Hertfordshire is home to medieval caves, historic churches and even the filming location of Harry Potter.  This county is on the border of London and has the perks of both the city and the countryside. There are plenty of must-see sites for a weekend mini break – especially if you are a history buff. 

St Albans 

St Albans was the second city to be built in Britain after London, two thousand years ago. Verulamium Park is home to an impressive mosaic and hypocaust. Just next door is Verulamium museum with even more mosaics and displays of soldiers helmets and masks.

If you are visiting at Christmas time, make sure to check out the festive market for carols, food and activities. With so many Christmas events, St Albans is the perfect place for a pre-Christmas holiday. 

Hitchin 

Hitchin is the classic English fairy-tale town. It has cobblestone streets, quirky houses and of course, St Mary’s church. This church was built in the 7th century during the earliest days of Christianity – pretty amazing right? 

Visit Hitchin during July and August to catch the lavender fields, outside of the town, in full bloom. Hitchin Lavender Farm will let you collect lavender for a small price and you can check out their shop of lavender soap and candles too. 

Stevenage 

Catch the train from Hitchin to Stevenage to avoid traffic and visit two destinations in one go! Did you know that Stevenage is England’s first “New Town”? It was built after the Second World War and is filled with characterful houses and pubs. 

Knebworth House has hosted huge music names, including Pink Floyd, Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin. It is open to the public all year round and even has a dinosaur park for kids. 

Warner Bro Studios

If history isn’t really your thing, make sure to visit the Warner Bro Studio Tour of Harry Potter in London. The infamous tourist site is the perfect place for any Harry Potter fan. You can walk through the Forbidden Forest, see Gringotts Wizarding Bank and grab an Instagram with Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans. 

Hatfield House 
Hatfield is one for the royalists out there. Queen Elizabeth 1 spent most of her childhood here and it became her preferred residence as an adult. Although it has been altered since, Hatfield House still has Elizabeth’s gloves, silk stockings and the Rainbow Portraits from the 17th Century.