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Within and between the towns that dot about Hertfordshire’s picturesque landscape there are numerous attractions; some known widely, others verging on the invisible unless you’re in the know.

There are nature reserves, stately homes and gardens, historic monuments and more. Here are a few of our favourite spots.

Knebworth House & Gardens, Knebworth (3 miles)
A stunning gothic mansion, with Victorian gardens created in the 17th century. Famous worldwide for its rock concerts, famous locally for car shows, arts & craft fairs, it’s children’s adventure playground and dinosaur trail.

Digswell Lake and Digswell House Park, Welwyn Garden City (5 miles)
A manmade lake now separated from the estate; a habitat for rare wildlife with historic views up the Mimram Valley and a favourite with artists and photographers.

Benington Lordship (7 miles)
Seven acres of gardens with architectural features by the Pulham family – designers of the gardens at Node Park – and a Georgian manor house with the remains of a Norman castle and moat.

Stanborough Park & Lakes, Welwyn Garden City (7 miles)
A beautiful 126-acre award-winning country park with boating and sailing lakes, watersports centre, Green Flag status and Stanborough Reed Marsh nature reserve.

Panshanger Park, between Welwyn & Hertford (8 miles)
A heritage walk taking you through 200 acres featuring country park, nature reserve, lakes, river, woodland and reedbeds.

Hatfield House, Hatfield (9 miles)
Celebrated Jacobean house and Tudor palace with 42 acres of gardens dating from the 17th century and a rich political history.

Hitch Wood, Near St Paul’s Walden (3 miles)
Famous for it’s beautiful sea of bluebells which bloom under grand Oak trees in the spring months.

Shaw’s Corner, Ayot St Lawrence (3 miles)
The Edwardian villa and gardens belonging to playwright George Bernard Shaw, including his rotating writing room.

Welwyn Roman Baths, Welwyn (4 miles)
A fascinating ancient site preserved in a steel vault beneath the A1 motorway.

Brocket Hall, Welwyn Garden City (7 miles)
Perhaps England’s best country estate and golf club. Two championship golf courses, the Palmerston Golf Academy and 543 acres of wonderful parkland.

St Albans parks, gardens and cathedral (12 miles)
St Albans, Hertfordshire’s oldest town, is alive with history. The cathedral, known locally as the abbey, is the second longest in the UK, with much of its architecture dating back to the Norman era. The many parks and gardens of St Albans includes Clarence Park, 16 acres of classical Victorian park, Verulamium Park, a scheduled ancient monument with 100 acres of parkland and lakes, and the stunning Gardens of the Rose, the headquarters of the National Rose Society.