Hertford Travel Guide

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Hertford Things to Do

  • Catholic Church of the Immaculate...

    The Roman Catholic Church in St.John's Street was constructed in 1861 and is dedicated to The Immaculate Conception and St.Joseph. The site of the current church once housed Hertford Priory which was founded in 1087 by Sir Ralph De Limesi, a nephew of William the Conqueror but it was destroyed on 9th February 1539 under the Dissolution of the...

  • Bluecoats Christ's Hospital

    Christ's Hospital School came to Hertford in 1694. The current main buildings were built in 1904 and opened by the then Prince Of Wales who later became King Edward V11. In 1985 the school left and the buildings are now offices. The original girl's school, which can be seen from Fore Street, dates from the 18th century. The area where the Tesco...

  • Former Addis Factory

    These buildings housed the Addis toothbrush factory for some 60 years. They were built in 1935 and were designed by Douglas Hamilton in the modern style. The larger building on the other side of the entrance, built in the same style was constructed in 1955. Addis came to the town in 1920 from London, taking over the site of the Hertford Steam...

  • Corn Exchange

    The Corn Exchange was built in 1858 on what was the site of the County Gaol. At one time it was a library.

  • All Saints Church

    The present church at All Saints was completed in 1905, although a church has stood on the site for many hundreds of years, the first vicar having been presented in 1248. The large building we see today was constructed following a huge fire which destroyed the church that stood there previously.

  • Shire Hall

    The Shire Hall was designed by James Adam and built between 1767 and 1769. John Briant's clock was added in 1824.

  • Salisbury Arms Hotel

    Built in 1570, The Salisbury Arms is named after the Salisbury's of Hatfield who own Hertford Castle. Prior to 1800 it was known as The Bell. In the election of 1832 the Hotel was the Tory Headquarters, but the result was declared null and void because of bribery and corruption.

  • Parliament Square

    The Parliament of England temporarily moved to Hertford during the Great Plague of London in 1665. This is why the main square in the town, Parliament Square, is so named, although it is a twentieth century creation. In the middle of the square lies the war memorial for those who died during World War 1 and which features the counties emblem of a...

  • St. Andrew's Church

    The original St. Andrew's Church was of Saxon origin. The present church was consecrated in 1870, replacing a 15th Century building which had fallen into a poor state of repair.

  • St Nicholas Hall

    Formerly known as The Verger's House, this wonderful Tudor building was built around 1450. Cottages which once stood behind the building were demolished in 1892 and replaced by St.Nicholas Hall. The two buildings were not joined however until 1970. The Hall is named after the medieval parish of that name, which was combined with that of St.Andrews...

  • Remains of St Mary The Less Church

    The remains of the Saxon Church of St.Mary The Less were discovered whilst the library was being built, and some of these remains can be seen to the left of the building. The original church was built around 1210 but was destroyed in 1552.

  • Hertford Library

    The Library in Old Cross is a Grade II listed building constructed at the turn of the 20th century. Inside it features a fiction and non-fiction library, information on the town and surrounding area plus internet stations.

  • United Reformed Church

    Just towards the town centre, along Cowbridge, from the Baptist Church, lies the flint United Reformed Church that was built in 1862.

  • Hartham Common

    Hartham Common is located to the north of the town centre with the elevated suburb of Bengeo running along its northern edge. The park is situated in the valley of the River Lea and the River Beane, where the rivers' confluence is, at the eastern edge of the main field. Hartham Common is very sport-orientated, with many different sports being...

  • Baptist Church

    The main Baptist Church in Hertford was built in 1906 at the junction of Cowbridge and Port Hill, to the north-west of the town centre.

  • McMullens Brewery

    The Hertford Brewery of McMullens & Sons was built in Hartham Lane in 1891. The brewery was founded in 1827 in Railway Street and moved first to Mill Bridge in 1832 and then to its current location. However, the main brewery was closed a smaller, modern brewhouse was built on the other side of the road in 1984. The old site has now been sold to...

  • Riverside

    Just north of the town centre where the River Lea runs through the town, you'll find a lovely path called Riverside which, as the name suggests, runs along the river with a pub and some nice 19th century terrace houses. The area to the north of this in between the river and Hartham Common features more small streets of Victorian terrace housing.

  • River Lea

    The River Lea flows through the middle of Hertford via a series of weirs, one of them, known as the Hertford Weir, is quite spectacular. The river originates in Leagrave Park, Leagrave, Luton, Bedfordshire in the Chiltern Hills and flows for 68km (42 miles) until it meets the River Thames in London.


Hertford Hotels

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  • The White Horse

    Hertingfordbury Rd, Hertford, Hertfordshire, SG14 2LB, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Solo

  • Ponsbourne Park Hotel

    With a couple of exceptions staff were rude, unhelpful and unprofessional. The pool was closed in...

  • Hertford House

    1 Fore Street, Hertford, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Families

Hertford Restaurants

  • One of the best.

    Just outside Hertford in the village of Stapleford is the Woodhall Arms pub, including Papillon restaurant. Although it's in a village pub it's a restaurant which would be successful as a stand-alone even in a fashionable area of London.The service is first class, the menu is wide-ranging, the dishes are superb, the wine list is excellent. All the...

  • Chinese, Indian, Western etc

    Hertford is renowned for its large number of restaurants and pubs, and the number continues to grow, drawing in trade from well outside the immediate locality. Listed on the website below are the many places you can eat. Excluded are pubs that sell food as a sideline and bakeries that sell rolls and sandwiches.

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Hertford Nightlife

  • Pubs and a nightclub

    Hertford doesn't have a cinema but there are cinemas in Stevenage and Hatfield. There is one Night Club in Hertford - Zeros which can be found in Parliament Square. A number of pubs in the town have late licences on Thursday through to Saturday, including The White Hart, The Blackbirds, Baroosh and The Stone House. You will often have to queue to...

  • Best Night Out In town!!

    This is easily the best night out in Hertford. It has 2 floors; downstairs is more chilled so you can chat, where as upstairs has a club atmosphere. It's a great crowd with a friendly attitude and friendly staff, including the door staff!! The music is commercial and offers a huge variety including rock, pop, indie, house, r'n'b, and other stuff...

  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Hertford Transportation

  • Bus stations

    Hertford's bus station is at Bircherley Green, attached to the shopping centre. It is five minutes walk from Hertford East railway station. Useful services include:333 Town Centre, Pinehurst Estate and Bengeo - every 30 minutes395/396 Town Centre, North Station and Sele Farm, Ware Town Centre and Fanhams Common - every 30 minutes.Out-of-town bus...

  • Train Stations

    Hertford has two railway stations - Hertford East (built in 1888), which connects to London Liverpool Street; and Hertford North, which connects to London Kings Cross and London Moorgate.The Hertford East terminus is close to the town centre in Railway Street and was the first station to be built in the town. It lies at the end of the Hertford...

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Hertford Shopping

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    Town Centre Shopping: Well known High St names

    by Willettsworld Written May 4, 2009

    There are around 200 shops in the town centre - a mixture of high street chain stores, specialist shops, restaurants, hairdressers, estate agents and banks. There are also three supermarkets - Marks & Spencer, Waitrose and Tesco.

    Several well-known national stores have shops in the town, including Specsavers and Monsoon. New Look have a branch in Bircherley Green, as does Boots and mobile phone shop O2. Nearby, Holland and Barratt can be found opposite W.H.Smiths, whilst a short walk will take you to Threshers, Clinton Cards, Halfords, Hinds and Millets.

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Hertford Off The Beaten Path

  • St Leonard's Church, Bengeo

    The oldest church within the town boundary is St.Leonard's in Bengeo, which dates back to around 1120. The stone altar slab at St.Leonard's originally came from the church of St.Mary The Less, which once stood on the site of what is now the Public Library. Directions: From the town centre, head north along Port Hill. Then turn right onto New Rd...

  • Holy Trinity Church, Bengeo

    Holy Trinity Church in Bengeo was built by public subscription and opened in 1855.Directions: From the town centre, head north along Port Hill. Church is on your right just before New Rd.

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Hertford Favorites

  • Castle Hall

    The focal point of stage entertainment in the town is Castle Hall in The Wash. As well as local drama there is a programme of events, featuring Children's shows, tribute acts, dance and music. Visit the website below to see what events are on.http://www.eastherts.gov.uk

  • Pubs

    Small as Hertford is, it still has around a couple of dozen pubs and bars. Details of all of them can be found on the website below.http://www.hertford.net/leisure/pubs.htm

  • Tourist Information Centre

    The Hertford Tourist Information Centre can be found at 10 Market Place is the centre of town. They have friendly staff plus loads of information and maps on Hertford, the local area, London and further afield. I've included a map of the sights to visit plus a link to the excellent Discover Hertford website which is full of information.Tourist...


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