Best places to visit in Radlett
PUBLISHED: 08:12 11 January 2012 | UPDATED: 16:05 21 March 2016
Whether it is a walk around 175 acres of woodland, an exploration of a picturesque village or taking in a meal or show at a quality restaurant or events centre, there are plenty of things to do during a weekend spent in Radlett and its villages...
Place to go out
The Radlett Centre showcases quality music, comedians, shows and children’s entertainment all year round. Among the acts on show in January are Jackson Live in Concert (Saturday, January 14), Elvis Years (Saturday, January 21) and The Trial (Friday, January 27). The venue also hosts art exhibitions and talks. On Sunday, January 15 the centre will host an art and antiques fair with, among other items, a selection of paintings, photography and ceramics, while on January 26 the legacy of 19th century painter David Roberts will be discussed at the Radlett Art Society Lecture.
Places to eat and drink
There is a wide variety of restaurants and eateries in Radlett, with the majority – including the likes of Prezzo (Italian), Cafe Bukushi (sushi) and Indian Royal (Indian) – located just off Watling Street.
One such restaurant is Va’pensiero, an Italian restaurant which offers quality Italian fare such as risotto, pizza, pasta and salads, as well as a good selection of wine and champagne, and a takeaway service.
On the outskirts of Radlett on Cobden Hill, the Cat and Fiddle is a country-style pub which prides itself on its quality ales and catering for all the family.
A large indoor area is supplemented by an extensive garden and patio, and in addition to good drink and food the pub also hosts live bands on occasion.
The pub is run by Dominic Ingram who originally bought it in 1985 before selling up in 2004, only to reinvest again in 2011 after the pub was threatened with closure. Other pubs in the area include the King William IV and The White Horse, both on London Road, Shenley.
Place to sleep
Dating from 1906, The Red Lion pub, dining room and hotel has undergone a recent refurbishment and boasts 13 renovated rooms in the heart of the town.
Complete with all the mod-cons such as free WiFi as well as plasma TVs with Sky television all 13 rooms, from the Superior to the Classic, are en-suite.
There is also an affiliation with local gym Athletic Squared, just a few minutes walk away.
Place to play
Radlett has a flourishing sports scene, with many successful sports clubs located in and around the town.
On the eastern border of Radlett lies Porters Park Golf Club, while to the south – towards Borehamwood – sits Radlett Park Golf Club.
There is also Tabard RFC, a rugby club which has been running for more than 60 years and has a number of teams playing at their home on Cobden Hill, and Radlett Lawn Tennis and Squash Club which has more than 800 members, 11 tennis courts and four squash courts. All are open to the public.
Place to relax
Aldenham Park consists of some 175 acres of woodland and parkland set around a large reservoir on the southern border of Radlett.
Among the attractions are a children’s adventure play area, a network of footpaths and the 100 acre wood, a recreation of the features found in the Winnie the Pooh stories with the homes of Pooh Bear, Christopher Robin, Piglet and Eeyore.
The park is also noted for breeding rare livestock and is famous for its Aldenham Longhorn cattle as well as its variety of pigs such as Gloucester Old Spot and Berkshire.
Coarse fishing is also available at the park with a permit from the bailiff while Aldenham Sailing Club is also located here.
Around the villages
Get some air into your lungs with a walk around some of the villages close to Radlett. To the west you will find the small but perfectly formed villages of Aldenham, Round Bush and Letchmore Heath and on the outskirts of Radlett is Battlers Green Farm, a rural shopping complex full of delights complete with tearooms.
Or head east to Shenley, best known for the orchard and meadow at Shenley Park.
Open all year round, the orchard is home to more than 100 varieties of apples and staff can put on demonstrations of how they make the park’s own apple juice. Shenley Park also houses a walled garden and a play area for young children.
Radlett is also close to the city of St Albans with its wealth of tourist attractions including the Roman theatre, cathedral, Verulamium museum and park and a host of shops including Christopher Place Shopping Centre and The Maltings.