In and around Harpenden House Hotel in Harpenden
Harpenden Hotel offers easy access to a wide variety of nearby attractions.
Hatfield House displays superb examples of Jacobean craftsmanship in the form of beautifully carved wood and a rare stained glass window. The State Rooms are rich in famous paintings, fine furniture, tapestries and historic armour. The Hatfield House Garden is steeped in history and when it was first designed in the 17th Century, contained many plants and trees from Europe that had never previously been grown in England. In the garden can be found the Great Hall, the surviving wing of the Royal Palace of Hatfield (1485) where Elizabeth I spent some of her childhood. Hatfield House open from April to September.
For another cultural day out, head to Knebworth House where the Lytton family have lived at or 500 years. Knebworth House offers numerous historical connections including offering accommodation for Elizabeth 1, being the House where Charles Dickens acted in private theatricals and where Winston Churchill's painting of the Banqueting Hall hangs in the room where he painted it.
For a full day of family fun Whipsnade Wild Animal Park is one of Europe's largest wildlife conservation parks. In a beautiful setting of 600 acres of parkland, elevated on the Chiltern Hills, Whipsnade is home to over 2,500 animals including several endangered species.
Close by, St Albans has something for everyone from the Roman history and churches to pubs, markets and even ghostly happenings in the city's maginificent Abbey Church which dominates the sky line.