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Hertfordshire Tourist Attractions

Nov 25, 2022
Hatfield House in Hertfordshire
With sweeping valleys, unspoilt stretches of glorious countryside, and an attractive location, Hertfordshire counts among England's most picturesque counties. And it's no wonder why! Whether you fancy exploring Chiltern Hills, want to spend a weekend along the southeastern shores or prefer popping in the capital for the day, you'll be spoilt for choice. 

Below we've shortlisted the best tourist attractions in this part of the East of England, along with information on location and opening times.

Ashridge Estate

Sitting within Chiltern Hills, Ashridge Estate is easily one of Hertfordshire's best visitor attractions. It is located a stone's throw from Berkhamstead and Aldbury, covering 5,000 acres of woodland and lush meadows. The stately house was owned by the Egerton family for three centuries before passing to the National Trust in 1921. Today, you can explore the area on foot, whether you're up for the 17-mile boundary trail or fancy a relaxing stroll around the rolling hills.  

Location: Moneybury Hill, Ringshall, Berkhamsted HP4 1LX

Opening times: The estate is open 24/7; the café, shop and visitor centre are open from 10:00-16:00

Find out more: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ashridge-estate

St Albans

Lying within the London commuter belt, St Albans is a must-see if you're visiting the county. It was the second city to be built in England after the capital, boasting 2,000 years of history and cultural heritage. St Albans Cathedral is the highlight of this charming city, blending Norman, Romanesque and Gothic styles. Other points of interest are:


• Verulamium Park & Museum

• Verulamium Park & Museum

• The Clock Tower

• St Albans Museum & Art Gallery

• St Albans Museum & Art Gallery


Berkhamstead is a pleasant market town in the Bulbourne valley, next door to Chiltern Hills. It was named "the best place to live in the UK" in 2019 by the Sunday Times thanks to its amenities and proximity to the capital. If the sun is shining, Grand Junior Canal's green towpath makes the perfect day outdoors. If you're more interested in the history of this place, other tourist attractions include:


• The 11th-century Norman motte-and-bailey castle

• St Peter's Church

• Canal Fields


Quintessentially British, Aldbury ranks among Hertfordshire's best attractions by some distance. Found within the spectacular Chiltern Hills, this picturesque village has beautiful architecture and plenty of history to unfold. Explore its time-framed buildings, stroll around Ashridge Estate or walk up to the Bridgewater Monument.

The Gorhambury Estate

Found a stone's throw from St Albans, the Gorhambury Estate is an 18th-century Palladian-style mansion. Sir Nicholas built Old Gorhambury during the Elizabethan era. It was later replaced by the Gorhambury Estate after it fell into ruin. Today, you can walk around the magnificent gardens, visit the Roman Theatre and explore Gorhambury Drive. Watch out for some rare wildlife!


Location: St Albans AL3 6AH

Opening times: From Monday to Sunday between 08:00-18:00

Find out more: https://www.gorhamburyestate.co.uk/


Hatfield House

Steeped in over 400 years of history, Hatfield House tops the charts for Hertfordshire's best tourist attractions. It was built by Robert Cecil in 1611 and is one of the finest representations of Jacobean architecture. The estate sits within the Great Park near Hatfield, covering 40 acres. Some of the highlights of the house are:


• The Library

• The Rainbow Portrait

• The Marble Hall


And of the garden and park:


• The West & East Gardens

• The West & East Gardens

• Old Palace Garden

• Woodlands & Deer Park

• Woodlands & Deer Park


Location: Great North Rd., Hatfield AL9 5HX

Opening times: From Thursday to Sunday between 11:00-16:00

Find out more: https://www.hatfield-house.co.uk/


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