Hertfordshire Things to Do

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Hertfordshire Things to Do

  • Cathedral

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    St Albans Things to Do

    This is the oldest site of continuous Christian worship in Britain. It stands over the place where Alban, the first martyr, was buried after giving his life for his faith over 1700 years ago – more than 200 years before St Augustine arrived in Canterbury It a great place to visit and holds a great family Christmas carol service. I haven't yet to...

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  • Clock Tower

    St Albans Things to Do

    The tower was built between 1403 and 1412 and is the only medieval town belfry in England still in existence. It was built by the townsmen to assert their freedom, power and wealth in face of the Cathedral. The Towers original bell weighs one ton and has a diameter of one metre is called Gabriel. The Tower is 19.6m (64’) high at the parapet. A...

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  • Verulamium Park

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    St Albans Things to Do

    The Verulamium Park is a lovely park in the centre of St Albans. The park is named after the Roman City of Verulamium on which it stands It's lovely to walk around, in any weather. The river Ver runs through the park and there is also a good sized ornamental lake in the middle, which is home to many wild fowl including duck, swans, Canadian geese...

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  • Verulamium Museum

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    St Albans Things to Do

    This is a nice museum showing the history of the Roman city of Verulamium. There are some really good mosaics inside from roman villas, as well as a large collection of everyday objects that have been recovered from archeological digs around the area. Opening Hours Monday - Saturday 10.00am - 5.30pm Sunday 2.00pm - 5.30pm Admission Charges *...

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  • St Michael's Church

    St Albans Things to Do

    St. Michael's Church was built in 948AD (along with St. Stephen's and St. Peter's churches). It was founded by Ulsinus, who was the abbot of the abbey at the time. All three churches were built to receive pilgrims visiting the shrine of St. Alban. Each church was built on one of the three main routes in to the town at the time. The church is open...

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  • The Roman Walls

    St Albans Things to Do

    In Verulamium Park, which has the museum, sports grounds and children's playground, there are segments of the old city wall of Verulamium which was the third largest Roman city in Britain with a population of 8000. It dates to the 3rd Century. Like other Roman walls it was faced with dressed flint, with narrow layers of of tiles horizontally placed...

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  • Abbey Gateway

    St Albans Things to Do

    The Abbey Gateway is a massive gateway in the historic cathedral city of St. Albans, close to St. Albans Abbey. Built of Roman tiles and flint, it was the gateway to the monastery, and is sometimes known as the Great Gateway. The gateway was built around 1360, while Thomas de la Mare was Abbot. It was besieged in 1381 during the Peasants' Revolt,...

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  • Marlborough Almshouses

    St Albans Things to Do

    Although my photo doesn't really do them justice, these really are a very fine set of buildings. They are a set of almshouses founded in 1736 by Sarah Churchill (of the famous family), the Duchess of Marlborough. Although you cannot go inside, they are architecturally very pleasing with pleasant gardens to the front.

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  • Corn Exchange

    St Albans Things to Do

    The Corn Exchange was built in 1857 by the local Council on the designs of John Murray of Coventry. It replaced a 16th century timber framed Market House which was used for the sale of wheat and barley. The Corn Exchange is built in the Classical Revival style and features five bays divided into the front facade. By the end of the 19th century...

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  • Roman Theatre

    St Albans Things to Do

    You'll need a very good imagination to visualize the Roman theatre as it once was because there is little left in the ruins today. I thought the entrance fee of 2 pounds was quite expensive as there really was very little to see here. If you visit the Verulamiun museum you will get a much better idea of how the theatre looked in Roman times.

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  • St Peter's Church

    St Albans Things to Do

    Ulsinus founded this church along with St. Stephen's and St. Michael's in 948AD. It was built at the former northern entrance to the medieval town. The church is something of a landmark as it marks the highest point in St. Albans. The tomb of Francis Bacon, who served both as Attorney General and Lord Chancellor of England is inside the church..

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  • Pemberton Almshouses

    St Albans Things to Do

    The Pemberton Almshouses (houses for the poor/elderly) are a series of small, single storey terrace cottages that were built in 1627. According to the sign by the entrance, they were founded by Roger Pemberton, high sheriff of Hertfordshire. Legend has it that his reason for providing the money to build them was due to him atoning accidently...

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  • Visit the Royston Cave

    Cut into the chalk underneath the crossroads in the centre of the town of Royston is a unique, man-made cave. Access to it is limited to the afternoons on weekends and public holidays during the summer months in tour groups of no more than 18 people. Once down there you can understand why there is the limit to the group size because the cave is...

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  • Benington Lordship Gardens

    Benington Lordship Manor is a Georgian manor house, with the remains of a much earlier Norman motte and bailey fortification still visible in the grounds. These ruins have been enhanced by a Victorian folly in the form of a gatehouse. The manor house is not open to the public, but the grounds are open several times a year, and are well worth a...

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  • Day trip to London

    I know this is an odd thing to list under Hertfordshire, but Berkhamsted has excellant rail links to London. It's a great way to spend the day and the train goes into Euston, very handy for many sights.Close to Euston there is The British Library, definitely worth a visit! You are also near to St Pancras Station and the newly renovated hotel there...

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  • The (Ashridge) Monument

    The Monument is owned by the National Trust and is open at weekends from mid March until mid October and from 10am - 5pm. Very cheap (I think about £2) to go up.The stairs are tight as they wind their way from the base to the top...and expect 2-way traffic! It's a long way up and when you get to the top there is a small doorway which leads you out...

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  • Ashridge Estate

    Beautiful, beautiful Ashridge Forest is owned and managed by the National Trust. Being a (very large) forest you can enjoy Ashridge for free. There are many places to park (for free). There is a visitors centre that has some "hands on" for children. There's also a shop a cafe and toilets. There is usually an ice-cream van parked in the visitors...

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  • "Possibly Britains most beautiful...

    I used to visit the cinema once in a while. I like to see interesting films along with the big blockbusters, but the whole 'cinema experience' was fairly grim. The local cinemas had small seats, grubby facilities and popcorn, nacjos and screaming children.The Rex is rather different, and since I've moved to Berkhamsted I have been to the cinema far...

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  • Santions cafe & sandwhich bar.

    The best cafe in Hertfordshire well actually the only good one also much cheaper then the rest. Great sandwhiches filled with typical Italian ingredents also coffee as good as it gets in England with all the usuall varties. You can also buy bread, pasta, pasta sauces, biscuits, little cakes all Italian cafe goods. You can also get pandora cakes at...

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  • MORE SHAW HOUSE

    This is the small hut where Shaw did lots of his writing. It actually revolves as my friend discovered.

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  • SHAW'S CORNER

    Recently, we had a visit to George Bernard Shaw's home in Hertsfordshire, just north of London. My photo looks like a commercial postcard, but I swear it's my own work!

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  • St Albans Abbey

    The Abbey itself can been seen from miles around and is in in a beautiful Verulum park, perfect for strolling and picnics. Explore the inside or just wander round the paths, look at the roman ruins, feed the ducks on the lake.

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