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Top 10 Hidden Gems in Hertfordshire

Updated: Jan 3

Your Ultimate Guide to exploring off-the-beaten track locations scattered across Hertfordshire.

According to recent surveys, Hertfordshire is one of the best places to live in England. And apart from the buzzing towns and cool restaurants, there are so many hidden gems around the county that outsiders may never have heard of. Why not check out some of these hidden beauties the next time you're around Hertfordshire?

In this article, we share the top 10 hidden gems in Hertfordshire which you need to add to your Hertfordshire bucket list this year. We hope you enjoy!

1) Old Gorhambury House

Visitors can enjoy stunning views and a lovely experience when walking through the ruins. You can really imagine what it must have been like back in the day. To give some history, it was built by St Nicholas Bacon in 1560s, who was Lord Keeper of the Great Seal, to house Elizabethan.

2) Roman Theatre of Verulamium

The Roman Theatre of Verulamium is a very underrated hidden gem in St Albans. It is definitely well worth a visit to understand the prominence of the city in Roman times. In the summer, visitors can enjoy experiencing it as an open air venue for various festivals.

3) Hypocaust & Roman Mosaic

This gem is a very detailed mosaic floor located inside the building which houses and protects it. Some say it's in a very strange location, however it is free to visit and take a look so it's worth it.

4) Berkhamsted Castle

Fans of visitors will love what's left of the Berkhamsted Castle. It dates back to William the Conqueror 1066, however there isn't much left of the castle (but the history of the site is so fascinating). Once you've seen the ruins and walked the perimeter, it's also worth taking a stroll through Berkhamsted itself.

5) London Gate

The Park has many Roman gems scattered around it, but this one is one of the coolest. This section shows the remains of a Roman wall which surrounded the city in the past. Interesting fact; this gate linked St. Albans to Watling Street, and the ruins are an example of Roman masonry and the way in which they constructed the city.

6) Roman Wall of St Albans

You'll be surprised at how many of the locals in St. Albans don't know about this beauty of a hidden gem! It's amazing to see how the culture has been preserved and the original wall has been captured and maintained.

7) Welwyn Roman Baths

The Welwyn Roman Baths is a very interesting place for anyone with an interest in history. Visitors can admire the archaeological remains of a Roman bath house once attached to a villa complex discovered in the 1960's.

8) Watercress Wildlife Association

A hidden gem just off the River Ver and the Alban Way. The entrance to the Watercress Wildlife Association is located between houses, so it can be quite tricky to find, but it's definitely worth the effort. Come here to escape the hustle and bustle of St. Albans.

9) Panshanger Park

Panshanger Park is a wonderful place to relax and take a a walk in the countryside. There are loads of opportunities to see wildlife with information boards telling you what there is to see around the area!

10) Bushey Rose Garden

Bushey Rose Garden is a very secluded and small park with loads of different flowers for flower-lovers. It's often described as a tranquil place which is also free to use and is a charming location loved by all ages.

We hoped you enjoyed discovering the local finds and less known places which are scattered around Hertfordshire. We are confident that visiting some of these hidden gems will make your Hertfordshire trip even more memorable!

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