers and lakes, as well as the Chiltern Hills. Hertfordshire’s county town of Hertford is found at the interchange of rivers Beane, Lee, Minram and Rib, allowing plenty of opportunities for water based activities in Hertfordshire.

The ancient city of St Albans has a magnificent Cathedral while the town of Hatfield is home to Hatfield House, where Elizabeth I grew up. Elstree is the Hertfordshire town famous for its contribution to the British Film Industry, with Elstree Studios located here.

HERTFORDSHIRE’S TOP 10

10. Mill Green Museum and Mill Dating back to the 15th Century with a restored 18th Century working watermill next door.

5. Letchworth Museum and Art Gallery Opened in 1914 by Letchworth Naturalists’ Society.

9. You will come up smelling of roses after a visit to Hertfordshire’s Royal National Rose Garden, built by Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medal Winners Michael Balston and Adam Frost.

4. Knebworth House Queen Elizabeth I, Charles Dickens and Winston Churchill have all visited. Wouldn’t that make a fascinating dinner party?

8. Shaws Corner Visit the home of famous playwright George Bernard Shaw who lived here from 1906-1950.

3. Aldenham County Park Owned and run by Hertfordshire County Council and created back in 1971 as a green space for countryside recreation.

7. Rye Meads Nature Reserve Set out on an urban wildlife watch.

2. St Alban’s Museum has some interesting archaeological artefacts, while telling the story of the city well.

6. Paradise Wildlife Park Meet lions, tigers, monkeys, zebras, tapirs and more.

1. Verulamium Museum & Ruins in St Albans and a fabulous expose of everyday Roman with a Roman Theatre next door.

HERTFORDSHIRE EVENTS

Magic Summer Live takes place at Hertfordshire’s Hatfield House during the month of July. Only top acts will perform, book early though. Tickets from £60.

Battle Proms Concerts in July have been spellbinding audiences since 1997. Thousands turn up at Hatfield House and bring hampers and champers to watch Hertfordshire’s finest musical events.

Bishop Stortford Beer Festival is one to look out for during July if you’re in Hertfordshire. Get your beer goggles out and head for the Town Centre.

Sonisphere Festival takes place at Knebworth House in Hertfordshire during July with some of the top bands in the world performing.

Get over to Royston for Hertfordshire’s biggest kite event. The Royston Kite Festival kicks off in August in the town centre.

The Knebworth County Show is held annually during August at Hertfordshire’s Knebworth House, for heavy horses, a Sheep Show a Dog Show and many other things.

The Classic Motor Show brings some Va Va Vroom to Hertfordshire during August, at Knebworth House.

Chilli Festival Check out some of the fiery little devils at Benington Lordship Gardens, Hertfordshire at the end of August.

Chilterns Countryside Festival is held at Ashridge Estate, Hertfordshire in September with crafty displays and mouth-watering produce for your delectation. Get some seasonal cheer at Knebworth’s Christmas Fair at Knebworth House, Hertfordshire at the end of November.

WHEN TO GO

· Hertfordshire is located in the South East of the UK, just 20 miles from central London – it shares a temperate maritime climate with the rest of the UK with four distinct seasons and no real extremes in temperature throughout the year.

· Summer is the hottest time of year in Hertfordshire, with temperatures up to around 22°C, so be prepared with sun cream if planning a trip at this time. Autumn Is cooler but temps are still likely to be around 11°C, and in winter you will need to pack a few jumpers since temps dip to 4°C or so.

· Summer tends to be the driest part of the year, but as ever in the UK, expect the unexpected since even the months of July and August have their fair share of rainfall.

GETTING THERE

· Hertfordshire has outstanding transport links – by car it can be reached via the A1, M25 or M1, and National Express coaches run to all the main towns in the county from virtually all other main UK destinations.

· By rail there are high speed trains from St Albans and Hertford into London Kings Cross, St Pancras International or Moorgate, a journey which takes under half an hour.

· Heathrow and Gatwick airports are highly accessible by bus and train, as are Stansted and Luton.

Hotels in Hertfordshire

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From US$85

1 Hilton Watford

4 stars
3.3 / 5

Elton Way Map

Leisure Escapes! - Rate includes hotel credit

Whether travelling for business or pleasure, the Hilton Watford hotel is the perfect place to reside when visiting the Watford. GeneralThe hotel offers excellent meeting and banquet rooms for you... More

From US$132

2 Strand Palace Hotel London

4 stars
4.5 / 5 169 reviews

372, Strand Map

Free Wifi

Surrounded by London's well known places such as Courtauld Gallery, Covent Garden and National Portrait Gallery, Strand Palace Hotel London offers modern services and quality accommodation that are... More

Mrs Mairi finlayson
We had a fabulous time! The staff were friendly and helpful and the room was spotless and kept that way. Food was excellent too and we will definitely be back'
13 Aug 2015
From US$198

3 Lancaster London

4 stars
4.4 / 5 29 reviews

Lancaster Terrace Map

Free WIFI in rooms and public areas!

Boasting exceptional views of Hyde Park and cityscape vistas, Lancaster London Hotel offers attentive service and superb choice of accommodation for an unforgettable holiday. GeneralLancaster... More

Family Trip
This is a great hotel for a family great. Fantastic location. Staff are friendly. The rooms need to be updated.
13 Aug 2015
From US$138

4 Go Native Kensington

4 stars
4.2 / 5 62 reviews

181 Warwick Road Map

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Go Native - Earls Court London offers warm welcome and high quality services that create an inviting ambience for an unforgettable stay. This property is just moments from Olympia and Earl's Court... More

London Gem
From the moment you walk in the door you are met with friendly welcoming staff,the room has all kitchen appliances,excellent bed plenty of room situated close to transport close to city hey close...
21 Aug 2015
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5 Studios 2 Let

4 stars
3.7 / 5 68 reviews

36-37 Cartwright Gardens Map

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Business and leisure travellers looking for chic comfortable accommodations set in a central location find an ideal base at Studios 2 Let London Apartment. This London property is within convenient... More

Great Central London Stay
Well located and reasonably priced appartment living in Euston area. Transport and facilities closeby. Suggest superior size room for additional comfort
18 Jun 2015
From US$94

6 London House Hotel

3 stars
3.6 / 5 8 reviews

81 Kensington Gardens Square Map

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London House Hotel is well suited to accommodate any visitor to London with its wide range of comfortable rooms and friendly hospitality. London's major attractions, which guests can visit include... More

Average
We booked this hotel last minute the day before New Years Eve so we kind of expected something that was overpriced and average. The hotel was small but cozy. We had no issues with it but it was a...
5 Aug 2015
From US$142

7 Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington

4 stars
3.9 / 5 81 reviews

Scarsdale Place Kensington Map

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Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington offers quality accommodation and services for a relaxing stay in Kensington. Guests can visit popular attractions of London such as Kensington Palace, Royal... More

Poor Service
Insufficient staff allocated to reception especially at check out time only one ! Whilst other Managers walking about doing nothing Poor wifi which they charge for which does not always work.
12 Aug 2015
From US$188

8 The Grosvenor

4 stars
4.2 / 5 49 reviews

Buckingham Palace Road Map

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The Grosvenor Hotel London is an ideal place to enjoy luxurious accommodation and the best of central London, known for its culture, history and exciting attractions. Buckingham Palace, the... More

Goodwood Revival Festival
We chose this hotel for its location to Victoria Station to catch an early train to The Goodwood Revival Festival. There are internal doors to the station which make it easy. The room was almost...
13 Mar 2015
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9 Hostel 639 London

2 stars
1.0 / 5 2 reviews

639 Harrow Road Map

INCLUDES FREE WIFI

Offering budget-friendly accommodations for backpackers exploring the city of London, Hostel 639 London creates a fun and pleasant atmosphere in a centrally situated area. Travellers should not... More

Will Never Return There
Only the location is good for the hostel - 100 m to metro station Kensal Green. Everything else is awful. The worst hostel I have ever visited. Rooms are small and cold. Bugs are detected. Staff is...
30 Nov 2014
From US$124

10 Corus Hotel Hyde Park

4 stars
4.4 / 5 56 reviews

1-7 Lancaster Gate Map

FREE WIFI

Corus Hotel Hyde Park London offers quality accommodation as well as friendly atmosphere being close to the famous Kensington Palace. Royal Albert Hall, National Art Library and Science Museum... More

Mum & Daughter Trip
Hotel clean and quiet - room very basic and a bit battered - though tea&coffee always refilled each day (which doesn't normally happen) Fantastic location!!!
3 Mar 2015
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