Guide To Holidaying In Hertfordshire
A guide by Hayley Harp
Hertfordshire is the perfect place to visit if you want a balance between urban and rural life. The south-eastern county is home to many historic towns but is also half designated as Green Belt.
Watford is a busy and modern town, the largest in the county, and well worth a visit. It hosts plenty of shops, a market and places to eat, drink and be entertained.
Other large towns include St Albans, Hitchin and Hertford. St Albans is perhaps the most historic and was the third largest Roman City. Further explore the city's history in either of the two museums and don't forget to take a trip to the cathedral.
Hitchin also has several museums, and the medieval market town has plenty of fine Tudor and Georgian buildings to take a look at, as well as the large medieval parish church just off market square.
Alternatively Hertford, the county town, has the remains of Hertford Castle for you to walk around.
If you want to take in some scenery during your trip the first place to visit should be the Chiltern Hills to the west and northwest of the county, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There are also plenty of country parks and miles upon miles of footpaths and cycle paths. For an interesting way to take in the landscape consider a canal/river cruise or a hot air balloon flight from one of the centres operating around the county.
For thrills by the barrel-load a day out at any of the area's theme parks (Chessington World of Adventures, Legoland Windsor or Thorpe Park) would be well worth it.
It's also worth remembering your close proximity to London while you're here. The county's southern border is just twelve miles from the centre of the capital and surrounding counties include Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and fellow Home Counties Buckinghamshire and Essex.
The main county event is the Herts County Show, which takes place at the end of May. Two days of shows, demonstrations and family entertainment take place at the Herts County Showground, Redbourne.
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