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Cause for celebration at Offley Place Country House

Visiting for someone's big day or a family get-together? Offley Place is a 17th-century country mansion set in acres of parkland in Hertfordshire.

It's located in the pretty, peaceful village of Great Offley between Hitchin and Luton. It's close to the A1(M), so is well connected for local accommodation.

Step back in time at the British Schools Museum

Going back to school might not sound like much fun, but this former educational establishment-turned-museum in Hitchin makes learning a joy.

It's very hands-on, with interactive science classes and puzzles and games to play with. You can even take part in a Victorian lesson, learning to write with real ink pens - woe betide you if you talk in class though.

Take the train into London

Trains go regularly from Hitchin to King's Cross, so you can soon be lapping up the dizzying array of attractions that London has to offer. Dance in the amazing fountains at Granary Square, uncover a trove of historical treasures at the British Museum or head to Oxford Street to join the throng of shoppers.

Looking for a cheap hotel Near Offley Place Country House? Travelodge Luton Hotel is a 20-minute drive from the venue. Or you could try Travelodge Toddington M1 Southbound Hotel, just off the motorway.