Tourist Information Centre
The Tourist Information Centre is in the Market House, built in 1900 to commemorate Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee, on the corner of the High Street and Akeman Street in the town centre. The centre provides information, leaflets and guides as well as accommodation and travel literature.
Open: 9.30am-3pm weekdays, 10am-1pm on Saturdays
Tring is in the county of Hertfordshire...just. It sits on Hertfordshire's extreme West side and is bordered, also, by Buckinghamshire and Bedfordshire. Thus much said it is an ideal location for sight seeing around the local areas. It is only 30 miles from London, very convenient for Heathrow, Stanstead and Luton airports so it's a great location in which you can escape the hustle and bustle of city life without going very far at all.
Tring is a small market town with the manor first described in 1086 in the Doomsday survey.
In 1682 the mansion, designed by Christopher Wren was built for Colonel Guy. A later tenant was Laurence Washington (Great Grandfather of George Washington - 1st president of USA). In 19th century it became the family home of the Rothschild family who had a huge impact on the town.
Lionel Walter Rothschild was born in 1868. He was fascinated by nature and as a birthday present, at a young age, he was given a building, which is now the Tring Museum, and thus began his museum collection. This was opened to the public in 1892.
As well as the museum Walter Rothschild kept a fairly unusual collection of animals in the park, including zebras, kangaroos, cassowaries and giant tortoises.
In 1902 Walter introduced the glis-glils (edible dormouse) into the park where they have since become established and are protected.
In death Walter Rothschild donated his museum to the nation and it is now part of the Natural History Museum. The Mansion was sold and is now the Arts Educational School and the Park, all 300 acres, is now cared for by the Woodlnad Trust.