The 120-acre Fairlands Valley is a 10-minute drive away where you can enjoy a restful afternoon spotting local wildlife. There's a boating lake, used for windsurfing and powerboat courses, and tranquil hot air balloon flights can be booked in advance.
Stroll 10 minutes from the Holiday Inn Express Stevenage to Stevenage Leisure Park, where you can aim for a strike on the 10-pin bowling lines and catch the latest movies at the cinema. There's also a choice of friendly restaurants and a lively nightclub.
The elegant Knebworth House is becoming a popular location for large-scale events. The country house is a 5-minute drive away and hosts an ever-changing line-up of events from live music to car rallies. Visit in December for the Christmas markets.
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Exploring Stevenage's cobbled streets, with its variety of high-street stores, pubs and restaurants where you can enjoy a long lunch. The modern Holiday Inn Express Stevenage is conveniently located in the heart of the pedestrianised town centre.
Extend your stay and hop on a 25-minute train into central London from Stevenage train station for a day of shopping and sightseeing in the capital. The station is just opposite the hotel and regular trains run into the well-connected London King's Cross.