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PUBLISHED: 10:05 23 August 2011 | UPDATED: 19:53 20 February 2013

Hertford Castle

Hertford Castle

As the county town of Hertfordshire, Hertford is a thriving community which welcomes thousands of visitors each year to enjoy all it has to offer...

Place to discover...

At Hertford Museum there is currently an exhibit on show where visitors can discover what life was like during the times of the Tudors.

Visitors young and old can find out how gruesome diseases were treated in the 16th century, what punishments were dished out for those who broke the law, and the types of delicacies that were served up during this fascinating period of British history.

The Mud, Sweat and Beer Everyday Life in Tudor Times is on until Saturday, September 3.

Hertford Museum: 18 Bull Plain, Hertford, SG14 1DT 01992 582686 open Fri/Sat 10-5.

Place to explore...

On Sunday, August 21 Hertford Castle is holding an open day.

The event, which runs from noon until 4pm, will allow visitors the opportunity to see castle exhibits, regalia from Hertford Town Council whose offices are housed in the castle and other objects which will be showcased on the day.

Admission to the event is free, and there will be refreshments.

Hertford Castle, Hertford, SG14 1HR, 01992 552885.

Place to see...

The witch at Hertingfordbury

Buried in the graveyard of St Marys Church in Hertingfordbury lies the witch of Hertingfordbury, Jane Wenham, who in 1712 was the last person to be sentenced to death for being a witch.

Although found guilty, Wenham found leniency from the judge at the trial who commented, it is said, that there is no law against flying and helped secure a pardon for Wenham from being sentenced to death. Wenham went on to live another 18 years before being buried at St Marys Church following her death in 1730.

Place to eat...

If you are a little bit peckish on your visit to Hertford, you will be spoilt for choice as there are a variety of cuisines to choose from, from French and Indian food to Mediterranean dishes and a tea bar.

Open from 7am on weekdays and 8am at weekends, the House Bar and Kitchen at Hertford House offers a tantalising selection of dishes from whole sea bass to pasta, pizza and risotto.

Table reservations can be made through the House reception.

Hertford House, 1 Fore Street, Hertford, SG14 1DA, 01992 517440.

Place to drink...

The Prince of Wales pub offers a warm and comfortable setting in which to kick back and relax after a day spent exploring. Enjoy a drink from the vast range offered from the finest wines to the selection of real ales, some of which are produced at breweries in Buntingford and Tring. Why not also try some of the mouth-watering menu that is available daily and is made with as many locally sourced ingredients as is possible.

The Prince of Wales, 244 Hertingfordbury Road, Hertford, SG14 2LG, 01992 581149.

Place to stay...

The Salisbury Arms Hotel sells itself as Hertfords friendliest pub, and invites visitors to join its family (many of the staff have been working at the hotel for more than 15 years). And with an introduction like that, who can resist? The hotels history dates back more than 200 years and being located in the heart of the current town centre, it is at the hub of everything that happens in the town and is an ideal location for weary travellers.

The Salisbury Arms Hotel, Fore Street, Hertford, SG14 1BZ, 01992 583091.

Place to be entertained...

Hertford Corn Exchange showcases the best of local artists plus touring musicians and comedians.

The club, in Fore Street, is a smart, modern venue which has already seen psychic medium Susan Devere and musician John Otway tread its boards this year, and has plenty more artists hoping to perform before sell-out crowds.

For more information, call the Corn Exchange on 01992 442992.

Hertford Corn Exchange, 39 Fore Street, Hertford, SG14 1AL.

Place to relax...

To the east of Hertford are The Meads, a large area of riverside flood meadow which stretches from the town eastwards towards Ware.

The land is used to graze cattle, but the area is also home to rare plant life including the likes of marsh dock and pyramidal orchid.

There is a natural boundary to the north of The Meads as it follows the route of the River Lea as it makes its way east, with a cycle route running alongside it.

As a nature reserve, the area provides a habitat for wildlife such as ducks, waders, bats, otters and dragonfly.


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