The area is certainly not on the main tourist trail and probably the better for it with few queues or bus loads of tourists. Ideal for weekend breaks although regular guests to the two hotels find enough to do in the area time after time. My personal favourites include the woods at Ashridge, the Brocket Arms at Ayot St Lawrence, and the Norman abbey in St Albans.
Andrew Beale - Managing Director
Go Ape - Trent Park, Cockfosters
Trent Park is nestled in acres of beautiful woodland and just a stones throw from the capital. The park is ideal for a family day out.
Take in the views from the trees and share some amazing memories with your tribe, taking on Tarzan Swings, rope bridges and zip wires. Oh and did we mention Trent Park is home to one of our epic Skateboard Zips.
Butterfly World St Albans
This £27 million project, is a tribute to the butterfly and a dedicated centre of learning for the preservation of this fragile and beautiful species.
"Best Days Out For The Family" listed in The Times, The Observer, Independent and The guardian "The brightly coloured carpet of the largest international wildflower meadow in the UK is a sight to behold." The Times.
Lee Valley White Water Centre
Are you ready for the ultimate white water adventure?
Join us for adrenalin pumping action on the same course where Team GB won Gold and Silver.
The Making of Harry Potter - You'll have the chance to go behind-the-scenes and see many things the camera never showed. From breathtakingly detailed sets to stunning costumes, props and animatronics, Warner Bros. Studio Tour London provides a unique showcase of the extraordinary British artistry, technology and talent that went into making the most successful film series of all time.
Secrets will be revealed
The People’s Palace is yours to enjoy, the 7 acre Palace is surrounded by 196 acres of beautiful parkland, and grounds that boast a pub & restaurant, ice rink, boating lake, pitch & putt course, 1,500 free parking spaces and much, much more.
The Museum of Domestic Design & Architecture (MoDA) is located close to West Lodge Hotel at the Cat Hill campus of Middlesex University. MoDA has two exhibition galleries which tell the story of ordinary homes in the twentieth century, it also offers research facilities, public events and an active schools programme.
Set in 250 acres of stunning parkland, Hertfordshire Polo Club is easily reachable in less than 15 minutes drive from both of the Beales Hotels. Throughout the summer visitors are welcome to watch the polo tournaments held there and enjoy the hospitality of the Clubhouse. The club offers great facilities for Corporate Activity Days and Entertainment Packages. They also cater for those who want to learn how to play Polo; from complete beginners to seasoned players.
The best source of information for finding out what’s on in the local area complete with opening times
The wonderful Norman abbey of St Alban is always worth a visit
free entry to thousands of acres of bluebell woods, rolling Chiltern countryside, glorious views
One of the jewels in the crown of Hertfordshire, home to the 7th Marquess of Salisbury and minutes from Beales Hotel in Hatfield. Princess Elizabeth (later Elizabeth 1) lived here under the protection of Robert Cecil and came down to West Lodge to hunt in the Enfield Chase
Home of the Lytton family since 1490 and more widely known for huge rock concerts in the grounds. But the gardens and house are always worth a visit. And lots to keep restless families occupied too! Main Contact Martha Lytton-Cobbold
Capel Manor is the internationally renowned horticultural and arboricultural college minutes from West Lodge Park, with over 30 acres of incredibly varied gardens. Main contact Steven Dowbiggin, Principal
Hadley Wood Golf Club, about a minute from West Lodge Park, offers special rates for hotel guests at both hotels (click here for further information on Beales Hotels privileged green fees). A very fine course, designed by Alister Mackenzie of Augusta fame. Main Contact Bill Beckett General Manager
www.waterscape.com/Grand_Union_Canal/introduction The Grand Union Canal which meanders northwards through Hertfordshire from London to Birmingham is a wonderful place for a walk or a boat trip. One truly feels away from it all here.
Only minutes away from West Lodge Park are Trent Park, Forty Hall and Myddleton House, jewels in the crown of this under rated North London borough
Paradise Wildlife Park is about 20 minutes from both hotels – a wonderful zoo that is ever increasing in size and provides a great day out for families staying at the hotels. Main contact Steve Samuels
Whipsnade wild animal park is world famous for its thousands of acres on the Chiltern escarpment and animals from all over the world that are able to live in much more natural surroundings than in a cramped zoo. Well recommended.
An unmissable museum charting the rise and fall of the Roman Empire in St Albans and Hertfordshire.
The Royal National Rose Society Gardens of the Rose in St Albans have just re-opened after being completely redesigned. Very convenient for both hotels but a limited summer season only
500 acres of farm attractions within 10 minutes of each hotel. Wonderful farm shop and enough to keep the family occupied for the whole day
10’000 acres of countryside on the doorstep – a wonderfully varied country park with lakes, rivers, meadows, RSPB Rye Meads bird reserve – very handy for guests at West Lodge Park
Shaws Corner is about 15 minutes from Beales Hotel and a world away – George Bernard Shaw found peace and quiet here and the house is unchanged since his death in 1950. Enjoy a pint in the nearby Brocket Arms with the landlord Toby Wingfield-Digby after your visit.
Further into London, yet only 30 minutes from West Lodge Park is Kenwood House, the wonderful Robert Adam house in the middle of Hampstead Heath. Ideal in all weathers as the house holds the wonderful Iveagh bequest art collection, while outside are thousands of acres of glorious countryside – London at its best.