Not sure where to start? There’s lots to see and do here in Dacorum, so to help you narrow down your options, we’ve come up with some ideas for you.

Take a look at our Inspire me - with suggestions of itineraries for your stay ranging from day trips to short breaks.

DAY OUT WITH A DIFFERENCE

 

Frogmore Paper Mill with a narrow boat trip along the Grand Union Canal, Berkhamsted and Ashridge Estate


This day out with a difference begins at Frogmore Paper Mill in Apsely.  The world’s oldest mechanised paper mill.  Today, the mill is run by a charity as a visitor centre but you can still see paper being made, make your own paper by hand as well as learn about printing and many other paper arts and crafts.

From here you can enjoy a peaceful and quiet trip on a narrow boat down the River Gade and along the Grand Union Canal. The Grand Union Canal is Britain’s largest, the trunk route of the canal links London to Birmingham, passing through rolling countryside, industrious towns and peaceful villages.

After your visit to Frogmore Paper Mill take a visit to the historic town of Berkhamsted.  A lively town set in a valley of the Chiltern Hills, its claim to fame includes strong royal, literary and teaching connections.  As well as exploring the shops, pubs and restaurants on the high street, a short walk will lead you to the remains of Berkhamsted Castle.  The motte and bailey castle dates from the 11th to 13th centuries, with surrounding walls, ditches and earthworks.  Here, you can take a stroll back in time as you tread the same ground as William the Conqueror.

From Berkhamsted, we’ll travel by coach to the Ashridge Estate; 5,000 acres of countryside, designated both a site of Special specific Interest and an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  With miles of footpaths guiding you through ancient woodland, open parkland and chalk downland, you can relax in idyllic picnic sports, sample freshly made food at the Brownlow café or indulge in sme retail therpy at the National Trust shop.

Interesting day out in Tring

 

Explore the Natural History Museum, followed by a stroll in Tring Park and then trough Tring High for a spot of lunch and then in the afternoon enjoy a walk around Tring Reservoir.

Take a glimpse into the fascinating world of a Victorian collector and discover a huge variety of wild, weird and wonderful specimens from across the animal kingdom – from armadillos to zebras.

After exploring the Natural History Museum take a short walk over to Tring Park.

Tring Park is the perfect place to explore one of Hertfordshire’s most important wildlife habitats. Tring Park, managed by the Woodland Trust, spans 104 stunning hectares of mixed woodland and chalk grassland.

After a walk in the park you will be in need of some refreshments, walk into the lovely picturesque high street where you can enjoy a spot of lunch in the popular Akeman Inn.

In the Afternoon take a short journey onto Tring Reservoirs.  Tring Reservoirs are a haven for wildlife and among the best bird watching sports in Southern England.  Be sure to pack your binoculars. Enjoy a light refreshment at the Bluebells café at Marsworth, Tring Reservoir before heading home.

Tring Auctions and Tring Brewery

 

Enjoy a morning at the best known provincial salerooms in the Home Counties and then followed by a trip to the award winning ales at Tring Brewery.

Start your day trip off with a visit to Tring Auctions, established in 1832 and operating independently since 1992, Tring Market Auctions is now one of the best know provincial salerooms in the Home Counties.  In addition for the Fine Art Sales in which they are pleased to offer the more important items of antique furnishings, paintings and ceramics,  Tring Auction holds their renowned regular Saturday Sales of approximately 2000 lots of general antiques, collectables and household effects.

 

After auctioning some good buys head to Tring Brewery.  Tring Brewery prides itself on crafting a range of award winning ales and offering high levels of customer service.  Discover beers such as Side Pocker for Toad, Ridgeway, Moongazer and others in local pubs and bars or head to our brewery shop for beer, fresh from the cask.

DISCOVER THE WORLD OF EXTREME SPORTS

Here in Dacorum we are proud of our extreme sports facilities, for the more energetic groups – enjoy the unique and the only place in UK where you take part in this day trip excursion.

If you enjoy a day trip of adrenaline pumping and to feel the hairs on back of your necks stand up then Dacorum is the place for you and your group.

Arrive at the XC, an impressive skate park, a 14m climbing wall, one of the world’s largest organic indoor caving systems, bouldering and a challenging high ropes course. This is an adrenaline-fuelled experience.

Head off to The Snow Centre in the afternoon, the closest to real snow to London.  As Britain’s newest indoor skiing, snowboarding Snow sports destination, The Snow Centre is designed to deliver the alpine conditions every skier and snowboarder dream of.  Here you’ll find a huge 160m main slope and maintained with the perfect snow surface –perfect for all indoor skiing and snowboarding needs!

After your adrenaline rush at The Snow Centre why not enjoy a hot drink at the Schuss Barr to complete your alpine expe

FRITHSDEN VINEYARD & BRIDGEWATER ARMS

 
 
 
Enjoy the morning at Frithsden Vineyard followed by lunch at Bridgewater Arms

Frithsden Vineyard is a boutique English vineyard and winery set in the foothills of the Chilterns. We are situated a few miles north of Berkhamsted, near the beautiful Ashridge Estate. The vineyard was originally planted in 1971, by the previous owners, Peter and Ann Latchford. They enjoyed great success until the vines were grubbed up in 2001. Simon and Natalie Tooley discovered the site in 2005 and replanted it the following year. We have planted about 6000 vines at the vineyard. The varieties are Solaris, Rondo, and Phoenix. These vines are specially developed in Northern Europe to thrive in our cooler climate. Our wine is grown, pressed and bottled on site and sold in our vineyard shop.

After a visit to Frithsden Vineyard why not stop by at the Bridgewater Arms, Little Gaddesden a short distance away.

SHORT BREAKS

PENDLEY MANOR HOTEL & WHIPSNADE ZOO

Come and visit the UK's biggest zoo,  ZSL Whipsnade Zoo provides the perfect break for animal lovers of all ages. They offer the opportunity to get up close to some of the most exotic and endangered animal species in the world. 

After your day visit to the zoo why not enjoy a relaxing stay at Pendley Manor Hotel near Whipsnade Zoo

Pendley Manor, is an elegant 73 bedroom Victorian Country House Hotel in Hertfordshire, set within 35 acres of stunning grounds, boasting 15 meeting rooms for corporate conferences, elegant function rooms for weddings, parties, balls and celebrations, 73 double bedrooms, leisure facilities, 2 spa treatment rooms & a fine dining restaurant.

SHENDISH MANOR HOTEL & THE SNOW CENTRE

Shendish Manor is a splendid Manor House in 160 acres of idyllic Hertfordshire countryside, with excellent road / rail links. The well-appointed 70 bedrooms have every modern facility required. Conference and Banqueting facilities for 2 - 450. An 18 hole golf course. The Orangery Restaurant offers first class dining experiences.

Shendish Manor and The Snow centre have teamed up to offer a ski or snowboard break. Take to the slopes with a group lesson or recreational ski pass, a 3 course Dinner and overnight stay with Breakfast.

The Snow Centre Hemel Hempstead is the newest Snowsports destination in the UK with perfect snow conditions. With a 160m main slope & largest indoor lesson slope, the centre hosts a range of Skiing/Snowboarding lessons, Lift Passes, Freestyle & sledging!

WARNER BROS STUDIO TOUR

With Warner Bros. Studio Tour London not far away from Dacorum why not choose from a selection of our hotels in the borough to tie it in with your day outing to Warner Bros.  We can accommodate whatever your needs are. 

For a magical stay look no further then Dacorum Hotels.