Things to Do

As soon as you step out of the house there is lots to enjoy.

Join any one of the country footpaths and National Trails (Hertfordshire Way and Chiltern Way) to explore the varied countryside, woodland, wildlife, horses and farm animals. Take a walk in the fresh air to the local villages and feast on a local pub lunch. A short car ride can take you to much much more:

Woodside Animal Farm and Leisure Park

Enjoy  an exciting fun filled day out for all the family. Attractions include tractor rides, feed and handle many of the animals, funfair area, 18 hole crazy golf and huge sandpit.

3 Miles

Battlefield Paintball Slip

Set in 25 acre’s of woodland, many different scenario games, best equipment available, probably the best food on any paintball site, friendly helpful marshals and support staff, everything for a day out to remember.

3 Miles

Whipsnade Zoo

ZSL Whipsnade Zoo has over 2500 amazing animals set in 600 acres of beautiful parkland.

4 Miles

Ashridge House and Gardens

Ashridge has a rich history which dates right back to 1283, when Edmund of Cornwall founded a monastery for the Bonhomme monks. The dissolution of the monasteries by King Henry VIII led to the transition of Ashridge from monastery to royal home.

5 Miles

Gadebridge Park

Large parkland with varied recreation facillities. Close to historic Old Town.

5 Miles

Try gliding and flying

Just a short drive away, learn to glide and fly over the Dunstable Downs at the London Gliding Club.

6 Miles

Redbourn Village Museum

The museum is housed in a 4-roomed Grade II Listed building surrounded by its own garden and car park area.

6 Miles


There are lots of thrills on offer here, with a large variety of wild, watery rides.

7 Miles

Ashridge Estate

Wonderful and varied Chilterns countryside stretching from Berkhamsted to the Ivinghoe Beacon. The Estate covers more than 6 square miles in Hertfordshire.

7 Miles

Big Space

Soft Play Venue – An exciting, light, bright airy indoor play centre with something for everyone.

7 Miles

Totternhoe Knolls

A nature reserve, picnic area, Site of Special Scientific Interest and Scheduled Ancient Monument on the site of a Norman castle, with beautiful views and a wealth of butterflies and chalk grassland plants.

7 Miles

Whipsnade Tree Cathedral

Created following the First World War in 'Faith, hope and reconciliation', the tree cathedral covers a tranquil 3.82ha (9.5 acres) and contains many tree specimens uniquely planted in the plan of a medieval cathedral.

7 Miles

Priory Church of St Peter

The Priory Church of St Peter, a Grade I Listed building, is an active parish church. It is the surviving part of an Augustian priory founded in 1131. The church has Norman architectural features, medieval brasses and wood carving, eighteenth-century monuments and modern stained glass.

7 Miles

Berkhamsted Castle

Roads and a railway have cut into the castle site, but its huge banks and ditches remain impressive. The original 11th century motte-and-bailey was probably built by William the Conquer's half brother, and there is a later stone keep.

7 Miles

Country Restaurant

Under the unique management of Georges de Maison it combines the charm of days gone by with serious professionalism.

8 Miles

Lussmans Restaurant

Great reasonably priced restaurant in centre of St Albans - in our opinion best in St Albans.  

8 Miles


Soft play venue – Dare the death drop slide, the aerial walkways and the exciting inflatables.

8 Miles

Toddler World

Indoor adventure playground for children under height limit of 1.2m. Childrens parties catered for and private hire available.

8 Miles

Snakes & Ladders

Soft play venue - Enjoy three levels of fun in this big indoor adventure play centre with slides, tunnels and ball ponds.

9 Miles

John Dony Field Centre

A wealth of wildlife and countryside in and around Luton. A focus for exploring rich landscapes and fascinating plants and animals of the Luton area. Follow 4,000 years of history from Bronze Age burials to the building of the Bushmead estate.

9 Miles

Old Gorhambury House

Pleasant house built by Sir Robert Taylor (1774-1794) to house an extensive picture collection of 17th-century portraits of the Grimston and Bacon families and their contemporaries. Also of note is the 16th-century enamelled glass collection and an early English pile carpet. Member of the Historic Houses Association.

9 Miles

Roman Theatre of Verulamium

The only completely excavated Roman theatre in Britain with the remains of a townhouse and underground shrine. The Roman Theatre was 1st discovered in 1847 but it was not until 1930-1935 that it was fully excavated.

9 Miles

Ford End Watermill

This little mill, recorded in 1767 but certainly very much older, was in use until 1963. Restored by volunteers, and now maintained and run by Ford End Watermill Society, it is the only remaining working watermill in Buckinghamshire with original machinery.

10 Miles

Pitstone Green Museum

A Rural Life Museum, run by volunteers from the Pitstone Local History Society. On the Sunday Open days there are many extra attractions which may include a Craft Fair, Pottery demonstrations, working engines including the massive Crossley gas engine, Steam Traction Engine, country dancing, tractor rides to a nearby Windmill and others as available.

10 Miles

Mead Open Farm

All weather hands-on fun. Bottle feed lambs, hand fee goats and play all day in Shaggy’s huge indoor PlayWorld.

10 Miles

Verulamium Museum and Park

Verulamium was one of the largest and most important Roman towns in Britain. By the 1st century it was declared a 'municipium', which gave its inhabitants the rights of Roman citizenship.

10 Miles

DJ’s Jungle Adventure

Soft play venue – Indoor adventure soft play are designed around a jungle theme. There are scrambling nets, climbing frames and slides.

10 Miles

Tring Activity Park

The 300 acres of Tring Park extend south of the town with access via Akeman Street. Ideal for walking. Close to town centre.

10 Miles

Kingsbury Watermill

This 16th-century corn mill, which still has a working waterwheel, is now a museum. Exhibits include a collection of old farm implements and there is also an art gallery. The mill is on the River Ver half a mile from the city. Also on site is the Waffle House Restaurant featuring sweet and savoury waffles.

10 Miles

Watergate Lambing Open Farm

Working farm, 2000 sheep to give birth, sheep shearing, pony rides, ferret racing.

11 Miles

Gorhambury House

Impressive Palladian house with monumental portico by Sir Robert Taylor, refaced with white Portland stone in the 1950's. The ruins of the Tudor house built by the Bacon family lie in the park.

11 Miles

St Albans Organ Theatre

A permanent playing collection of mechanical dance organs, other mechanical instruments and theatre pipe organs. Monthly Saturday theatre organ concerts.

11 Miles

St Albans Cathedral

St Albans Cathedral is an imposing former Norman Abbey Church set in the centre of the City of St Albans overlooking Verulamium Park. The present church was built from recycled Roman brick between 1077-1115 on the execution site of Alban (c.250), Britain's first martyr.

12 Miles

Museum of St Albans

Discover the long history of St Albans town at the gate of a medieval abbey, coaching centre, market town, manufacturing centre and commuter city. This story is told through lively new displays, the Salaman Gallery of Trade and Craft Tools and regular special exhibitions.

12 Miles

Royal National Rose Garden

The Royal National Rose Society's Garden with 27 acres of garden and trial grounds for new varieties of rose. Thirty thousand roses of all types are displayed with 1,700 different varieties.

12 Miles

Rothschild Zoological Museum

This museum was once the private collection of Lionel Walter, 2nd Baron Rothschild, and is now part of the Natural History Museum. It houses more than 4,000 specimens in a unique Victorian setting.

12 Miles

Willows Farm Village

Includes Bouncy Haystacks trampolines, Tree House Adventure, County Fun Fair and Children’s shows.

13 Miles

Chenies Manor House

15th and 16th century brick manor house with fortified tower and stepped gables. Originally the home of the Russell family, then Earls of Bedford, and visited by Henry VIII and Elizabeth I.

13 Miles

Water Hall Open Farm

Open farm, gardens and tearoom. Admission includes drink in Emily's Teashop.

14 Miles

UH Art Galleries

Varied exhibitions programme representing a wide spectrum of art and design. Exhibitions of national and international signifficance.

14 Miles

Woburn Abbey

Set in 3,000 acres of parkland and home to the Dukes of Bedford, the Abbey houses famous paintings as well as porcelain, furniture and silver.

15 Miles

Leighton Buzzard Railway

The Leighton Buzzard Railway offers a 70 minute journey into the vanished world of the English Light Railway, with its sharp curves, steep gradients, level crossings and unique roadside running. Come and explore our fascinating history, back to the First World War and beyond.

15 Miles

Woburn Safari Park

Experience being only a windscreen’s width away from enormous elephants, hippos, giraffes, lions, zebras, mischievous monkeys and more.

16 Miles

Hatfield House

The Royal Palace of Hatfield (c 1485) in the West Garden is where Elizabeth I spent most of her childhood. In the Park, an oak tree marks the place where the young Princess Elizabeth first heard of her accession to the throne. There is a marvellous collection of pictures, furnishings and historic armour on display.

16 Miles

The Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre

Find out about Roald Dahl’s extraordinary life and discover just how he went about writing his captivating tales in this stimulating museum.

16 Miles

Beckonscot Medel Village and Railway

Explore this enchanting miniature world depicting rural England in the 1930s. Tiny figures enjoy the fun of the fair, visit the zoo, or lazily watch a cricket match.

19 Miles

Bletchley Park

This World War II code-breaking establishment houses the reconstruction of “Colossus” the computer which helped crack the Enigma code. Find out about life in wartime Britain.

20 Miles


Skiing on a snow slope, skydiving with Airkix, rock climbing, bowling and cinema.

24 Miles




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