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Top visitor attractions to visit near Watford

A vibrant, historic market town with excellent travel links to Central London, Watford is full of tourist attractions. There’s something for everyone such as theatres, museums, country parks, stately homes, football stadiums and even the Harry Potter Warner Bros Studio Tour! Below are just a few of our favourite visitor attractions near Watford:

Warner Bros Studio

Harry Potter fans will be delighted to know that the Warner Bros Studio in Leavesden is just three miles away from the centre of Watford. Perfect if you’re looking for a magical, fun-packed day the whole family will enjoy. The Studio Tour is full of the real life props, costumes and sets that were used in the making of the Harry Potter films. You can even walk through the sets for the Great Hall and Diagon Alley. And if you’re thirsty after all that exploring, you can enjoy a glass of butterbeer!

Warner Bros Studio

Cassiobury Park

The main town park in Watford, Cassiobury Park, sits within the original grounds of Cassiobury House. Once owned by the Earls of Essex and demolished in 1927. It’s a gorgeous park packed with things for people of all ages to do. There are cafés, splash pools, bandstands, a miniature railway and much more.

Cassiobury Park is also a fantastic place to admire the wildlife of Hertfordshire. With canals that support water pipits, green sandpipers, grey wagtails and redshanks. There are also many exotic trees, some dating back hundreds of years.

Chenies Manor House

One of the UK’s finest Tudor mansions, Chenies Manor House is a Grade 1 listed house set in an estate in the village of Chenies, just seven miles outside Watford. There are some exciting (and spooky) features of the estate include a dungeon, a priest hole and a Mediaeval well. The mansion has seen some royal visitors over the years, including the likes of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I! The grounds are open to the public every Monday and Tuesday between April and October, or look out for their special events.

Chenies Manor House

The Grove Hotel

Nestling in 300 acres of beautiful countryside The Grove Hotel and Spa is home to one of the UK’s most prestigious golf courses. It has welcomed many leading golfers including Tiger Woods (2006) having hosted a World Golf Championship event and the British Masters (2016).

Watford Palace Theatre

A striking Edwardian Grade II listed structure, Watford Palace Theatre first opened in 1908 and has been at the heart of the community ever since. The theatre’s team produces plays, musicals, dance and family shows. They run free outdoor festivals, stand-up comedy gigs and creative community projects. They also run a much-loved annual pantomime.

Vicarage Road Stadium

Home to Watford FC, Vicarage Road Stadium is a must for any football lover visiting the area. Vicarage Road has been the Watford team’s home since 1922, and currently has a capacity of just over 22,000. The ground also has a stand named after Sir Elton John, a lifelong fan.

Watford Football Club Vicarage Road Stadium

Watford Museum

Watford Museum is an attraction that is steeped in local history. Built in 1775, it is a Grade II listed Georgian townhouse that housed a brewery until 1957. The museum has rooms on local industry, history and archeology. There is even a room dedicated to Watford FC! It houses valuable artwork from the Cassiobury estate, and also has many artefacts related to printing and brewing in Watford. The museum is open on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Links to Central London

One of the brilliant things about Watford is that it offers the perfect balance of countryside and the city. As it is just 40 minutes from Central London by train. If you want a change of scenery or to visit some of London’s key tourist attractions; Watford is an excellent base to venture from.

If you would like to visit these top visitor attractions near Watford. Or are looking for somewhere convenient and friendly to use as a base to visit London; get in touch to find out what we have available for you.

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