Romans, Gardens and Hertfordshire
The county of Hertfordshire, sitting just to the north of London, is a too often overlooked by visitors as they head in and out of the capital. So here’s a new short break that includes visits to Hatfield House and Gardens, built in 1611 but Robert Cecil, the First Earl of Salisbury, and the Roman city of Verulamium, better known today as St Albans, where you can visit Verulamium Park and the medieval Clock Tower. The Hertfordshire tour also includes visits to Knebworth House, one of England’s most colourful stately homes, home to 28 acres of beautiful gardens to explore.
April - September 2019/2020
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Depending on your route and timing, why not call in at Knebworth House. Set in 250 acres of rolling Hertfordshire countryside, Knebworth has been the family home of the Lyttons for more than 500 years. Its romantic exterior, complete with turrets, domes and gargoyles, conceals a red brick house dating from Tudor times.
Hatfield House and Gardens and St Albans
This morning we visit Hatfield House and Gardens, the home of the 7th Marquess and Marchioness of Salisbury. Inside, the many rooms feature striking examples of Jacobean craftsmanship. Outside, the extensive gardens have a 17th century character with terraces and garden enclosures. In the afternoon we travel to St Albans, named after St Alban, Britain’s first Christian Saint. His shrine can be seen in the St Albans Cathedral, its great tower including Roman bricks salvaged from the ruins of Verulamium. We include admission to the Verulamium Museum, an award-wining museum with re-created Roman rooms, objects from the old city, and superb mosaics. A short walk away, a modern building (free entry) houses a preserved Roman mosaic that covers a hypocaust, a Roman system of underfloor heating. This remarkable piece of history was part of a suite of rooms in a large town house built around AD 200 and brings to life the scale and magnificence of a major Roman town house.
If there wasn’t time on the outward journey, why not add in a visit to Knebworth House.
Suggested hotels – All recently inspected by Greatdays staff
Mercure Hotel Watford ****
This stylish Watford Hotel is located just off junction 5 of the M1 and only 25 minutes from London City Centre. In the stylish Brasserie and Bar, guests can enjoy traditional and internationally inspired cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere. There is a gym with heated indoor pool and a spa with sauna and steam room for guests to relax in after a long day. All 218 bedrooms feature an HD LED TV, complimentary high speed Wi-Fi and tea and coffee making facilities. This hotel has rooms adapted for disabled use and a car park on-site.
Mercure Hatfield ***
This modern 3-star hotel is located 19km from the outskirt of London with nearby attractions including Galleria Shopping Centre, Woburn Safari Park and Whipsnade Zoo. Enjoy meals from a carefully selected à la carte in the Gallery Restaurant or relax in the comfortable lounge and conservatory area. The 85 bedrooms all feature a Flatscreen TV with Freeview Channels, free Wi-Fi, hairdryer and tea and coffee making facilities. Accessible rooms are available in this stylish hotel and there is free on-site parking.
Jury’s Inn Watord ***
Located on Clarendon Road and a two-minute walk from the station, this hotel is ideally located to enjoy all that Watford city centre has to offer. Guests who fancy going into Central London can reach London Euston Station within 18 minutes. A stylish bar menu is available all day and a seasonal Restaurant menu is available from 6pm. All 216 bedrooms are with en-suite bathrooms and feature a flat screen TV, hairdryer and tea and coffee making facilities. This hotel has rooms adapted for disabled use and a public car park is close by.
Hilton Hotel Watford ****
Located only 5 minutes from Watford Town Centre and 20 minutes from central London by train, this 4-star hotel is the perfect base to explore scenic South East England. After a long busy day, guests can unwind in the LivingWell Fitness centre before enjoying a delicious meal in the restaurant. The spacious and stylish bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms and TVs with on-demand movies. With the largest ballroom in Hertfordshire, Hilton Watford is an ideal location to host an event and offers flexible facilities for business meetings, events and conferences. This hotel has free coach parking on-site.
|2019 dates||from £138.00 per person|
|2020 dates||from £140.00 per person|