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Museums & places of interest

OUTSIDE HARPENDEN

Baldock Museum

Baldock museum charts the changing fortunes of the modern market town, founded by the Knights Templar around 1148, on the site of an earlier Iron Age and Roman town. The museum also has changing displays exploring particular features of the town's history. Open: Wednesdays 11am-1pm, Sundays 2pm-4pm. The Museum is closed in mid-December, and re-opens on the first Sunday in March.more...

Baldock Town Hall, Hitchin Street, Baldock , SG7 6AX [show map]

01462 892640

Berkhamsted Castle

Visit the substantial remains of a strong and important motte-and-bailey cast, one of the oldest in England, dating from the 11th to 15th centuries, with surrounding walls, ditches and earthworks. Free entry. 10.00am-4.00pm (winter) 10.00am-6.00pm (summer) more...

White Hill, Berkhamsted, HP4 1LJ [show map & facilities]

Paid parking
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Bishop's Stortford Museum

The Bishop's Stortford Museum is housed in the original Victorian building which was the birthplace of Cecil Rhodes, financier and founder of diamond company De Beers. The museum houses a unique collection of artefacts about Rhodes and his life. Children will love playing the African instruments, using the dressing up box (which includes Victorian and African outfits), lighting up the rooms in the model of the Victorian house, doing some brass rubbing and finding out more about local history via the interactive touch screens. Free Entry.more...

Rhodes Arts Complex, 1-3 South Road, Bishop's Stortford, CM23 3JG [show map & facilities]

Free parking
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Bletchley Park

Bletchley Park, once Britain's best kept secret, is now a heritage site and museum, with exhibitions, events and ever increasing visitor numbers. The Park's breathtaking Second World War Codebreaking successes helped shorten the war by around two years. The Bletchley Park Trust's mission is to preserve and develop Bletchley Park as a world-class museum, heritage site and education centre. more...

The Mansion, Bletchley Park, Sherwood Drive, Bletchley, Milton Keynes, MK3 6EB [show map & facilities]

Free parking
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British Schools Museum

It is over 200 years since the first "Monitorial School" in Hertfordshire opened in Dead Street, but which now has the more cheerful name of Queen Street. The furnished classrooms are open to the public and equipped to show the history of elementary education from pre-Victorian times to the late 1960s. Here young and old can enjoy going back to school, to a place where "Learning Comes to Life".more...

41/42 Queen Street, Hitchin , SG4 9TS [show map]

Chiltern Open Air Museum

Chiltern Open Air Museum is a 43-acre site with woodland walks, a traditional farm, and 33 rescued historic buildings. There are special events and activities most weekends, including Vikings, Gladiators and Medieval Knights. Visitors can enjoy lunch or a cream tea in our Furniture Factory Tea Room or a picnic on the Village Green. A good value season ticket is available. Closed over winter.more...

Newland Park, Gorelands Lane, Chalfont St Giles, HP8 4AB [show map & facilities]

Free parking
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de Havilland Aircraft Heritage Centre

The birthplace of the de Havilland DH98 Mosquito and also the oldest aircraft museum in the UK. Museum open from First Sunday of March to last Sunday of October. Opening times: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays 10:30am - 5pm (last entry to museum 4pm)more...

Salisbury Hall, Shenley, London Colney, AL2 1BU [show map & facilities]

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Frogmore Paper Mill

The world's oldest mechanised paper mill - the birthplace of paper's industrial revolution. The world's first machine for making a continuous roll of paper was built here. Today it is still a working paper mill producing around 100 tonnes of specialist grade paper every year on historic paper machines. The Mill & Visitor Centre are open for drop in visits (every Thurs & 1st Sun of the month) and pre-booked tours. Boat trips are also available on Thursdays.more...

Fourdrinier Way, Apsley, Hemel Hempstead, HP3 9RY [show map & facilities]

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Hatfield House and Gardens

As well as Hatfield House itself, enjoy the manicured garden, extensive park, 9 unique shops, busy restaurant, traditional breeds farm and children's adventure playground. The House, Gardens, Hatfield Park Farm , Bloody Hollow Play Area are closed during the winter. more...

The House Office, Hatfield, AL9 5NQ [show map & facilities]

Free parking
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Heritage Park, Pitstone Green Museum

The Museum offers a fascinating and inexpensive day out for the family with many interesting displays and artefacts to see relating to farming, country life, trades and professions plus many other interesting exhibits, including three model railways, a 37 HP Crossley gas engine, stationary engines, vintage wirelesses, photographic and electrical apparatus and a WWII military aviation room with a full size reconstruction of a section of a wartime Avro Lancaster Bomber. Only open a small number of days each year. Check the website for details.more...

Vicarage Road, Pitstone, LU7 9EY [show map & facilities]

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