The Cathedral City of St Albans can be found a short drive south of Luton Hoo Hotel, and just north of the M25. St Alban’s cathedral is the second longest standing cathedral in Britain, and is a spectacular building to explore. The historic market town hosts a number of cultural events throughout the year, including St Albans Music City and the St Albans Folk Festival. St Albans is a popular filming location with its mixed architecture that may be familiar, and its attractive streets are lined with a variety of speciality boutiques and major stores for a day of shopping.
Berkhamsted Castle is nestled in the scenic countryside of Hertfordshire, not too far from the town of Hemel Hampstead, and a half hour drive from the Luton Hoo Hotel. The Norman moat-and-bailey castle of Berkhamsted dates back to the 11th century, and saw the birth of many royals within its walls. Guests may enter the castle for free and wonder its ancient ground. Historic walks are frequently conducting throughout the year teaching visitors about the impressive heritage the castle holds.
Knebworth Country House
East of Luton is the wonderful country house of Knebworth, which is currently home to Henry Lytton-Cobbold and his family. Knebworth House is a popular venue for music concerts and has seen performances from the legendary Queen, Elton John, Robbie Williams and a number of other well-known performers. The country house is open to the public throughout the year, and has played host to a number of films including 'The King's Speech' and 'Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire'. For a day spent enjoying Knebworth House and its elegant grounds, prices vary between £9-£12 for adults and children.
North London's ZSL Whipsnade Zoo
The formerly known Whipsnade Wild Animal Park can be found just north of London, set in 600 acres of striking parkland on the Chiltern Hills. The zoo homes a range of different animals native to countries around the world, and has several conservation programmes running providing a safety net for vulnerable species. Entry to the park costs £21 per adult and £16 for children.
Every April, the Luton International Carnival is an exciting mixture of music, culture and dance. With last year's festival featuring an eclectic blend of afro-jazz, folk music, Moulin Rouge costumes and colourful crafts, the festival is always a completely unique experience.