Hertfordshire is a charming county with a lot of history and interesting things to see and do. St Albans is a thriving market town with a fascinating history. It has a Roman heritage and was so strategically important that during the Wars of the Roses two battles were fought over it.
The town is less than an hour’s drive from London and makes an interesting day trip. Spend time exploring Verulamium just outside the city centre with its Roman ruins, and the Verulamium Museum has some of the most breathtaking mosaics around as well as a number of other artifacts excavated in the area.
St Albans Cathedral is another notable building in the city and named for the first English Christian Martyr. George Bernard Shaw lived in the area and there is a museum dedicated to him in St Albans. The oldest surviving pub in England, the Ye Old Fighting Cocks, is in St Albans.
At Hatfield House explore the beautiful Jacobean mansion and original Tudor Palace frequented by Elizabeth I. Take time to travel to Chiswell Green, home of the National Rose Society Gardens. With over 1700 varieties of rose the gardens are exquisite and worth spending time to see.
At Knebworth House, there is another Tudor Mansion to explore, the one time home of the Earl of Lytton. Hertfordshire is excellent for cycling trails and for walking in some of the countryside areas. The market towns of Bishops Stortford and Herford are great for exploring and for observing typically English towns and the way of life. With good local restaurants and country pubs Hertfordshire is a great place to spend time and enjoy some of the historical episodes brought to life in England.