Free Things To Do In Hertfordshire & Surrounding Areas

Free Things To Do In Hertfordshire & Surrounding Areas

One of my main goals of 2017 was to go on more adventures with the girls. Whilst on Maternity Leave we have to be very careful with the pennies so finding local free things to do is a massive bonus!

Maidenhead Aquatics
North Orbital Road, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL2 1DL

This is our go to place when its raining. Your little ones will enjoy looking at the fish and then you can sit with a hot cup of tea/coffee in the cafe where they have a free soft play area for your children to run off some energy!

St Albans Cathedral & Verulamium Park
St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 1BY & AL3 4SW

The Cathedral is simply stunning both inside and out and free to enter. Then just a short walk away you are at Verulamium Park where you can visit Inn on the Park for a snack, take a walk around the lake, participate in a family game of tennis or netball, run off some steam in the park or if the weather is nice have mountains of fun in the splash park!

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Aldenham Country Park
Aldenham Road, Elstree, Hertfordshire, WD6 3BA

If your child is a fan of Winnie The Pooh or just being outdoors then this is a must visit. 100 acre woods is free to visit along with adventure playgrounds and walks. There are also paid things to do such as visiting the farm, pony rides and sensory play. Car park is charged – correct price available on their website.

Natural History Museum
Acumen Street, Tring, Hertfordshire, HP23 6AP

Another place we like to visit when it’s raining outside. Is your child interested in animals and nature? There is lots to see and learn here. Donations are always welcomed of course!

Cassiobury Park
Watford, Hertfordshire, WD18 7LB

Lots of land to stretch those legs and a playground for the children to enjoy. It also has a nature trail which keeps the children engaged and learning. Lots of wildlife and nature to be found!


Ashridge Estate
Moneybury Hill, Near Berkhamstead, Hertfordshire, HP4 1LT

Another favourite of mine. They also have the best chocolate fridge cake in the cafe 😉 You can walk for miles, search for deer or head to the estate and check out the gardens.

Ashridge Estate

Dunstable Downs
Whipsnade Road, Dunstable, Bedfordshire, LU6 2GY

One of my most favourite places to visit. Take a kite or just go for a stroll and get an icecream? The scenery is breathtaking and there is lots of things to discover! To make it a complete day out why not take your own picnic and sit and overlook the scenery.

Stockwood Discovery Centre
Stockwood Park, London Road, Luton, Bedfordshire, LU1 4LX

Just outside of Hertfordshire you can spend some time exploring the beautiful gardens and allowing your children to run off some steam in their outdoor children’s play area! If the weather isn’t that great you can check our the indoor collection of carriages too.

And of course come and visit little old me 😉

We love to discover new places to explore so if you have any other free things to do in Hertfordshire and surrounding areas then please do contact me! 🙂



  1. February 24, 2017 / 10:28 am

    This is a great informative post! I’m in a similar situation, we have promised ourselves to always try to get out and about with the boys so finding nice things to do on a small budget is always a winner! X

  2. February 24, 2017 / 11:28 am

    oh this looks great and such fab things to do locally too – i love finding things to do on the doorstep without spending a fortune!

  3. February 24, 2017 / 12:01 pm

    Lovely. These are exactly the kind of places we love to visit. No worries about knocking anything over or getting stressed about them being too noisy.

  4. February 24, 2017 / 8:14 pm

    Makes me want to visit. Great list 🙂

  5. February 26, 2017 / 12:26 am

    Such a good post, my other half is from Hitchin so he recognised a lot of these places

    • Amy
      February 26, 2017 / 8:19 am

      Hitchin isn’t too far from us 🙂 ox

  6. Penny
    March 10, 2017 / 4:44 am

    Visit Whitwell, ‘an oasis of countryside in the middle of urban sprawl’. Park on the High Street or at Waterhall Farm and take a walk around any of the many footpaths and byways, visit the watercress beds, watch the red kites soaring overhead,and have coffee and a cake at Emily ‘s Tea Shop whilst the kids play in the courtyard and chat to the chickens!

    • Amy
      March 10, 2017 / 1:55 pm

      I’ve just looked this up and its definitely one to add to the list! Thank you ox

  7. October 12, 2017 / 9:44 am

    Great list, to visit as am also planning my trip to Hertfordshire. I am definitely going to visit these places for sure. thanks for the list.

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