Ware Travel Guide

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Ware Things to Do

  • Scott's Grotto

    One of the most quirky sights in England, Scott's Grotto was created in the 1760s by the Quaker poet and reformer, John Scott, making it the country's largest grotto. Tucked away in a street of modern houses to the south of the town centre, it has six underground chambers connected by passages, extending for 67 feet into the chalk hillside. The...

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  • The Priory

    The original friary was founded in 1338 (no one knows the story of how it came to be known as The Priory). After the dissolution of the monasteries by Henry VIII in the 1530s, the building has undergone many phases of construction and alteration during its 650 year life. Being in private ownership, a hospital during the first World War, and then in...

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  • Ware Museum

    The Ware Museum was established in 1986 and incorporates the town's World War II command bunker used during air raids, a medieval well discovered during building work (which you can walk on!) and an outside herb garden. Items from the museum collection on permanent display include Iron Age and Roman pottery, a Roman coffin, a unique collection of...

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  • Maltmaker Statue

    The Maltmaker state in the Ware Memorial Gardens outside St Mary's Church was especially commissioned to mark the Millennium. The bronze life size plus a quarter statue of a Ware maltster and his cat was erected in autumn 1999 to commemorate six hundred years of the malting industry in Ware which no longer exists except for the existing malting...

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  • Library

    The library was built in 1765 as a maltster's house on the site of the Crown, one of the homes of the Great Bed of Ware which dates from around 1590 and measures ten by eleven feet. It's now in the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. The building later became the town house of the wealthy maltster Henry Page (1813-94) before becoming the County...

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  • Former Royal Oake

    This 14th century building was rebuilt in 1624 to include a Roman Catholic Chapel. It became the Royal Oake Inn after the restoration of King Charles II in 1660.

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  • Old Punch House

    The Old Punch House was a well known resort for elderly gentlemen in Victorian times. It's now a modern pub.

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  • Former Bear Inn

    This building along the High Street was built on the site of the 15th century Bear Inn which later became the Falcon Foundry, run by Charles Wells in the 1830s making fittings for the Maltings.

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  • Leaside Church

    This Methodist church is located via a small passageway from East Street and was built in 1816 before being rebuilt in 1859.

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  • Town Hall

    The town hall was built in 1827 on the site of an earlier market as an arcaded corn market with a meeting hall above. It became a shop in the 1840s and was restored in 1985. It's now an estate agents.

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  • The Gazebos

    The wonderful looking gazebos or 'Dutch summerhouses' were erected along the River Lea from 1690 onwards at the end of the gardens of the former inns to give guests a peaceful outlook, away from the hurly-burly of the High Street. This group is unique in England.

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  • River Lea

    The River Lea flows through Ware and was made navigable as a canal between Hertford Castle and the River Thames in London. The canal provided excellent access for barges in Ware's main industry of malting but today is home to leisure barges. If you take a walk along the towpath you'll see the gazebos which were first erected in the 1690s (see next...

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  • Sacred Heart of Jesus & St Joseph Church

    This Roman Catholic Church, built in 1939, is located just a little further up the hill from Christ Church along New Road.

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  • Place House & Bluecoat Yard

    Place House was the medieval manor house of Ware for Thomas, Lord Wake (1297-1349). Dendrochronology has been conducted on timbers inside the building and suggested a date of around 1300, however the house may even date to as early as the late 13th century. Built as an aisled hall, it has a fine timber roof and a Tudor screen. It was restored in...

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  • Christ Church

    This church was consecrated on 9th November 1858 by the Bishop of Rochester. The church, the then vicarage and the school was provided for by Robert Hanbury. It is built in the early English style of architecture, of ragstone from Kent.

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  • Buildings of Ware

    Ware has some lovely houses, cottages and commercial buildings located along High St, Baldock St, Crib St, New Rd and Star St. Most date from around the 16th and 17th centuries and, unlike High Streets in most English towns, Ware's still has most of its original buildings without ugly 1960s-70s shopping arcades.

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  • The Manor House

    Located behind the Church of St Mary the Virgin, this building was formerly known as the Rectory Manor. It was once part of the Benedictine Priory of Ware which was suppressed in 1414. In 1546 it became part of King Henry VIII's endowment of Trinity College, Cambridge which owned it until 1951.

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  • Church of St Mary the Virgin

    The Parish Church of Ware - once a French-owned Benedictine Priory - was rebuilt in the late 14th century by the family of Joan of Kent, the widow of the Black Prince and mother of King Richard II. The church contains many images of Joan, who was Lady of the Manor. The octagonal font, featuring saints and angels with musical instruments, dates from...

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    Sala Thai in Ware

    by colin_bramso Updated Sep 8, 2011

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    In Britain the spicy foods from countries such as India and Thailand are often westernised, the spices reduced and sweetness added. Not so with Sala Thai, this is genuine Royal Thai food as you would find in Thailand.

    Relaxed, casual with excellent, friendly service.

    Favorite Dish: With Thai food it's a good idea to have a few people dining together so that a variety of dishes can be ordered and shared.

    Our favourites are Laab Gai, Kra Prao, Tamarind Duck, Pad Thai, Massaman Beef Curry

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Ware Nightlife

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    by Willettsworld Written Jun 2, 2009

    For a town of around 18,000 residents, Ware has over 20 pubs and bars! A complete list can be found by checking the website below:

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Ware Transportation

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    by Willettsworld Updated Jun 2, 2009

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    The train station is located to the south of the town centre and is rather unusual in that it has only a single platform and track on what is otherwise a double track railway. Ware sits on the Hertford East branch line which provides services to London's Liverpool Street. For information on timetables visit the website below.

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Ware Shopping

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    by Willettsworld Updated Jun 2, 2009

    Unlike High Streets in most English towns, Ware's still has most of its original buildings without ugly 1960s-70s shopping arcades. It is, of course, the main street for shopping with a Tesco supermarket, bakers, pubs and restaurants.

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Ware Favorites

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    by mikalaurila Written Apr 11, 2005

    Favorite thing: I spent a year living in Ware. Couldn't believe how many 'Australians' were already in the area! Really enjoyed that it was my idea of 'England'! Easy to get to by train and easy to travel to London!

    Fondest memory: I miss visiting the MANY pubs, especially on cold winter evenings! So many within walking distance. Pretty river walks aswell. Enjoyed watching spring signets grow into swans over the year!

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