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Hertford: Bustling with rich heritage

Hertford has consistently been voted one of the best places to live in the UK, and we're not surprised. The town centre is a hive of activity, with a lively mix of restaurants, pubs and independent stores contributing to its character. This pretty town is rich in history, too. The Parliament of England met here in 1563 after an outbreak of the plague in London, and Grade-I-listed Hertford Castle, first established by the Normans, still stands today. Want to find out more? Visit the Hertford Museum, which houses an incredible 80,000 historical artefacts.

Travel back in time at Hertford Castle

Hertford Castle has survived countless wars, imprisonment and the Black Plague. The only remaining part of the castle, the gatehouse, was built by Henry VIII, and Queen Mary used it to imprison Protestant martyrs. Now, the castle is hired out for weddings and private events, but you can take a stroll through the grounds and admire the beautiful 16th century architecture.

Stunning countryside on your doorstep

With the Meads nature reserve stretching from Hertford to Ware and 1000 acres of Grade-II-listed greenery at Panshanger Park, you've got nature on your doorstep in Hertford. Don't forget to head to the Hertford Basin to watch the barges float down the river. Planning a trip to Hertford? Travelodge Hatfield Central and Travelodge Harlow are located less than 20 minutes away, perfect for a day trip into the town centre.