Caitlin Minter
14th November 2018

Hertfordshire is known for its historic estates, countryside and of course, that glorious cathedral... but the county is also awash with smaller, weirder and wilder wonders that are waiting to be uncovered.

If you think you've seen it all take a leaf from the locals’ book, and step off the beaten track with our top ten hidden gems for a unique day out. 

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Frogmore Paper Mill

One of our favourite hidden gems, this fantastic museum just happens to be home to the world's oldest mechanised paper mill. Get your hands dirty and craft your own paper, follow your guide on a trail through the birthplace of paper's industrial revolution and even set sail along the river. 
Follow the paper trail

Celtic Harmony

It’s one of the largest reconstructed Iron Age settlements in the UK, so it’s no wonder Celtic Harmony has made our shortlist. The camp offers the chance to get acquainted with your Celtic ancestors and even try your hand at archery.
Step back in time...

Mill Green Mill and Museum

Local art exhibitions, an eighteenth century working watermill and a riverside setting, it all sounds pretty idyllic, doesn't it? Enjoy a day out at Mill Green Mill and Museum and get crafty with the kids, and don't forget to look out for brand new art workshops and activities throughout the year.
Get crafty at Mill Green Mill and Museum

Vertigo Adventures

High above Stanborough Park nerve-jangling adventure awaits! High and low ropes, zip wires and breathtaking drops all make up a day out for the thrill-seeker in you, so are you ready for your challenge? 
Channel your inner Tarzan

St Albans Clock Tower

Once a symbol of the solid resistance the people of Albans put up against the Abbot of St Albans, you’ll need to show your own strength on a climb of the 93 steps to the top! Sensational views across the historic city and open countryside make this hidden gem worth discovering.
To the top of the tower

Henry Moore Studios & Gardens

Much Hadham, the charming setting of this gem is a wonder in itself, but it’s the 70 acre gardens that hold the biggest surprise. Henry Moore’s world-famous sculptures rest within glorious countryside, alongside the studios where he created some of his greatest work.
Sculpt an artistic day out

Ye Olde Fighting Cocks

If you’re looking for a cosy, traditional pub, Ye Olde Fighting Cocks is about as historic as it gets. Named the oldest pub in Britain, this gem offers a warm welcome, charm and sensational local food and drink, all tucked away just a short stroll from the cathedral.
Cosy up in Britain’s oldest pub

Watford Big Bandstand

In the heart of Cassiobury Park, the Watford Big Bandstand truly comes to life from May to September. Take a visit and listen out as everything from live ukulele to jazz music drifts across the park on a relaxing Sunday afternoon. 
Join the big band