Hertfordshire is such a fabulous county. We are very lucky to live right on the Hertfordshire/Bedfordshire boarder. If you’re in Hertfordshire for a holiday or just passing through, you’ll want to set some time aside to explore some of these great parks, attractions and museums. I love that there’s enough family-friendly things to do without having to leave the county. From seeing behind the scenes of Harry Potter to visiting a spooky cave, you’ll quickly fill your time!
Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter
The Warner Brothers Studio Tour is probably one of the most popular attractions in Hertfordshire. Millions of people flock here every year to see sets from the films, alongside props, costumes and art. Whether you want to explore the Forbidden Forest or try a chocolate frog, it’s a brilliant day out for everyone.
St Albans Cathedral
Pay a visit to this monumental cathedral and explore the spiritual building with a free guided tour. St Albans was named after Britain’s first saint and has a fascinating history. The cathedral itself is breath-taking, and is worth paying a visit to. We love walking the grounds to the Cathedral too, and enjoying a picnic soaking up the scenery.
Natural History Museum
In Tring you can get up close and personal with polar bears, penguins, gorillas and penguins in the UK’s biggest and best collection of stuffed and preserved animals, birds and reptiles. It was once all privately owned by zoologist and Victorian MP, Lionel Walter Rothschild and is now part of the Natural History Museum. Entry is free to this spectacular sight.
Run wild over 190 acres of gorgeous greenery. Cassiobury Park is fun day out for the family with a granite maze, paddling pools, a zip wire and a miniature railway. You can even walk around the Local Nature Reserve and spot the nesting wildlife.
The Pioneer Skatepark
Whatever type of wheels you roll with, the Pioneer Skatepark welcomes them all. You’ll find indoor and outdoor ramps as well as quarter pipes and half pipes. Plus, parents are always encouraged to join in!
Explore the prestigious grounds and buildings of Knebworth House and discover its mysteries. With 250 acres of land to roam around, you’ll find everything from ancient trees and Edwardian gardens to a maze and an adventure playground. There’s even a few Jurassic creatures hidden around…
Lee Valley Boat Centre
There’s no better way to experience the River Lee than floating on top of it. At the Lee Valley Boat Centre you can choose from a range of boats – from electric and rowing boats to pedalos and Canadian canoes.
Paradise Wildlife Park
Visit the only park in the country that’s home to all big five cats: the Paradise Wildlife Park. Whether you want to watch the alligators, investigate the insects or have tea with the tigers, you’ll have a brilliant, educational day out.
The Priory Lido
Since 1934 families have loved splashing around at the Priory Lido. Having since been refurbished, the venue has a beautiful big pool to enjoy throughout the summer.
The Royston Cave ticks every box with spooky stories and interesting artefacts. Ancient drawings cover the cave walls and the adventurers in the family will love discovering what was first found there!
Are there any other hidden gems of Hertfordshire that I haven’t included in this list? Let me know in the comments!
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