Enjoy! Groupto Hertfordshire Visits
HOUSE, GARDENS, PARK, & DINOSAUR TRAIL
‘Make our home your destination’ Henry & Martha Lytton Cobbold
19th generation of the Lytton family
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Discounted admission for groups Dedicated group organiser helpline Free entry and refreshments for driver Direct access from A1(M) Free on site coach parking Guided tours of the house and gardens New talk and tour for 2012 New gift shop and plant sales area
For further information on opening times and events visit:
www.knebworthhouse.com Knebworth Park, Nr Stevenage, Herts SG1 2AX Tel: 01438 812661 Immediate access off the A1(M), at J 7, 15 miles from M25 (J23).
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Looking for something totally different? Open throughout the year
F ro gmore P aper Mill An amazing place of discovery and fun in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire Explore the heritage and mysteries of the 200 year old Frogmore Paper Mill, birthplace of paper’s industrial revolution
Chenies Manor House & Enchanting Gardens Open Every Wednesday & Thursday April to October inclusive & Bank Holiday Mondays 2-5pm The C15 Manor House is steeped in history. It was a favourite of Queen Elizabeth I and rumour has it that it is haunted by the Ghost of Henry VIII. Enjoy the profusion of ﬂowers in the various gardens, the Yew Maze and Physic Garden. Winner of the Historic Houses Association & Christie’s Garden of the Year 2009 Award Delicious Home made Teas – Shop – Plants for sale – Exhibition. Chenies, Buckinghamshire, WD3 6ER 01494 762888 (M25 - Exit 18 - A404 towards Amersham)
● Papermaking by hand and machine ● Make your own paper ● Paper museum and exhibitions ● Underground mill race ● Vintage fire engine ● Take a boat ride ● Paper shop ● Cafe ● Special interest programmes and tours ● Educational programme for schools and adults ● Disabled access For group travel information call Margaret on 01442 234600; e-m email@example.com; or visit www.thepapertrail.org.uk The Paper Trail (charity no 1079008) is supported by HLF, EEDA and HCC
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For more information visit...
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Open daily Paradise Wildlife Park, White Stubbs Lane, Broxbourne, Herts, EN10 7QA until 6pm
Free on-site coach parking
Hertfordshire offers a wealth of opportunities for group visitors, from vibrant shopping centres to bustling market towns. Explore our historic houses, beautiful gardens, farm and wildlife parks, heritage and antiques, entertainments, cafes, restaurants and traditional pubs, or just enjoy our picturesque countryside. You might want to visit one of our many festivals: chillis, kites, scarecrows, music & more. New for this year is the Warner Bros. Studio Tour -The Making of Harry Potter. This magical experience is a behind-the-scenes walking tour which immerses you into the world of film-making, featuring authentic sets, costumes and props from the Harry Potter film series. For tickets look on www.wbstudiotour.co.uk To make your visit easier, we have a series of suggested itineraries which can be used by all coach, tour and travel operators, educational and youth trip organisers. On each itinerary you will find a starting point for your day, along with an estimated mileage, length of time per tour from start to finish and directions between attractions.
You may decide only to visit a selection of the recommended places in each itinerary, pick â€˜nâ€™ mix, the choice is yours.
How to use this guide We recommend that you pre-book your trip to avoid disappointment. You may also be eligible for a discount. Not all of our tours can accommodate coach parking, so before your trip please check availability for coach drop off & pick up points & parking on page 47, or check with your chosen attraction or destination. The local tourist information centre will be pleased to advise you on places to eat and drink, see pages 51- 52.
All the tours vary in length, why not link up tours for a longer visit and stop and stay a while, perhaps for a long weekend. You'll find a full list of accommodation from budget to luxury, all ideal for a touring base on www.enjoyhertfordshire.com or check out Hertfordshire Hoteliers Association on www.herts-hotels.co.uk. Many of our hotels offer traditional afternoon tea, a perfect ending to a perfect day out.
HITCHIN LAVENDER TAKING BOOKINGS NOW FOR SUMMER TOURS DAY AND EVENING SPACES AVAILABLE 01462 434343 INFO@HITCHINLAVENDER.COM WWW.HITCHINLAVENDER.COM
Adrenalin Rush choose from G Rye-House Kart Raceway, Hoddesdon
G The Snow Centre, Hemel Hempstead
G Lee Valley White Water Centre, Waltham Cross
Pick and mix from these adrenalin pumping activities, ideal for an energetic day out or even a long weekend:
Rye-House Kart Raceway is one of the UK’s foremost karting centre and here you can enjoy the thrills and exhilaration of Go-Karting, the ultimate outdoors driving experience. There is a main track and a junior circuit. Once booked and signed in, it is full speed ahead and no stopping. Drivers are fully kitted out with race suits, helmets and gloves. Recreational sessions for either 30 or 60 minutes are available all year round and in all weather. Spectators are welcome and there is a bar and restaurant on site for après kart chilling. Postcode: EN11 0EH. Approx time 2.5hours
The Snow Centre - has arrived with the greatest snow this side of the Alps. Take a deep breath….and discover the best indoor slope in the UK. Not only will you find ideal snow conditions day in and day out but we've also brought the best après snow and adventure retail to one place. The 160m slope is kept covered in fresh snow generated by the latest snow canons, whilst four-lift systems promise to maximise your time on the slopes. Full equipment is available as are a host of lessons, and even professional race training. When you’re all snowed out, enjoy a drink or a meal in The EDGE, our café bar with altitude. Need a little retail therapy? Visit the 8,000 sq ft Snow+Rock shop retailer offering the best winter sports clothing and equipment to get you kitted out for the slopes. Postcode: HP3 9NH. Approx time 2 - 3 hours
Lee Valley White Water Centre is the only brand new London 2012 Games venue that you can use before the Games. You can have a go at white water rafting before the Olympians arrive! This is a thrilling adrenalin pumping activity. Even if you have never paddled before white water rafting and canoeing here will give you a thrilling experience. Experienced qualified staff will ensure your safety and it is perfect for team building, corporate outings, youth and school groups and any other kind of party. Postcode: EN9 1AB. Approx time 3 hours. Please check opening times as the White Water Centre will be closed to accommodate the 2012 Games. Lee Valley White Water Centre www.gowhitewater.co.uk 08456 770 600 Snow Centre www.thesnowcentre.com 0845 258 9000
Rye-House Kart Raceway www.rye-house.co.uk 01992 460 895 firstname.lastname@example.org
Antiques Tour choose from G Herts & Essex Antiques,
Sawbridgeworth G Beckwith & Son Antiques, Hertford G By George Antiques, St Albans G Home & Colonial Antiques, Berkhamsted
Start point Sawbridgeworth, CM21 9JX Duration Full day Estimated mileage of tour from start to finish 41 miles Herts & Essex Antiques - Established over twenty years ago, the Herts and Essex Antiques Centre is housed in a Grade 2 listed Maltings. The Centre is an Aladdin's Cave of affordable antiques and collectables. There are several other antique centres nearby. Postcode: CM21 9JX. Approx tour time: 2 hours. Directions to Beckwith & Son: Take A1184 signposted Harlow, turn onto A414 signposted Hertford, take A10 North, then return to A414 signposted Hertford. Beckwith and Son Antiques - In the historical county town of Hertford, you will find Beckwith & Son, established over 100 years ago. The centre is housed in a Tudor jettied, half timbered building which is filled with fine antiques. It is also home to Hertford Antiques Centre. Postcode: SG14 1HZ. Approx tour time: 1 hour. Directions to By George Antiques: Take A414 signposted Hatfield then join A1(M) signposted London, continue through Hatfield Tunnel and leave at junction 3 signposted A414 St Albans. At London Colney roundabout take 4th exit onto A1081, then take A5183 signposted Redbourn. Turn left onto Lower Dagnall Street, then left onto Bowes Lyon Mews. By George Antiques - By George Antiques Centre in St Albans is a 15th/16th Century coaching inn & mill now housing 15 antique dealers. St Albans is a fabulous city with lots of history and heritage to explore and is well worth considering for a weekend break. Postcode: AL3 4ES. Approx tour time: 1 hour. Directions to Home & Colonial: Take the A5183 onto the A4147 and continue until A414 signposted Hemel Hempstead. Take A4146 signposted Bovingdon then A4251 and continue to Berkhamsted. Home & Colonial Antiques - Home & Colonial is one of the UK's leading antique centres and a must for lovers of antiques, collectables and interior design. Specialist dealers offer a vast range of high quality antiques and collectables from the 19th and 20th centuries. Why not take a leisurely walk along the beautiful canal that, with careful planning, could encompass up to ten public houses. Berkhamsted is a beautiful market town and is home to the fabulous Art Deco Rex Cinema. Postcode: HP4 3AT. Approx tour time: 2 hours.
Antiques Tour choose from G Herts & Essex Antiques, Sawbridgeworth G Beckwith & Sons Antiques, Hertford G By George Antiques, St Albans G Home & Colonial Antiques, Berkhamsted Herts & Essex Antiques www.herts-essex-antiques.co.uk 01279 722044
Beckwith & Son Antiques www.beckwithantiques.co.uk 01992 582079
By George Antiques Centre 01727 853032
Home & Colonial Antiques www.homeandcolonial.co.uk 01442 877007
ALL YEAR ROUND • Every Friday morning Hitchin Antiques & Collectors Market www.hitchinmarkets.co.uk JULY • Salvo Fair- Architectural Salvage Fair Knebworth Park www.knebworthhouse.com SEPTEMBER • International Antiques& Collectors Fair Hertfordshire County Showground Redbourn www.acf.co.uk/redbourn • St Albans Beer Festival www.stalbans.gov.uk
Art Tour choose from G Henry Moore Foundation, Perry Green
G Artshed, nr Ware Start point Perry Green, Much Hadham SG10 6EE Duration Half day Estimated mileage of tour from start to finish 10 miles
Henry Moore Foundation - The Henry Moore Foundation is an award-winning visitor attraction that includes the former house, studios and sculpture grounds of the artist Henry Moore, in 70 acres of Hertfordshire countryside. Open 3 April to 30 October. Group visits specially tailored, and first rate lunch at the Hoops Inn, the Foundation pub, on the village green, all year round. Postcode: SG10 6EE. Approx tour time: 2 1/2 hours. Directions to Artshed: Turn right onto Bourne Lane then turn left onto B1004 and continue until you enter Ware. At mini roundabout take 1st exit onto Watton Road B1001 signposted Stevenage A1170. At the roundabout take 2nd exit continuing onto A602 sign posted Stevenage. Artshed - Artshed is one of Hertfordshire's contemporary art venues situated on the Rib Valley Leisure Complex at Westmill Farm, Ware. This is a unique combination of a large gallery space shop, café, studios and workshops. Artshed stage many exhibitions throughout the year. Westmill Farm also offers fishing, golf, a restaurant, and is home to many outdoor pursuits. Nearby is the attractive market town of Ware famous for its malting heritage where you might like to include a walk along the riverside to see the fine collection of gazebos and take in the sculpture trail. Postcode: SG12 0ES. Approx tour time: 1 hour.
Henry Moore Foundation www.henry-moore.org/pg 01279 843333 www.hoops-inn.co.uk Artshed www.artshedarts.co.uk 01920 466446
EVENTS MAY • Living Crafts at Hatfield House www.livingcrafts.co.uk JUNE • Craft & Design Show Knebworth House www.knebworthhouse.com
JULY • Art in Clay Hatfield House www.hatfield-house.co.uk SEPTEMBER • Open Studios Various locations in Herts www.hvaf.org.uk
Butterflies and Broomstick Tour choose from G Butterfly World G Warner Bros. Studio Tour - The Making of Harry Potter Combine a visit to the natural environment of Butterfly World with the magic of a behind the scenes tour of the Harry Potter film series.
Warner Bros. Studio Tour-The Making of Harry Potter - This is a behind-the- scenes walking tour which immerses you into the world of film-making, featuring authentic sets, costumes and props that showcase the British artistry, technology and talent that goes into producing world famous and successful movies. For the first time ever you will be able to step on to the actual sets, including the Great Hall, Dumbledore’s office, Hagrid’s hut and the Ministry of Magic, as well as marvel at the groundbreaking special effects that made Harry Potter the most successful film series ever. Postcode: WD25 7LR. Approx tour time: 2.5 to 3.5 hours Butterfly World www.butterflyworldproject.com 01727 869203 Warner Bros. Studio Tour -The making of Harry Potter www.wbstudiotour.co.uk 08450 840900
Butterfly World - This £27 million project is a tribute to the butterfly and a dedicated centre of learning for the preservation of this fragile and beautiful species. Patrons include Sir David Attenborough and Professor Dr David Bellamy. The site is created in the shape of a butterfly’s head and comprises an array of different gardens from ‘The Theatre of Insects’ to ‘Through the Flowerpot Garden’ in which you are transformed into insect size and can walk through a giant flowerpot. The 20 acres of wildflower meadows are a kaleidoscope of colour and provide a wonderful nectar transfusion for the butterflies and insectstheir very own service station off the M25. Don’t miss the Nectar House Café and the shop and plant boutique. The education focus includes the Butterfly Breeding House, the Insect Study Centre and the exciting natural children’s play area. Postcode: AL2 3NY. Approx tour time: 3 to 3.5 hours.
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Farmyard Favourites to Garden Delights choose from Start point Willows Farm Village, London Colney AL2 1BB Duration Full day Estimated mileage of tour from start to finish 10 miles
G Willows Farm Village, London Colney G The Dutch Nursery
Willows Farm Village - Meet all your farmyard favourites in an incredible rural retreat at Willows Farm Village. Set in a 500 acre leisure attraction, Willows features a wide variety of animals, attractions and activities, boating lake and a daily programme of entertainment, special events and activities, including old favourites like daft duck trails, willows sheepstakes, bird-o-batics falconry displays and legend of the lake. Postcode: AL2 1BB. Approx tour time: 3 hours. The Dutch Nursery - Garden Centres are no longer just for plants. At the Dutch Nursery you can still buy all your garden sundries, but also a wide selection of innovative and unusual gifts, including jewellery, watches, pottery and candles. Café Dutch offers a great selection of tasty light lunches & snacks and fabulous afternoon teas. Throughout the year Café Dutch hosts various evening events, a perfect end to a perfect day out. Postcode: AL9 6ND. Approx tour time 1.5 -2hrs Willows Farm Village www.willowsfarmvillage.com 0870 129 9718
EVENTS APRIL • East of England Food Festival Knebworth House www.knebworthhouse.com JUNE • Hertfordshire County Show Redbourn Showground www.hertsshow.com
The Dutch Nursery Garden Centre www.dutchnurserygardencentre.co.uk 01707 653372 email@example.com
Garden Tour 1 choose from G Hitchin Lavender, Ickleford
G Benington Lordship, Benington
G Knebworth House, Gardens & Park, Knebworth
Start point Hitchin Lavender Farm, Ickleford, Hitchin SG5 3UA Duration Full day Estimated mileage of tour from start to finish 18 miles Hitchin Lavender - Hitchin Lavender has acres of lavender fields and many lavender products for sale. You are encouraged to cut yourself a bunch of lavender to take home-scissors are provided! Postcode: SG5 3UA. Approx tour time: 11/2 hours. Directions to Benington Lordship: turn left onto A600, continue until A505 signposted Luton, continue until A602 signposted Stevenage, continue until signposted Ware, take 2nd exit onto Broadwater Lane and turn right onto Benington Road. Benington Lordship - Benington Lordship Gardens has a clever mixture of formality and wilderness, with extensive collections of plants and wildlife flowers. It is famous for its snowdrop walks in the Spring and Chilli Festival in August. Postcode: SG2 7BS. Approx tour time: 2 hours. Directions to Knebworth House, Gardens & Park: Turn left onto Broadwater Lane and return to A602. Follow signpost to town centre and A1(M), at A1(M) roundabout is the entrance to Knebworth. Knebworth House, Gardens & Park - Explore the formal gardens and the acres of parkland at Knebworth house. Postcode: SG1 2AX. Approx tour time: 1 hour (garden only).
Hitchin Lavender www.hitchinlavender.com 01462 434320
Knebworth House, Gardens & Park www.knebworthhouse.com 01438 812661 Benington Lordship www.beningtonlordship.co.uk 01438 869668
EVENTS FEB • Snowdrops at Benington Lordship www.beningtonlordship.co.uk JUNE • Benington Lordship Floral Festival www.beningtonlordship.co.uk • Knebworth Festival of Transport Knebworth Park www.knebworthhouse.com
AUGUST • Chilli Festival Benington Lordship www.beningtonlordship.co.uk
Garden Tour 2 choose from G Shaw's Corner, Ayot St Lawrence
G Hatfield House, Start point Shaw's Corner, Ayot St Lawrence AL6 9BX Duration Full day - Shaw’s Corner does not open until midday Estimated mileage of tour from start to finish 20 miles
Park & Gardens
G Van Hage Garden Centre, Great Amwell
Shaw's Corner - Visit the delightful garden at Shaw's Corner, the home of the playwright George Bernard Shaw. Set in 3.5 acres, this garden is a place to relax. You can also visit his Writing Hut. Suitable for small groups as access by coach is tricky. Postcode: AL6 9BX. Approx tour time:1 hour (garden only). Directions to Hatfield House, Park & Gardens: Turn onto Codicote Road and left onto B653, continue until B197 signposted Hertford. At roundabout take 2nd exit onto A6129 then A414 signposted Hertford, branch left onto A1000 signposted Hatfield. Hatfield House Park & Gardens - Enjoy the beautifully designed gardens at Hatfield House. They include orchards, fountains, scented plants, terraces and herbs. Postcode: Al9 5NQ. Approx tour time: 2 hours. Directions to Van Hage Garden Centre: Take A1000 signposted Welwyn, then onto A414, then onto A119 signposted Ware. Continue entering Ware until mini roundabout then take A1170. Van Hage Garden Centre - end your day at Van Hage Garden Centre and enjoy the welcoming atmosphere. They have a huge selection of plants and gifts for you to buy. You can also visit their pets corner. Postcode: SG12 9RP. Approx tour time: 2 hours.
Hatfield House Park & Gardens www.hatfield-house.co.uk 01707 287010 Van Hage www.vanhage.co.uk 01920 870811
EVENTS MARCH • National Gardens Scheme Hatfield House www.hatfield-house.co.uk MAY • Plant Sale Shaw’s Corner www.nationaltrust.org.uk/shawscorner
AUGUST • Hatfield House Country Show www.hatfield-house.co.uk • Flamstead Scarecrow Festival www.flamstead-herts.co.uk SEPTEMBER • Early Bicycles at Shaw’s Corner www.nationaltrust.org.uk/shawscorner
Shaw's Corner firstname.lastname@example.org 01438 820307
Garden Tour 3 choose from G Myddelton House Gardens G Capel Manor Gardens G Butterfly World Combine two of these fabulous gardens, with lunch or afternoon tea for a full day out.
Myddelton House Gardens - delve into the enchanting six acres of Myddelton House Gardens and discover the compelling story of one of Britain’s most famous self-taught gardener, artist and botanist – Edward Augustus Bowles. He lived in Myddelton House for much of his life and the impressive range of flora and fauna are a tribute to him. The gardens are home to a carp lake, a Victorian Conservatory and other historical artefacts. There is a new Visitor Centre, Tea Room and the newly restored Kitchen Garden. Postcode: EN2 9HG. Approx tour time: 1 to 2 hours.
Capel Manor Gardens - This beautiful 30 acre estate, first established in the late 13th century, provides a colourful and scented oasis surrounding a Georgian Manor House and Victorian Stables. You can explore over 60 gardens and landscapes including the Japanese garden, the Italianate Maze, Chelsea Award Winner Le Jardin de Vincent, the recently completed Old Manor House Garden and many more. Capel Manor hosts many events throughout the year. Postcode: EN1 4RQ. Approx tour time: 2 to 3 hours.
Butterfly World - This £27 million project is a tribute to the butterfly and a dedicated centre of learning for the preservation of this fragile and beautiful species. Patrons include Sir David Attenborough and Professor Dr David Bellamy. The site is created in the shape of a butterfly’s head and comprises an array of different gardens from ‘The Theatre of Insects’ to ‘Through the Flowerpot Garden’ The 20 acres of wildflower meadows are a kaleidoscope of colour and provide a wonderful nectar transfusion for the butterflies and insects. Don’t miss the Nectar House Café and the shop and plant boutique. The education focus includes the Butterfly Breeding House, the Insect Study Centre and the exciting natural children’s play area. Postcode: AL2 3NY. Approx tour time: 3 to 3.5 hours. Myddelton House Gardens www.leevalleypark.org.uk 08546 770 600 Capel Manor Gardens www.capelmanorgardens.co.uk 08546 122 122 Butterfly World www.butterflyworldproject.com 01727 869203
Prehistoric to Celtic Charm Tour choose from G Knebworth House, Start point Knebworth House, Knebworth SG1 2AX Duration Full day Estimated mileage of tour from start to finish 11 miles
Gardens & Park
G Celtic Harmony Camp, Brickendon
Knebworth Dinosaur Park - The Trail comprises of 72 life size models. You can discover and learn about how dinosaurs really lived. Postcode: SG1 2AX. Approx tour time: 3 hours. Directions to Celtic Harmony: Leave Knebworth and go South on A1. Leave at Hatfield onto A414 towards Hertford. Take B158 to Essendon. Turn left at T junction towards Hertford on Lower Hatfield Road. Continue to the outskirts of Hertford under railway bridge. Then turn right to Brickendon on Brickendon Lane. Celtic Harmony Camp is signposted on the left just as you enter Brickendon. Celtic Harmony - For the second part of your day, visit Celtic Harmony Camp for a hands on experience. You can spend the day with archers, storytellers and woodsmen as you explore the roundhouses in the beautiful woodland location of this Iron Age Settlement. Celtic Harmony has an extensive school programme and regular longbow archery courses, the camp is open to visitors for special events including the three main Celtic Fire Festivals. Post code: SG13 8NY. Approx tour time: 3 hours. Knebworth House, Gardens & Park www.knebworthhouse.com 01438 812661
EVENTS MAY • Beltane Spring Festival Celtic Harmony Camp www.celticharmony.org
OCTOBER • Pumpkin Trail & Treats Knebworth House www.knebworthhouse.com
JULY • Celtic Games www.celticharmony.org
• Samhain Winter Festival Celtic Harmony Camp www.celticharmony.org
AUGUST • Knebworth Carvings www.knebworthhouse.com
Celtic Harmony www.celticharmony.org 01438 718543
Industrial Heritage & Water Power choose from G Frogmore Paper Mill & Visitor Centre, Hemel Hempstead G Mill Green Museum & Mill, Hatfield G Redbournbury Watermill, St Albans
Start point Fourdrinier Way, Apsley Hemel Hempstead HP3 9RY Duration Full day Estimated mileage of tour from start to finish 16.5 miles
Frogmore Paper Mill - – site of the world’s first mechanised paper machine – offers a unique ‘hands-on’ visitor experience where you can make and take home your own piece of paper, learn about the art of printing, as well as the unique opportunity of seeing paper being made commercially by hand and on a paper machine over 100 years old. Enjoy a guided tour, exhibitions about the history of paper, papermaking and printing, enjoy light refreshments in the café and, of course, visit the paper mill shop for your crafting needs. Special events, art and craft sessions and children’s activities are held throughout the year. Postcode: HP3 9RY. Approximate tour time: 2 – 3 hours. Directions to Redbournbury Watermill From Fourdrinier Way turn right up Durrant's Hill Road. Turn left at traffic lights onto Lawn Lane and carry onto Magic Roundabout. Turn right onto A414 heading towards the M1. Go straight across next three roundabouts but turn left at the last roundabout (just before the M1) into Green Lane. Go straight across next roundabout then turn right at the following roundabout into Hogg End Lane. At the end of Hogg End Lane turn left onto A5183 and take the second right onto Redbournbury Lane.
Redbournbury Mill - is a fully restored 18th century working watermill, producing stone ground organic flour. It has an Artisan Bakery attached to the mill. Refreshments can be arranged for groups, advance booking is essential. Postcode AL3 6RS. Approx our time 1.5 hours Direction to Mill Green Museum & Mill From Redbournbury Lane turn left onto the A5183 towards St Albans. Take the fifth left turning onto the A4147, Folly Lane, towards Hatfield. Go straight across the junction with the A1081 onto the A1057, Hatfield Road following this until it joins the A1001 at Hatfield. Turn left onto the A1001 following this to the next roundabout where you turn right then left keeping on the A1001. Turn right at the next major roundabout onto the A414 towards Hertford. Keep left at the next roundabout then take the first exit on the left, turning left at the end of the slip-road onto the A1000. Take the first turn on the right into Mill Green Lane and at the end turn right onto Bush Hall Lane.
Industrial Heritage & Water Power choose from G Frogmore Paper Mill & Visitor Centre, Hemel Hempstead G Mill Green Museum & Mill, Hatfield G Redbournbury Watermill, St Albans Mill Green Museum & Mill - The museum is housed in an old Mill House dating back to the sixteenth century. It has three small exhibition galleries and is set in a beautiful garden. Next to the Museum is a restored 18th century flour mill. This working mill is powered by the River Lea and produces organic flour. They mill on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10am to 4.30pm. Craft demonstrations, events and children's activities are held throughout the year. You can also try home made Mill Green scones with summer Sunday's cream teas. Postcode: AL9 5PD. Approx tour time: 1.5 hours
Frogmore Paper Mill & Visitor Centre www.thepapertrail.org.uk 01442 234600 Redbournbury Watermill www.redbournmill.co.uk 01582 792874 Mill Green Museum & Mill www.welhat.gov.uk 01707 271362
JUNE • St Albans Festival www.stalbans.gov.uk JULY • Harpenden Highland Gathering www.harpenden-lions.co.uk SEPTEMBER • Heritage Open Weekend www.heritageopendays.org
Pilgrim Tour choose from G Rickmansworth G St Albans Cathedral G Hertford
Start point Rickmansworth Postcode: WD3 1HP Duration Full day Estimated mileage of tour from start to finish 25 miles
Rickmansworth - Rickmansworth was once the home of William Penn, the famous Quaker statesman who lived in Basing House from 1672. He founded the state of Pennsylvania USA. Why not visit the Batchworth Lock and the Grand Union Canal, which dates back to the 1790's. It was vital to the town’s prosperity, importing and exporting goods to be sold. Approx tour time: 1 1/2 hours. Directions to St Albans Cathedral: Leave Rickmansworth and merge onto M25 via the slip road north signposted Watford M1/A1. Take the A405 exit, signposted St Albans. At the next roundabout take the 1st exit onto north orbital. Go through the next 2 roundabouts. Take 2nd exit onto A5183. Enter next roundabout and take 1st exit onto Holywell Hill. St Albans Cathedral - Visit the magnificent St Albans Cathedral, built on the execution site of St Alban, Britain's first Christian Martyr. Postcode: AL1 1BY. Approx tour time: 1 1/2 hours. Directions to Hertford: At traffic signal turn left signposted London onto A1081. At London Colney roundabout take 1st exit onto A414. At roundabout follow A1(M) signposted the north. Leave A1(M) at junction 4 onto A414 continue until A119 signposted Hertford. Hertford - the county town of Hertford has the oldest purpose built Quaker meeting house in the world, once visited by William Penn who established Pennsylvania. Another Hertford man with American connections was the Reverend Samuel Stone, who later sailed to America and co-founded Hartford, Connecticut. Hertford is home to many independent shops, cafes and tea rooms. Postcode: SG14 1YY. Approx tour time: 2 hours. Rickmansworth Information Point 01923 776611 St Albans Cathedral www.stalbanscathedral.org 01727 860780 email@example.com
Hertford Tourist Information Centre www.hertford.gov.uk 01992 584322
EVENTS MAY • Rickmansworth Canal Festival www.rwt.org.uk
SEPTEMBER • St Albans Big Monopoly Game www.stalbans.gov.uk
JUNE • St Albans Festival Pilgrimage Various dates; a celebration of arts & culture www.stalbanscathedral.org
NOVEMBER • St Albans Firework Spectacular www.stalbans.gov.uk
Roman Tour choose from G Verulamium, St Albans G Devil's Dyke, Wheathampstead
Start point St Albans AL3 4SW Duration Full day Estimated mileage of tour from start to finish 11 miles
G Welwyn Roman Baths
Verulamium - Visit the Verulamium Museum, a museum of every day life in Roman Britain, which features mosaics and recreated rooms. Within a short walk is the Roman Theatre, the best preserved example in Britain. Follow this with a visit to St Albans Abbey, home to the shrine of St Alban. Directions to Devil Dyke: Take the B651 north to Wheathampstead. Situated in Dyke Lane, on the south-east side of Wheathampstead. Devil's Dyke - an earthworks ditch dug in pre roman times and claims to be the site where Caesar defeated Cassivellaunus. Postcode: AL4 8XX. Approx tour time: 1 hour. Directions to Welwyn Roman Baths: From B653 signposted Stanborough, turn left under the A1(M). Take next left and follow onto B197 Welwyn. Postcode: AL6 9FG. Approx tour time: 1 hour Welwyn Roman Baths - Welwyn Roman Baths is a 3rd century Roman bathing suite, the one surviving feature of a Roman villa, which is under the A1[M].
Welwyn Roman Baths www.welhat.gov.uk/museum 01707 271362
EVENTS • Verulamium Museum has many interesting exhibitions and talks throughout the year. Check website for details: www.stalbansmuseums.org.uk • Welwyn Roman Baths has activities for children most school holidays. Check website for details: www.welhat.gov.uk 01707 271362
JULY • Harpenden Highland Gathering www.harpenden-lions.co.uk SEPTEMBER • Heritage Open Weekend www.heritageopendays.org.uk
St Albans Tourist Information Centre www.stalbans.gov.uk 01727 864511
Tudor Tour choose from G Hatfield House, Park & Gardens
G Knebworth House Gardens & Park
Start point Hatfield House AL9 5NQ Duration Full day Estimated mileage of tour from start to finish 12 miles Hatfield House, Park & Gardens - Follow in the footsteps of Elizabeth I. Hatfield House is most associated with Elizabeth I who spent much of her childhood there in the company of her brother, Edward. The Stable Yard offers a selection of gifts including nostalgic toys, bric a brac and retro sweets. Postcode: AL9 5NQ. Approx tour time: 3 hours. Directions to Knebworth House, Park & Gardens: Take the 3rd exit north onto A1000 Great North road signposted Welwyn Garden City, then A414 signposted St Albans. Continue on A414 until A1(M) signposted the north, Stevenage. Leave the A1 (M) at junction 7 and follow the signs for Knebworth House. Knebworth House, Gardens & Park - Close by is Knebworth House, its Victorian exterior hides from view a red brick house dating back to Tudor times. Queen Elizabeth 1 stayed at the house for four days during her Royal Progress in 1571. Postcode: SG1 2AX. Approx tour time: 3 hours.
Hatfield House, Park & Gardens www.hatfield-house.co.uk 01707 287010
Knebworth House, Gardens & Park www.knebworthhouse.com 01438 812661
EVENTS APRIL • Medieval Jousting Knebworth Park www.knebworthhouse.com MAY • Living Crafts Hatfield House www.livingcrafts.co.uk JULY • Battle Proms Hatfield House www.hatfield-house.co.uk
• Folk by the Oak Hatfield House www.hatfield-house.co.uk AUGUST • Knebworth Country Show www.knebworthhouse.com AUGUST/SEPTEMBER • Craft & Design Show www.knebworthhouse.com
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Watford Sporting Day Out choose from G Watford Football Club G Harlequin Shopping Centre
G Central Leisure Centre G Top Golf
Start point Watford Football Stadium, Vicarage Road WD18 0EP Duration Full day Estimated mileage of tour from start to finish 5 miles
Watch an exciting game at the Vicarage Road Stadium, home of Watford Football Club Visit www.watfordfc.com or call Watford Football Club on 0845 442 1881 for fixtures, ticketing and parking details. Vehicle drop off point is outside the ground.
Mix and match these other opportunities to fit around the match or even stay over night at one of Watford’s many hotels: Shopping and Lunch at the Harlequin Centre Watford – The Harlequin Shopping Centre is Hertfordshire’s premier shopping destination with over 140 stores and restaurants including John Lewis, Phase Eight, Zara, Lakeland and many more. Its fantastic range of fashion and home stores means you’re bound to find something to tempt you into treating yourself! Postcode: WD17 2UB. Approx tour time: 2-3 hours. Central Leisure Centre – A state of the art, environmentally friendly facilities including: a six lane 25 metre swimming pool, 60 station fitness suite, climbing wall. Half price swimming available for pre-booked coach parties Postcode: WD17 3HA. Approx tour time: 2 hours. TopGolf – A golf driving range with a difference! It is a revolutionary sports entertainment complex combining games with great food and an environment you can enjoy year-round with friends and family of all skill levels. Coach parking available on site. Postcode: WD24 7AB. Approx tour time: 2 hours Harlequin Centre www.theharlequin.uk.com Contact the Marketing Team on 01923 250292 Central Leisure www.watford.gov.uk Contact Adam East, Operations Manager on 01923 296750 TopGolf www.topgolf.co.uk Contact events team on 01923 237996
Watford Treasures choose from G Cheslyn House & Gardens G Cassiobury Park Start point Cheslyn House and Gardens WD17 4SL Duration Full day Estimated mileage of tour from start to finish 3 miles
Cassiobury Park & Cheslyn House and Gardens www.watford.gov.uk Contact the Parks Department on 01923 226400 Harlequin Shopping Centre www.theharlequin.uk.com Contact the Marketing Team on 01923 250292
Watford Palace Theatre www.watfordtheatre.co.uk Contact: 01923 225671 Watford Colosseum www.watfordcolosseum.co.uk Contact: 0845 075 3993
G Watford Palace Theatre
Pick and mix from this selection to explore Watford’s Treasures: Cheslyn House and Gardens - 3.5 acres of gardens, which include: a pond, rock garden, large herbaceous borders and an aviary. Woodland areas provide habitats for a variety of wildlife. Guided walks around the House and Gardens by prior appointment. Free & open all year around. Postcode: WD17 4SL. Approx tour time: 1 hour Cassiobury Park - This 190 acre green oasis is a haven for wildlife and an area of outstanding natural beauty. Home to the Grand Union Canal and the River Gade. It is a glorious place to come for a towpath stroll, a spot of fishing, or a picnic. It has two play areas, an under 14s paddling pool, and the popular miniature railway. Postcode: WD18 7LH. Approx tour time: 2 hours Harlequin Shopping Centre - The Harlequin Shopping Centre is Hertfordshire’s premier shopping destination with over 140 stores and restaurants including John Lewis, Phase Eight, Zara, Lakeland and many more. Its fantastic range of fashion and home stores means you’re bound to find something to tempt you into treating yourself! Postcode: WD17 2UB. Approx tour time: 2 hours Watford Palace Theatre - One of the most elegant Edwardian, Grade II listed theatres in Britain. Enjoy the latest production or just relax in the Café Purple. You may just catch a West End Show before it hits London. Postcode: WD17 1JZ. Approx tour time: 2-3hrs. Watford Colosseum reopened after a £5.5 m refurbishment. Great café and restaurant with popular musical and comedy acts on stage. Postcode: WD17 3JN. Approx tour time: 2-3 hrs.
G Harlequin Shopping
Waterways & Wildlife Tour 1 choose from G Paradise Wildlife Park, Near Broxbourne
G Lee Valley Boat Centre G Lee Valley Park,
Start point White Stubbs Lane, Broxbourne EN10 7QA Duration Full day Estimated mileage of tour from start to finish 3 miles Paradise Wildlife Park - Paradise Wildlife Park, Britain's friendliest zoo, has much to offer from monkeys to big cats galore. The park has tigers and lions, adventure playgrounds, crazy golf and shows. It is also host to the small but fascinating National Speedway Museum. Postcode: EN10 7QA. Approx tour time: 4 hours. Directions to Lee Valley Boat Centre: Turn left onto White Stubbs Lane, entering Hoddesdon. Turn right onto Bell Lane. At roundabout take 1st exit sign posted A1170. At traffic lights turn right onto Station Road signposted B194 Nazeing. Turn right onto Old Nazeing Road. Lee Valley Boat Centre - Based at Broxbourne, the Boat Centre is on the River Lee and is within easy reach of the M25. The base is ideally located for exploring the scenic delights of the Lee Valley Park including the farm and countryside. Book a cruise down the river and enjoy a cream tea while looking out for that elusive kingfisher. Postcode: EN10 6LX. Approx tour time: 3 hours including visiting the park. Lee Valley Park - The White Water Canoe Centre is the only brand new London 2012 Games venue that you can use before the Games. Have a go at white water rafting before the Olympians arrive! This is a thrilling adrenalin pumping activity. Even if you have never paddled before white water rafting and canoeing here will give you a thrilling experience. Experienced qualified staff will ensure your safety and it is perfect for team building, corporate outings, youth and school groups and any other kind of party. Postcode: EN9 1AB. Approx tour time 2-3hrs Paradise Wildlife Park www.pwpark.com 01992 470490 Lee Valley Boat Centre www.leevalleyboats.co.uk 01992 462085 Lee Valley White Centre www.gowhitewater.co.uk
Please check opening times as the White Water Centre will be closed to accommodate the 2012 Games.
Waterways & Wildlife Tour 2 choose from G RSPB Rye Meads, Start point Rye Road, Stanstead Abbotts SG12 8JS Duration Full day Estimated mileage of tour from start to finish 4 miles
G Lee Valley Boat Centre, Broxbourne
RSPB Rye Meads - Start your day with a visit to RSPB Rye Meads Nature Reserve. This reserve has a wide range of wetland habitats, reed beds, open water and meadows to attract many birds. Postcode: SG12 8JS. Approx tour time: 2 hours. Directions to Lee Valley Boat Centre: Follow Rye Road into Hoddeson, turn left onto Stanstead Road. At the roundabout take 2nd exit onto A1170 then at next roundabout take 2nd exit onto Charlton way and then 1st exit at the next roundabout. At traffic lights turn right onto Station Road signposted B194 Nazeing. Turn right onto Old Nazeing Road. Lee Valley Boat Centre - The Centre is in the heart of miles of attractive river cruising and a perfect place to combine your boating with bird watching, walking, cycling and angling. Boats available for hire include: rowing boats; electric boats; canoe; pedlos and other passenger vessels. Postcode: EN10 6LZ. Approx tour time: 2 hours RSPB Rye Meads www.rspb.org.uk 01992 708383
EVENTS APRIL • St George’s Day Festival Cheshunt www.broxbourne.gov.uk MAY • Tring Canal Festival www.tringcanalfestival.org.uk • Rickmansworth Canal Festival www.rwt.org.uk
JUNE • One Month & Counting Cultural Celebration for the 2012 Games Waltham Cross Town Centre www.broxbourne.gov.uk JULY • OFEST Paradise Wildlife Park www.pwpark.com • Cat Night Paradise Wildlife Park www.pwpark.com
Lee Valley Boat Centre www.leevalleyboats.co.uk 01992 462085
Weird & Wonderful Tour 1 choose from G Natural History Museum at Tring G Redbournbury Watermill, nr St Albans
Start point Natural History Museum at Tring HP23 6AP Duration Half day Estimated mileage of tour from start to finish 17 miles
Natural History Museum at Tring - Start your day at the Natural History Museum where you will find thousands of weird, wild and wonderful animal and bird specimens on display. The collection was created by Walter Rothschild over a century ago and from 1889 - 1937 he amassed one of the greatest natural history collections assembled by an individual. Postcode: HP23 6AP. Approx tour time: 2 hours. Directions to Redbournbury Watermill: Go west on Surrey Place towards Akeman street. Turn right onto Akeman Street, then turn right onto High Street B4635. Continue to follow B4635. Enter next roundabout and take 2nd exit. Turn left onto A41. Take the A414 slip road toward Hemel Hempstead. Enter next roundabout and take 4th exit onto St Albans road A414. Remain on A414, turn left onto Redbourn Road A5183. This is a narrow lane and is accessible by coaches but there is limited turning space. Redbournbury Watermill - Redbournbury Watermill is a fully restored 18th Century working watermill, producing stone ground organic flour. It has an Artisan Bakery attached to the Mill. Refreshments can be arranged for groups, advance booking essential. Postcode: AL3 6RS. Approx tour time: 1 hour.
Natural History Museum at Tring www.nhm.ac.uk/museum/tring 020 7942 6171 Redbournbury Watermill www.redbournmill.co.uk 01582 792874
EVENTS MAY • National Mills Weekend Redbournbury Mill www.redbournmill.co.uk JUNE • St Albans Festival www.stalbans.gov.uk JULY • Harpenden Highland Gathering www.harpenden-lions.co.uk
Weird & Wonderful Tour 2 choose from Start point St Albans AL1 5PE Duration Full day Estimated mileage of tour from start to finish 36 miles
St Albans Organ Theatre www.stalbansorgantheatre.org.uk 01727 869693/768652 Scott's Grotto www.eastherts.gov.uk/grotto Royston Cave www.roystoncave.co.uk 01763 245484
EVENTS JULY • Ware Festival www.waretowncouncil.gov.uk
DECEMBER • Ware Dickensian Evening www.waretowncouncil.gov.uk
St Albans Organ Theatre - Begin your day with a visit to St Albans Organ Theatre, you will discover and hear a permanent playing collection of mechanical dance organs and theatre pipe organs. Postcode: AL1 5PE. Approx tour time: 2 hours. Directions to Scott’s Grotto: Follow directions to A1081 until London Colney roundabout. At roundabout take 1st exit onto A414 which is signposted Hertford. In Hertford take A119 [Ware Rd] towards Ware. Scotts Road is the road on the right just before you reach Hertford Regional College. Not suitable for coaches so small groups preferred. No parking outside Grotto-drop off only. Scott’s Grotto - Scott's Grotto is a fascinating 18th Century grotto, lined with flints, fossils and shells from all over the world. The grotto also has a summer house and garden. Group visits by appointment only. Maximum number in parties 25. Please visit the website in advance to check access information. Postcode: SG12 9JQ. Approx tour time: 1 -1.5 hours. Directions to Royston Cave: Repeat journey in reverse until A10 north. Follow the A10 to Royston. The Cave is located on Mebourn Street, but it is difficult to drop off there. Please contact the Cave in advance for best places to park and also to check access information and party size. Royston Cave - End your day at Royston Cave, possibly a secret meeting place for Knights Templar, the chalk cave has many medieval carvings and has a magical feel to it. Royston is a typical small market town with a range of independent retailers. Postcode: SG8 7BZ. Approx tour time: 1 hour.
G Organ Theatre, St Albans G Scott’s Grotto, Ware G Royston Cave, Royston
Wildlife to Farmyard Tour choose from G Paradise Wildlife Park, near Broxbourne
G Standalone Farm, Letchworth Garden City
G Hatfield House Park Farm
Start point Paradise Wildlife Park, Broxbourne EN10 7QA Duration Half day Estimated mileage of tour from start to finish 32 miles Paradise Wildlife Park - Paradise Wildlife Park, Britain's friendliest zoo, has much to offer from monkeys to tigers and lions to rides, adventure playgrounds, crazy golf and shows. Postcode: EN10 7QA. Approx tour time: 4 hours. Directions to Standalone Farm: From White Stubbs Lane turn right onto Ashendene Road, left onto Bucks Alley and right onto Robins Nest Hill. Take B158 then B1455, then A414, continue until A1 then A507 towards Stotfold. At the 2nd roundabout take 1st exit onto Stotfold Road and continue towards Letchworth. Standalone Farm - Spend your afternoon at Standalone farm, Letchworth Garden City. See the cattle, pigs, poultry, and shire horses. Watch the milking demonstration. Postcode: SG6 4JN. Approx tour time: 1 1/2 hours. Or
Hatfield House Park Farm - a traditional breeds farm featuring pigs, sheep, goats, chickens, ducks, turkeys and cattle. Enjoy a tractor ride around the perimeter of the 25 acre farm and watch the demonstrations. Get lost in the Maize Maze. Bags of food are available for visitors to feed the animals through the hoppers on the paddock fences. Hatfield House is located just off the A1. Postcode: AL9 5NQ. Approx tour time 1.5 to 2 hours.
Paradise Wildlife Park www.pwpark.com 01992 470490 Standalone Farm www.standalonefarm.com 01462 686775 Hatfield House Park Farm www.hatfield-house.co.uk 01707 287010
EVENTS MAY â€˘ Hertfordshire County Show www.hertsshow.com
AUGUST â€˘ Hatfield House Country Show www.hatfield-house.co.uk
Wings & Wheels choose from G The de Havilland Aircraft Heritage Centre G St Albans Signal Box
Start point London Colney AL2 1BU Duration Full Day Estimated mileage of tour from start to finish 18 miles
De Havilland Aircraft Heritage Centre www.dehavillandmuseum.co.uk 01727 826400 St Albans South Signal Box www.sigbox.co.uk Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org National Speedway Museum www.speedwaymuseum.co.uk Contact: email@example.com 01992 470490
De Havilland Aircraft Heritage Centre - One of the key names in pioneering aviation is Geoffrey de Havilland. For decades, he ran his world famous aeroplane complex at Hatfield, designing a range of machines with magical names and reputations to match. De Havilland's legacy is recalled at the Heritage Centre at Salisbury Hall, where the Mosquito prototype was designed during the last war. The museum run by volunteers, includes several versions of the Vampire, as well as the Sea Venom, Sea Vixen, Tiger Moth and the last surviving square window from the Comet. Many of the exhibits have required extensive restoration work which has been carried out by expert enthusiasts. Postcode: AL2 1BU. Approx tour time: 2hrs St Albans South Signal Box - Saved by a band of dedicated volunteers the St Albans South Signal Box is a real gem. Built in 1892, constructed entirely of wood, the signal box is a model 2a and contains a 1906 Midland Railway tumbler interlocking lever frame. Suitable for smaller groups, you can see signalling demonstrations and you can have a cup of tea in the signal box garden in the summer. Groups must be pre booked. Postcode: AL13 AJ. Approx tour time: 1- 1.5hrs Speedway Museum at Paradise Wildlife Park - this small museum shows the guts and the glory of speedway. It charts the history of speedway's early pioneers to modern day heroes. Watch films and experience the thrill of speedway, see World Championship bikes and colourful displays of race jackets. Admission to the National Speedway Museum is included in the entry to Paradise Wildlife Park. Postcode: EN10 7QA. Approx tour time including Paradise Wildlife Park: 4hrs [Museum approx 45mins]
G National Speedway
Blue Badge Tours in St Albans St Albans City Walks City Walks start outside the Old Town Hall in Market Place, St Albans and take from an hour to an hour and a half. Tickets should preferably be obtained in advance from the Tourist Information Centre inside the Old Town Hall, but may also be purchased from the Guide on duty. If you are planning to bring a group to St Albans and would like to include a walk as part of your trip it is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment. Contact the Tourist Information Centre on 01727 864511, they will be very pleased to help you.
A Round with Sam Ryder Walk the course of Samuel Ryder's life. In a journey tracing the remarkable events of one of St Albans most prominent citizens, we walk the length of a golf course. His passion; we sow the seeds of respect for his entrepreneurial flair. His business; we look into his commitment to civic duty…his politics. Then after 18 holes, we finally understand and know the man. A family man, a caring employer, a churchman, a Mayor and yes - the man behind the Ryder Cup. Tickets must be pre-booked and can be obtained from the Tourist Information Centre.
Aristocrats, Paupers and Philanthropists This enjoyable stroll round the St. Peter's area features the great and the (sometimes!) good of St Albans and the various buildings and charitable institutions they generously gave to the city. Their stories are all quite fascinating - but then some were among the most powerful people in the Kingdom! Beating the Bounds The ancient ceremony of Beating the Bounds will be re-enacted on Sunday May 9th starting from Kingsbury Mill in St Michael’s at 2pm. Led by the Mayor the procession follows the 1327 town boundary – a distance of just over 4 miles that takes about 2 1/2 hours to complete including “bumping” various dignitaries on the way! Crime and Punishment Local crimes ranged from murder in the Cathedral to theft worth two pence, and the punishments were often disproportionately harsh. This walk will take in the 1831 Courtroom, the two buildings that were prisons in times past and point out the site of such niceties as the stocks and the pillory. Not to be missed for the stout-hearted!
Blue Badge Tours in St Albans From Fishpool Street to St Michaels A one thousand year old route that follows George Street, Romeland and Fishpool Street to picturesque St Michael's Village, with its elegant houses, Saxon Church and the superb Verulamium Museum. It is quite a challenge to guess the ages of the houses in fascinating Fishpool Street - join the guide and see for yourselves! Ghostly Goings-on This is an extremely popular and atmospheric walk that introduces some of the ghosts of St Albans and relates their sad stories. We can't guarantee whom you might see - only where you might find them, for they do exist! This walk is not suitable for very young children. Historic Walk Covering 1200 years in about 90 minutes, this excellent walk gives an overview of the most important people, buildings and events in St Albans from the Monastic to the modern. Monks, Mysteries and Mischief Monks were an incredibly diversified and talented band of brothers theirs was a powerful, self-sufficient community on whom many others depended, but occasionally human failings and weakness would creep in. To find out more, join us on a visit to their world.
The War of the Roses Although two battles were fought in St Albans in this dynastic struggle between the houses of Lancaster and York, this walk concentrates on the first one, which took place in and around the marketplace. Hear about the reasons why, the personalities involved and the outcome. Thereâ€™s even a Shakespearean connection! Come and join the battle â€“ no armour needed!
The Street War Memorials The ten street war memorials within the Abbey Parish are unique in the U.K. and are the focus of a profoundly moving walk. Hear the stories behind a few of the 110 names of those who died, from the poor to the privileged, but all from one small area. This walk is always on the nearest Sunday to November 11th as well as on the 11th itself. Ticket sales will be donated to The Royal British Legion.
Blue Badge Tours in St Albans Town, Crown and Cloister St Albans Abbey was founded by one king and destroyed by another nearly 750 years later, and many monarchs have meddled in the middle! The sometimes uneasy relationship between the crown, the town and the abbey features on this free walk for Heritage Open Weekend and it is a combined venture between the City and Cathedral Guides to link the inside and outside of the Abbey Church with the town. Tudor St Albans The Tudor kings and queens played an important part in the history of St Albans. One king closed the monastery which had been the reason for the town's existence, a queen ordered the burning of a Protestant martyr in Romeland and another queen visited the town frequently to stay with a favourite minister. Find out more about the Tudor connection by taking this new walk.
Victorian St Albans A walk that takes us from the medieval to the age of steam, the railway, factories and even the pioneering days of cinema (hear about the first ever film advertisement!). This was the age of massive expansion for the town, including a new prison whose front entrance will be recognisable to all fans of â€˜Porridgeâ€™.
Other Guided Walks The Blue Badge team also offer guided walks in nearby Harpenden, Redbourn and Wheathampstead. For more details about these walks contact St Albans Tourist Information Centre on 01727 864511.
Guided Walks in Roman Verulamium The Roman Theatre This is one of the finest examples of a Roman Theatre in Britain. Also within the site are the remains of a 3rd century townhouse, with an underground shrine as well as a parade of shops facing onto Watling Street. Guides are present on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays from April 3 to October 31 between 2:30pm and 4:30pm. Talks on Roman Britain We give short illustrated talks on topics concerned with Verulamium and the Roman world in the Lecture Room at Verulamium Museum at 3:00pm on either Saturdays or Sundays. An entrance fee is payable at the Museum for visitors from outside the St Albans District Council area. Our talks are free.
Verulamium in a Nutshell This walk combines the Roman Theatre with Verulamium Park and its hidden Roman Town. The walk is free for Heritage Open Weekend. However, there is a charge (party rate) for the Roman Theatre for walks on other dates. Meet outside the Verulamium Museum.
A permanent playing exhibition of mechanical musical instruments. Organs by DECAP, BURSENS and MORTIER. MILLS Violano Virtuoso. Reproducing pianos by STEINWAY, WEBER and MARSHALL & WENDELL. Musical boxes. WURLITZER and RUTT theatre organs. OPEN 2ND & 4TH SUNDAY of the month throughout the year. 2.00pm to 4.30pm. Admission £5.00, Child £2.50, Family £12.00 & Concession £4.00. Group visits by arrangement. Light refreshments. Souvenirs. Shop.
320 Camp Road Tel: (01727) 869693 (Answering machine) www.stalbansorgantheatre.org.uk A registered Charitable Trust Number 276072
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Here is a list of some of our regular markets. Other specialist markets, such as French or Craft Markets, take place throughout the year. Check with your local Tourist Information Centre for more information.
You are advised to book coach parking in advance of your visit. Many of our attractions do have coach parking facilities, so do discuss this with them when booking your visit.
Baldock The Twitchell Car Park, off High Street, via Simpson Drive. Set down / pick up point: High Street www.north-herts.gov.uk Berkhamsted Set down/pick up point: High Street (beside the Tesco supermarket) www.dacorum.gov.uk Bishopâ€™s Stortford BSFC Parking. Football Club, Dunmow Road, Bishop's Stortford, CM23 5GZ Tel: 01279 306080 Rye Street (Garage Paddocks) By prior arrangement, telephone the Property Section at East Hertfordshire District Council. Tel: 01279 655261 www.eastherts.gov.uk Hatfield Both by prior arrangement: Meteor Parking Ltd, The Galleria, Comet Way, Hatfield, AL10 0XR Tel: 01707 263703. Parkhouse Bus Station. Tel: 0300 123 4050 Hemel Hempstead Set down/pick up point: Bus station, Waterhouse Street, by prior arrangement with Arriva. Tel: 01442 389084 www.arrivabus.co.uk Hertford Set down/pick up point: The Wash, opposite Castle Hall. www.eastherts.gov.uk Hitchin Set down/pick up point: St Marys Square, Queen Street. Parking: Woodside Car Park, off Walsworth Road. www.north-herts.gov.uk Letchworth Set down/pick up point: Broadway (outside Post Office); Parking: Gernon Road layby. www.north-herts.gov.uk Royston Set down/pick up point: King James Way (off Melbourn Road). www.north-herts.gov.uk St Albans Set down/pick up point: Outside the Old Town Hall on St Peter's Street, AL3 5DJ, 20 mins stay only. Parking: Westminster Lodge, Holywell Hill, St Albans. AL1 2DL For further Information: Contact The Parking Shop, Drovers Way multistorey Car Park, Drovers Way, St Albans, AL3 5EB Tel: 0845 6017803 www.stalbans.gov.uk Stevenage Set down/pick up point: Danestrete Layby, Stop K (outside Matalan). Coach weekend and overnight parking can be found on Argyle Way, SG1 2AD, off Gunnels Wood Road - within close walking distance of the Leisure Park, Station and Town Centre. www.stevenage.gov.uk Tring Set down/pick up point: High Street (beside the Rose and Crown Hotel) www.dacorum.gov.uk Ware Wodson Park Leisure Centre, Wadesmill Road, Ware SG12 0UQ Set down/pick up point: High Street (outside the Library). Tel: 01920 487091 Watford Set down / pick up point and parking: Lay by in Rosslyn Road (opposite Town Hall). Also you can park at Watford Colosseum by prior arrangement. www.watford.gov.uk Welwyn Garden City Set down / pick up point is the bus stop in the Campus outside John Lewis. Parking by prior arrangement at: Meteor Parking Ltd, The Galleria, Comet Way, Hatfield, AL10 0XR Tel: 01707 263703. Parkhouse Bus Station. Tel: 0300 123 4050
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Group visits are welcomed at the British Schools Museum in Hitchin on a date and time to suit your organisation.
THE HISTORY OF ELEMENTARY EDUCATION COMES ALIVE AT THE BRITISH SCHOOLS MUSEUM! We offer a guided tour of the historic classrooms including our unique Lancasterian Schoolroom (1837) and a visit to the Headmasterâ€™s house. Experience a Victorian school lesson or alternatively opt for a talk on how elementary education developed from 1810 on the site. Tea/coffee and biscuits are included in the price.
For more information or to arrange a visit
call 01462 429240 or email firstname.lastname@example.org British Schools Museum, 41/42 Queen Street, Hitchin SG4 9TS
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Hertfordshire boasts dozens of museums, large and small, which unlock the rich and fascinating heritage of the county from prehistoric times to the present day. Unlock the past - Visit a Museum To discover what your museum has to offer visit the Herts Museums website www.hertsmuseums.org.uk
Tourist Information For more information about places to visit, accommodation, events, restaurants, pubs and much, much more, a visit or a telephone call to one of our Tourist Information Centres will provide you with the answers. Trained, professional staff will help you get the most from your visit.
i D7 Bishopâ€™s Stortford Tourist Information Centre 2 Market Square, CM23 3UU Tel: 01279 655831 Email: email@example.com www.bishopsstortford.org i C5 Hertford Tourist Information Centre 10 Market Place, SG14 1DG Tel: 01992 584322 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.hertford.gov.uk i E4/5 Letchworth Garden City Tourist Information Centre 33/35 Station Road, SG6 3BB Tel: 01462 487868 Email: email@example.com www.letchworthgc.com i C3/4 St Albans Tourist Information Centre Town Hall, Market Place, AL3 5DJ Tel: 01727 864511 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.stalbans.gov.uk You will also find tourist information at the following places:
i C2 Berkhamsted Library King's Road. Tel: 01438 737333 i E6 Buntingford Tourist Information Point The Manor House, High Street. Tel: 01763 272222 Email: email@example.com i B6 Cheshunt Library Windmill Lane. Tel: 01992 785592 i B5/6 Goffs Oak Library Goffs Lane. Tel: 01992 785592 i C/D3 Harpenden Tourist Information Point Town Hall, Leyton Road. Tel: 01582 768278
i E4/5 Baldock Library Simpson Drive. Tel: 01438 737333
Tourist Information i C2/3 Hemel Hempstead Tourist Information Point Civic Centre, Marlowes. Tel: 01442 234222 www.dacorum.gov.uk i B4 Hertsmere Tourist Information Point Borough Council Offices, Elstree Way, Borehamwood. Tel: 0208 207 2277 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.hertsmere.gov.uk i E4 Hitchin Town Centre Initiative 27 Churchyard. Tel: 01462 453335 Email: email@example.com i E4 Hitchin Library Paynes Park. Tel: 01438 737333 i C6 Hoddesdon One Stop Shop 42 Tower Centre. Tel: 01992 785592 i A/B2 Rickmansworth Information Point 3 Rivers House, Northway. Tel: 01923 776611 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org i F6 Royston Library Market Hill. Tel: 01438 737333 i D/E4/5 Stevenage Central Library Southgate. Tel: 01438 737333 i C1 Tring Tourist Information Point 99 Akeman Street. Tel: 01442 823347 Email: email@example.com
i B6 Waltham Cross One Stop Shop 123 High Street. Tel: 01992 785592
i D6 Ware Tourist Information Point The Priory Lodge, High Street. Tel: 01920 487848 i B3 Watford One Stop Shop Town Hall. Tel: 01923 226400
Other Useful Contacts For Tourist Information: www.enjoyhertfordshire.com www.visitbritain.com
To source locally grown produce: www.bigbarn.co.uk
Six reasons to visit
BENINGTON LORDSHIP GARDENS GARDEN
Enjoy Hopleysâ€™ 5 acre display garden free of charge.
Choose from over 1,500 varieties of choice perennials, shrubs, grasses, climbers, trees and rock plants, mostly propagated and grown by us over the last 40 years.
Come and listen or participate in our wide selection of lectures, workshops, sculptures and art exhibitions held in our new long barn.
Have you got a Wavy Spade? Amazing shoes & gloves, local produce and our own Hopleysâ€™ eggs are offered.
Our new tea room with outside seating area is now open with home-made cakes and cream teas served at weekends.
Require help with your garden? We can assist with garden design and planting plans.
Further details from: HOPLEYS PLANTS High St, Much Hadham, Herts, SG10 6BU Tel: 01279 842509 www.hopleys.co.uk Open: 9am-5pm Mon-Sat, 2pm-5pm Sun Closed: Tuesdays
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Enjoy the spectacular display of snowdrops and winter ďŹ‚owering shrubs around the ancient fortiďŹ ed site of Benington Lordship during February. In spring and summer there are bulbs, roses and herbaceous borders to enjoy in the stunning setting which includes a walled vegetable garden, two ponds and beautiful views over surrounding parkland. Admission to the garden is ÂŁ4 (except in Feb and Aug bank holiday) with refreshments available if booked in advance.
Visit our website for more information www.beningtonlordship.co.uk or telephone 01438 869668 to make a booking.
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How To Get Here
Outstanding transport links make Hertfordshire the ideal place to visit. The M1 junction 21, A1(M) Junction 23, A10 Junction 25 and M11 Junction 27 run through the county with links to the M25. Stanstead Airport is situated to the east with Luton Airport on the northern border. There is an extensive network of roads with many idyllic country lanes. Hertfordshire really is something special. Stop and stay a while, experience, discover, explore and relax. Intalink traveline Daily: 0700-2200 Tel: 0871 200 22 33 National Rail Enquiries 24 hours a day, 7 days a week www.nationalrail.co.uk Tel: 08457 48 49 50
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