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Spending a Family Holiday in Hertfordshire

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Planning to travel to Hertfordshire with the family? Colloquially known as “Herts,” Hertfordshire is a county in Southern England that is bordered by Essex to the East, Greater London to the South, Buckinghamshire to the West, Cambridgeshire to the North-East and Bedfordshire to the North.

The population of this county was recorded at 1,140,700 in 2013, spread across 634 square miles, says Wikipedia. In the same year, Hertfordshire was listed as the third best place to live in, in the UK, by the uSwitch Quality of Life Index. While there are acres of land wholly dedicated to agriculture, there is also an urban sprawl in the main areas of the city.

From adrenaline-pumping activities, rich heritage and culture to wildlife, this county has all the ingredients to make a family holiday memorable. It also offers some great options for budget & cheap hotels in St Albans, Hertfordshire.

Travelling and Accommodation

Since the county lies across major rail and road lines that connect London to the Midlands, Scotland and North England, travelling to and from Hertfordshire is easy, convenient and quick. Some of the principle roads of England, including the A1, A5, A6, M1, M11 and M25, pass through the county.

There also are four railway lines, including the West, East Coast and Midland Main Line, along with the West Anglia Main Line, that pass through this county. While looking for accommodation here, a good idea is to consider staying at a bed and breakfast in St Albans (southern Hertfordshire), since it offers speedy connectivity to Central London and is a town with all the necessary amenities.

The historic market town has now transformed into a dormitory town, since most residents live there but work elsewhere. Tourists are sure to find all the comfort you need at hotels in Hertfordshire, such as the 3 star accommodation offered by The Quality Hotel St Albans. Here are a few places in and around the county that are great for a family outing.

Rye House Kart Raceway, Hoddesdon

Would you allow your child to go go-karting? If yes, then you must visit the oldest circuit in the city, where Lewis Hamilton started out. The circuit is accessible to people of all ages and there is even a special 400m junior circuit designed for young kids below 8 years.

Hatfield House, Hatfield

You could drive to the neighbouring county of Hatfield to visit the childhood home of Queen Elizabeth I, which is now accessible to the public. The Old Palace of the Queen gives this country estate a touch of royalty, and visitors are allowed to wander through the rooms of the impressive Jacobean mansion unaccompanied. This palace was built in 1611 by the first Earl of Salisbury.

Natural History Museum at Tring

Did you know that the National History Museum at Tring was once the private museum of zoologist and Victorian MP, Lionel Walter Rothschild? Today, it is open to the public and has the finest collection of stuffed exhibits of birds, reptiles, insects, animals, etc.

Your young ones are sure to have a great time petting the Tasmanian wolf and playing with the gorilla at this museum. Don’t forget to book your accommodation at one of the budget & cheap hotels in St Albans, Hertfordshire, for a memorable holiday.


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