What to do in Hertfordshire
Paradise Wildlife Park
Distance: 2.36 miles
Paradise Wildlife Park is the leading animal experience attraction in Europe. Visitors can select an animal experience to really make their day extra special. Choose to feed a big cat, tickle a tapir, meet a meerkat, meet the lemurs, meet the red pandas, feed the penguins, shadow a zookeeper, shadow a monkey keeper and so much more. There are great offers for groups and be sure to book well in advance to avoid disappointment and to schedule into your day the events that also happen throughout the year.
Distance: 4.56 miles
Lord and Lady Salisbury are delighted to welcome you to their home and hope that you enjoy your visit. Hatfield House is the home of the 7th Marquess and Marchioness of Salisbury and their family. The Estate has been in the Cecil family for 400 years and displays superb examples of Jacobean craftsmanship that can be seen throughout the House, such as the Grand Staircase with its fine carving and the rare stained glass window in the private chapel. Displayed throughout the House are many historic mementos collected over the centuries by the Cecil’s, one of England’s foremost political families.
Royal Gunpowder Mills
Distance: 5.18 miles
The Royal Gunpowder Mills in Waltham Abbey is an important heritage site with a remarkable story. This very secret location has been involved in the production and development of explosives and rocket propellants for over 300 years. The site is set in 170 acres of Alder woodland and provides numerous attractions to get children involved in science, such as the eccentric Professor Nitrate and his loyal team of lab-rats in the mad lab, which is filled with curious contraptions, extra-ordinary experiments and mysterious machines.
Distance: 9.66 miles
Also known as The People’s Palace, the 7 acre property is surrounded by grounds that boast a pub & restaurant, ice rink, boating lake, pitch & putt course, 1,500 free parking spaces and much more. Seasonal events such as farmer’s markets and concerts happen often and attract thousands to the site. Managed by the Alexandra Park and Palace Charitable Trust, the 196 acres of parkland surrounding the Palace are open all year round.
Distance: 9.95 miles
The parks and open spaces make up the 6,500 acres of Epping Forest open to cyclists, horse riders and hikers of all ages. With over 650 species of plants, over 80 lakes and ponds the many animals and wildlife living in Epping Forest leave lots to unearth and discover both physically and visually. Explore in style by taking part in one of the guided tours or hire a bicycle to get round and see more.
Distance: 11.32 miles
Set in 250 acres of rolling Hertfordshire countryside, Knebworth House is one of England's most colourful stately homes offering a varied day out for all. Visit the house itself for a wander round the lavish stately rooms and beautiful gardens or take the children along to the Dinosaur Trail where they can discover the 72 life sized dinosaurs hiding in the gardens. There is also the Adventure Playground for you all to let off some steam, where you might also see a deer or two. Also home to many concerts and country shows there is always lots going on all year round.
Warner Bros. Studio Tour London
Distance: 13.45 miles
Warner Bros. Studio Tour London, is a behind the scenes walking tour which immerses guests into the world of Film-making and the story behind the amazing story of Harry Potter and all the magic. The Tour features authentic sets, costumes and props from the film series and showcases the British artistry, technology and talent that went and still goes into producing iconic British movies. Tickets must be purchased in advance online.
Distance: 28.04 miles
Thorpe Park, the roller coaster and thrill seeking theme park home to Nemesis Inferno, Colossus, The Swarm and the first of its kind in the dark, reverse rollercoaster, is located in Chertsey, Surrey, just off junction 11 on M25. For those wanting an adrenaline fuelled day, look no further for over 25 white-knuckle rides all in one park and an experience not to be forgotten. Book in advance for some great ticket offers for groups and families and check out which ride you will head to first.
Distance: 29.72 miles
Legoland Windsor Resort theme park, aimed at 3-12’s, is an inspirational park where the kids are the heroes. It's a family attraction where the fun never stops and with over 55 interactive rides, live shows, building workshops, driving schools and attractions, all set in 150 acres of beautiful parkland, it’s a unique family experience. Prepare for a soaking on the wet and wild water rides, follow a pirate trail that'll leave you wetter than walking the plank or join a Viking fleet where you'll battle sea monsters and rough waters. Little ones will also love making a splash in the fountains at Waterworks and many interactive rides put you, quite literally, in the driving seat.