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Greens, skis and more on the fringes of London

Surrounded by rolling countryside, Harpenden has a traditional English village feel to it but with all the conveniences of a town. Harpenden Common lies just to the south of the town centre. It stretches for a mile and hosts cricket matches, carnivals and concerts throughout the year. The town has superb transport links, with a speedy rail service into London St Pancras, and lies just off the M1 motorway between Luton and St Albans. Luton Airport is close by, so however you want to travel, you're well catered for here.

It's snow joke...

Want to hit the slopes without going abroad? The Snow Centre in Nearby Hemel Hempstead is an amazing indoor snow sports venue. It has a 160m main slope, offering thrilling skiing, snowboarding and sledging action, whether you're a novice or seasoned pro.

Explore St Albans

Get your fix of history in this picturesque city. Entry to the magnificent 11th-century cathedral is free, while the award-winning Verulamium Museum recreates what life was like in Roman Britain, with a fine collection of mosaics and wall plasters. Looking for a cheap hotel Near Harpenden? Travelodge Hemel Hempstead Gateway is a short drive from the town, Near the Snow Centre. Travelodge Hatfield Central is 6 miles away.