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- Knebworth Park
- Stevenage Leisure Park
- Harry Potter Studios
- Hatfield House
- St Albans
- Luton/ Luton Airport
- Westgate Shopping Centre
- Galleria Shopping Centre, Hatfield
- Fairlands Valley Park
- Snozone Milton Keynes, indoor snow slope
- The Gordon Craig Theatre
- Center Parcs Woburn Forest, Bedford
- Woburn Safari Park
- Woburn Abbey
- ZSL Whipsnade Zoo
- Cambridge University Botanic Garden
- Paradise Wildlife Park
The estate that housed British codebreakers during WWII is now a museum, and it's less than an hour's drive from the hotel. At Bletchley Park there's a recreation of Alan Turing's office, and fascinating exhibitions on the ace codebreaker's life and work. You can discover what wartime life was like, see original 1940s toys and hear how the Bletchley team cracked the famed Enigma cipher.
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In warm weather, the parkland surrounding Knebworth House, less than two miles from the hotel, comes alive with visitors. The house has impressive gargoyles, turrets and ornate period furnishings, but it's the grounds, complete with a dinosaur trail, an adventure playground and extensive landscaped gardens, that attract intrepid families. Watch out for special outdoor events throughout the summer.
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Take the 30-minute drive to St Albans to see what London mayor Boris Johnson called 'a miniature Britain'. You can see medieval wall paintings and climb the tower at 1,000-year-old St. Albans Cathedral, or discover a Roman theatre and mosaics at the Verulamium Museum. On Wednesdays and Saturdays, you can pick up tasty local produce at a traditional market that dates back hundreds of years.
If your kids love animals, you can take them to see lions, penguins and zebras at the Paradise Wildlife Park, 25 minutes' drive from the hotel. Hunt for tortoises in the tropical rainforest, catch a show at the Jungle Theatre, or watch the animals being fed and learn all about them from their keepers. For a special treat, book early for the chance to feed the tigers or meet the meerkats.