Head east to Hertfordshire’s largest district for a memorable visit, less than an hour’s journey from central London and Cambridge and within half an hour of Stansted Airport.
Boasting five delightful historic towns, with bustling markets, surrounded by stunning countryside and some incredible attractions, there’s something to please all visitors to East Herts.
An abundance of wildlife is waiting to be explored along the many miles of meandering rivers, cycling and walking routes in the area, with no shortage of pubs, restaurants and accommodation en route offering high quality food and facilities to appeal to every taste and budget.
There’s also a wonderful range of places to stay. East Hertfordshire has many attractive country house hotels which are steeped in history such as Down Hall located in Hatfield Heath on the border with Essex near Bishop’s Stortford; and Hanbury Manor Marriot Hotel and Country Club set in 200 sprawling acres near Ware. For those looking for the perfect self-catering 'home-from-home', The Stables Country Retreat near Hertford, nestled in the beautiful rolling Hertfordshire countryside less than 20 miles from Central London, provides guests with all the luxuries of home.
Choose from a host of local attractions, including:
- A visit to Celtic Harmony Camp will give you first-hand experience of how the people of the Iron Age lived over 2000 years ago
- Hertford Theatre has an exciting all-year programme of shows, cinema screenings, events and activities
- A true jewel in Hertfordshire’s crown is The Henry Moore Foundation at Perry Green with its incredible exhibition space, studio and sculpture garden
- Lee Valley Regional Park offers a range walking and cycling routes for every level of fitness as well as boat hire in the warmer months.
- Rye Meads Nature Reserve beside the River Lee is a firm favourite with walkers, birdwatchers and photographers thanks to its many trails and hides.
- For a wild day out and an exotic experience, the impressive Paradise Wildlife Park offers families and animals lovers a sensation day out
- there are a number of award winning parks in the district, for you to enjoy with a day out with a picnic in the fresh air
- The Rhodes Art Complex is Bishop’s Stortford’s premier entertainment venue offering theatre, cinema and a museum
- Scott's Grotto in Ware was built in the 18th century and has a fascinating series of interconnected tunnels, lined with shells, flints and pieces of coloured glass, as well as a Summerhouse above the tunnels.
Find out more about each town and events going on throughout the year here:
How to get here:
- You can easily travel to East Herts by train or bus – find out about public transport here. Cycle hire is available from Bike and Go at Bishop’s Stortford and Broxbourne train stations.
- If you’re coming by car, details of the council car parks are here
East Herts has so much to offer for a day-trip, weekend break or longer, so come along for a visit at any time of the year, you won’t regret it!
For more information on East Herts, visit the website.