From agricultural origins, Harpenden has developed into an attractive small town. Designated a conservation area, the tree-lined High Street has many listed 17th and 18th century buildings, interesting shops and a variety of pubs and restaurants.
The hotel is close to a wide range of attractions, such as historical Hatfield House. Open from April to September, Hatfield House displays superb examples of Jacobean craftsmanship in the form of beautifully carved wood and a rare stained glass window. The State Rooms are rich in famous paintings, fine furniture, tapestries and historic armour. When the Gardens were first designed in the 17th Century, they contained many plants and trees from Europe that had never previously been grown in England. In the garden can be found the Great Hall, the surviving wing of the Royal Palace of Hatfield (1485) where Elizabeth I spent some of her childhood.
For another cultural day out, head to Knebworth House where generations of the Lytton family have lived for 500 years. Knebworth House has many historical connections. To name but a few, the house was host to Elizabeth I; Charles Dickens acted in private theatricals performed here and Winston Churchill's painting of the Banqueting Hall hangs in the room where he painted it.
Other nearby attractions well worth a visit include the Royal National Rose Garden, Hertfordshire Show Ground, Old Albanian Rugby Club, Walled Garden at Luton Hoo, Stockwood Park. For a full day of family fun Whipsnade Wild Animal Park is one of Europe's largest wildlife conservation parks. In a beautiful setting of 600 acres of parkland, elevated on the Chiltern Hills, Whipsnade is home to over 2,500 animals including several endangered species.
The historic city of St Albans has been welcoming visitors for over 2,000 years and has something for everyone from Roman history and churches to pubs and markets. The magnificent cathedral would be reason enough for your visit with its ghostly happenings - but there is also the rich treasures of Verulamium, the third town of Roman Britain.
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