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5 unique and wonderful winter days out in Hertfordshire

PUBLISHED: 12:17 25 November 2015 | UPDATED: 17:14 25 November 2015

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Here is our guide to 5 unique winter days out in Hertfordshire so wrap up warm and explore.

St. Alban’s Cathedral, St. Albans

Being the oldest site of continuous Christian worship in Britain, St. Alban’s grand cathedral has plenty of interesting history which you can find out on a free guided tour. When the weather is cold, this inspiring architecture will provide a welcome sanctuary. With a café, Christmas events over the festive period, and talks and study days to participate in, there is plenty to do at this cathedral, built on the burial site of St. Alban who died 1,700 years ago. www.stalbanscathedral.org

The Natural History Museum, Tring

Walter Rothschild’s zoological collection remains one of the largest private collections in the world. Part of the Natural History Museum since Rothschild’s death in 1937, this collection is open to the public and is housed in the beautiful Victorian museum in Tring. Take your time perusing the glass cabinets of wonders from around the world. www.nhm.ac.uk

Rye Meads Nature Reserve

Wrap up warm, pack a flask of something hot and head down to Rye Meads wetland nature reserve beside the River Lee. You can go exploring, bird watching, or just find a spot and watch nature living around you. You can enjoy guided wildlife watches, art afternoons for the children, Christmas pond dipping and much more. www.rspb.org.uk

Watford Palace Theatre

What could be better on a winter evening than snuggling into your seat at the theatre watching a live drama, opera or film? With all of these and more on offer, Watford Palace Theatre with its elegant interiors and wide selection of entertainment will be a charming night out. watfordpalacetheatre.co.uk

Verulamium Park and Museum, St. Albans

With over 100 acres to explore, this park has an ornamental lake with a heronry and other water birds, more nature areas with trees and meadows, and a café to warm up in. On the site there is the Verulamium Museum which has hundreds of interesting Roman objects that date back to the time when the Verulamium park was a Roman town. All with a beautiful view of the cathedral and abbey church, this will prove to be both a fascinating and relaxing day out this winter. www.stalbansmuseums.org.uk

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