Hertfordshire is close to London and offers visitors, commuters and residents alike a rich and varied landscape of gently rolling hills and river valleys, tracts of forested areas and a wealth of cultural attractions. People come here to enjoy outdoor pursuits in the Lee Valley and to visit the abbeys and castles which picturesquely litter the region. Hertfordshire is especially rich in stately homes, being so close to the capital, and piles like Hatfield and Knebworth attract visitors all year round. Knebworth can be conveniently reached by taxi from nearby Stevenage, so if you're booked in to a Hertfordshire hotel or B&B close by it's easy to get to.
Hertfordshire Hotels for the Historic Treasures of Knebworth
Knebworth House is one of the finest Tudor mansions in the land and should on no account be omitted from your itinerary. Whether passing through this part of England or staying at a nearby Hertfordshire hotel, Knebworth makes a great destination for a day trip with all the family. The Jacobean banqueting hall is one of the treasures of the house and is open to the public. The exterior of this grand old house was overlain with a Gothic exterior by Lord Lytton in the 19th century. Lytton was a famous novelist and statesman of the time and he headed a family of notable Victorian eccentrics. Fortunately his penchant for all things Gothic did not detract too much from the original features, so he can be perhaps forgiven for what would nowadays be described as an act of cultural vandalism! Anyway, most visitors seem to like it, and it's certainly 'unique' in its sheer level of extravagance!
Knebworth from Hertfordshire Hotels
When in 1877 Queen Victoria was declared Empress of India in Delhi, Lytton's eldest son was there as the Viceroy of India, and many items on display at Knebworth come from the Delhi Durbar. Another notable member of the family was Constance Lytton, a famous suffragette in the 1920s. Visit Knebworth from your Hertfordshire hotel, such as The White Hart Hotel in St. Albans, and be assured of a brilliant day out at one of England's finest stately homes.