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Apart from its great swathes of countryside, fabulous culture and vibrant towns and cities, the beauty of Hertfordshire is that it is within easy reach of most places in the south of England. Within an hour you can be in the centre of London or by the sea in Essex and Stansted Airport is just over the county border.
A popular day out is a trip to Cambridge. A short drive north, it’s a city for all seasons but if you’re visiting during the summer months make sure you take a punt down the River Cam. Take inspiration from the many beautiful museums and art galleries as well as some stunning architecture and majestic college buildings. Quaint passages lead off from the historic market place and colleges, and there are some delightful independent shops as well as well known high street names. There are plenty of places to eat and relax and if you’ve got time, why not catch a show at the Arts Theatre or see live music or comedy at the popular Corn Exchange?
And if you’ve managed to fit in a trip to Cambridge, why not visit Oxford too? Equally accessible from Hertfordshire, it will take about an hour from the west of the county, you can take a tour around this beautiful city, compare its dreamy spires with the Cambridge architecture and visit one of the museums, galleries or the Botanic Garden. Oxfordshire has featured in many films and TV programmes over the years. Why not take a journey in the famous footsteps of Harry Potter or Inspector Morse and explore some of the magical locations you will recognise from the screen around the city and county.
If you cross the Hertfordshire border at the east into Essex, just an hour’s drive will take you to the water front. The charming town of Burnham-on-Crouch is a renowned yachting centre and home to rich maritime heritage. This former oyster port offers visitors a delightful day out, whether you’re looking for an activity such as walking, sailing or bird watching or a little relaxation in the many restaurants, pubs and cafes. Often called the ‘Cowes of the East’, Burnham-on-Crouch has a distinctly nautical atmosphere but retains an air of laid-back relaxation. It isn’t a town one would pass through, you have to decide to visit here and it feels as if you are stepping back in time. Burnham is a favourite haunt for daytrippers and has some great places to relax and while away the time.
It’s just 32 miles from Hertford to London and whether you’re driving or going by train, you can be in the centre of the city in under an hour. Choose from the wide variety of entertainment in the West End or perhaps a trip to one of Buckingham Palace’s open days during the summer months.
Your visit doesn’t have to cost the earth either. There are many museums and galleries that are free to visit or you could take a self-guided tour on one of the many historical walks. The choice is endless when it comes to the capital.
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