At Home in Hertfordshire
Hertfordshire is a non-metropolitan county in England’s east region and has Hertford as its county town. It is considered as one of the home counties, those that surround London, England. Hertfordshire lies inland and its neighbors include Greater London, Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, and Essex. It is situated right on the north of Greater London and belongs to the London commuter belt and thus, very accessible.
Hertfordshire is home to many notable tourist attractions. There are many parks and gardens you can take a stroll in, museums and historic houses to wander around in and gain information from, castles to explore, galleries and artworks to appreciate, pubs to hang out in, and many more interesting sights to see and activities to take part in.
Castles abound in almost every county in the United Kingdom. In Hertfordshire, the ruins of the Berkhamsted Castle are open to the public and admission is free. The castle, the original fortification of which dates back to Saxon times, is reportedly unique as it has not a single, but a double moat.
For a different taste of the wild, go to Tring and take a peek at the animals in the Natural History Museum. The museum, which was formerly known as the Walter Rothschild Zoological Museum, is home to one of the United Kingdom’s finest collections of stuffed mammals, birds, reptiles, and insects.
If you’re more of a flora person, then head off to Chriswell Green, near St. Albans, and visit the Royal National Rose Society Gardens. The gardens, which was originally called The Gardens of the Rose, is home to an impressive 2,500 rose varieties and almost 8,000 roses. Learn about the flower’s history with the gardens’ rose collection, garden settings that showcase various planting styles, and cultivar trials, among other features. Then, have tea and cream puffs at Rosebuds, the gardens’ very own café. In 2010, you’ll be able to enjoy Europe’s largest live butterfly park, which is set to be built in the gardens too.
Make the most out of your trip by heading straight to St. Albans. Your stop should be no other than St Albans Cathedral. It is the second longest cathedral in the United Kingdom and embraces architecture that dates back to Norman times. What is unique with this cathedral is its nave, the longest of any cathedral in England, measuring at 106 metres.
Then, still in St Albans, have a taste of Roman Britain at Verulamium, a park and agricultural land. Take a look inside its museum, one of the best of Roman history and renowned in architecture for its impressive domed entrance, and find out about the town’s Roman history. There are large and colorful mosaics to look at, as well as various artifacts on display, including pottery, tools, coins, and coffins and other remains found during building works in the 20th century.
To complete your tourist experience, go shopping. Take a trip to Watford Market. The place houses plenty of stalls that offer a variety of products, from jewelry to pets, from clothes to sweets. It’s an indoor market, so you don’t have to worry about rain.
There are still many other things you can do in Hertfordshire. Book a trip today and look forward to enjoying one of the United Kingdom’s cherished counties.