Family Days Out in Hertfordshire
Looking for some weekend inspiration? We have put together a few ideas for family-friendly outings around Hertfordshire, from museums to magic castles, that will keep everyone entertained despite the chilly weather.
Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter
First came the books, then the films and now you can physically enter the enchanting world of Harry Potter. Since it opened its doors, this glimpse into the wizarding world has been one of Hertfordshire’s most popular attractions. Explore sets, props, costumes and art from the Harry Potter films, stop into the Three Broomsticks for a butterbeer and take a tour of the Forbidden Forest – if you dare. You can find out more about visiting the studio here*.
Natural History Museum
The Walter Rothschild Building, Tring
Home to one of the country’s most impressive taxidermy collections, this eccentric and fascinating museum used to the private property of Victorian MP and zoologist Lionel Walter Rothschild. It is now owned and run by the Natural History Museum and has everything from polar bears to gorillas on display. The perfect day out for any burgeoning naturalists, plus admission is free. Discover more here*.
The Pioneer Skatepark
An entry for the teens, this skatepark is open to skaters and scooter riders and welcomes people of every skill level. It has both indoor and outdoor ramps as well as quarter pipes and half pipes, meaning rainy days are not a problem. They often also have events aimed at younger children and teens alike and you can check their website for up to date information here*.
This is one of Hertfordshire’s most recognisable stately homes but, although the house is impressive, it is the gardens that really make Knebworth a must-visit. Although not open again until the 25th of March, it is worth the wait to explore the 250 acres of beautiful greenery and ancient tree avenues as well as the Edwardian gardens, maze and adventure playground complete with life-size dinosaur trail. Admission costs £9.50 per person, plus an extra £3.50 if you want to go into the house itself. You can buy tickets here*.
Paradise Wildlife Park
One of the only places in England that is home to all five big cats, this wildlife park is full of exotic animals from around the globe. There are petting areas where you can get up close and personal with the inhabitants and a reptile and insect temple where you’ll probably prefer to keep your distance. To top it all off, you can enjoy afternoon tea among the tigers at the Tiger Tree Tops Café. Find out more about the park here*.
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