There are a range of interesting cultural days out in Hertfordshire, whatever yours and your relatives’ interests are. From remnants of Roman Britain, to playwrights’ homes, to fantastic museums and discounted trips to the cinema, there is sure to a spot of culture that suits you and your family.
If you are looking for more days out suitable for all the family in Hertfordshire then you may want to read our Guide to the Top 5 Accessible Days Out in Hertfordshire, which includes Knebworth House and the Cathedral of St Albans.
Below you can read more about the best cultural days out in Hertfordshire, including information about accessibility, price and and parking.
- Cultural Properties in Hertfordshire
- Hertfordshire’s Best Museums
- Silver Cinema Screenings in Hertfordshire
Cultural Properties in Hertfordshire
English Heritage Sites
Hertfordshire has a number of fantastic properties and sites managed by English Heritage. There are discounts available on English Heritage membership for older people. You can find out more from our guide to the Best Discounts for Older People in Hertfordshire.
Berkhamsted Castle is one of Hertfordshire’s most impressive and historical buildings. It was first built in the late 11th century, and has passed through many royal hands through the centuries including Thomas Beckett and the Earl of Cornwall. It notably also became the first building in Britain to receive statutory protection from Parliament.
There are guided tours and interactive tours throughout the day, meaning you will have the opportunity to learn a great deal more about its history when you visit Berkhamsted Castle.
In terms of accessibility, the main path into and through the Castle is surfaced with gravel but suitable for wheelchairs.
Prices: Free Entry
Opening Hours: 10am-6pm during British Summer Time, and 10am-4pm during Greenwich Mean Time
Parking: No parking on site but charged public parking, not managed by English Heritage, is available close by at the railway station or in the town centre. There are also blue badge holders’ parking nearby at Canal Fields.
Old Gorhambury House
The remains of Old Gorhambury House can be found just outside St Albans. This house was originally an immense mansion, constructed in the 1560s by the Lord Keeper of the Great Seal, Sir Nicholas Bacon. It was visited a number of times by Queen Elizabeth I, and is a Grade I listed building. Sadly, only a small amount of the original house remains as it fell into disrepair a few centuries ago. Nonetheless, the remains are an impressive site!
In terms of access, the site’s terrain is grass, with some gravelled and paved areas. There are a few steps but these can be avoided.
Prices: FREE ENTRY
Opening Hours: Open most days of the year during any reasonable daylight hours, but not earlier than 8am or later than 6pm
Parking: The walk or cycle up Gorhambury Drive to the site is about 2 miles from the nearest parking. Closer access by car to parking at the house is limited to Thursdays from May to September between 2pm-5pm only.
Roman Wall of St Albans
The Roman Wall of St Albans, which was built between AD 265 and 270 to defend the Roman city of Verulamium, can still be traced for most of its two-mile circuit. It was, at the time, Roman Britain’s third largest town, and an incredibly important one in both Roman and British history. A visit to the wall and walk around the surrounding area can be a great experience in trying to consider the history of this Hertfordshire site. The surviving foundations of two towers and bastions, and the London Gate, are also incredibly impressive and absolutely make the Roman Wall deserving of a visit.
Regarding access, most of the wall is accessible from within Verulamiun Park.
Prices: FREE ENTRY
Opening Hours: Open any reasonable time during daylight hours
The National Trust own some Hertfordshire that would make for a great day out with your older relatives. You can read about the perks of National Trust Membership in our article on the Best Discounts in Hertfordshire.
Shaw’s Corner was once the home of the Irish philosopher, politician and playwright George Bernard Shaw, who won the 1925 Nobel Prize for literature and is regarded by some as being Britain’s 2nd ever greatest dramatist (hard to knock William off top spot!). Today, his home, near Welwyn, remains much in the state in which he left it. You can walk from room to room, enjoying the beautiful Arts and Crafts interiors, and exploring all sorts of links to the past. There are also a beautiful and tranquil gardens for you to enjoy the peace of.
Access-wise, there are 2 steps up to the house but there is a ramp available. There is level access to most of the gardens. Access to the upper floors of the house are stairs-only, unfortunately.
Prices: £9.20 for adults, £4.60 for children
Opening Hours: Last entry to the house is 16.30.
Parking: Designated mobility parking in main car park
Hertfordshire’s Best Museums
British Schools Museum
The British Schools Museum is an educational museum based in Hitchin, Hertfordshire. It is set in original Edwardian and Victorian local school buildings; in fact, it is in the world’s last remaining purpose-built Monitorial schoolroom. The buildings are very impressive, and Grade II listed. It is also a great day out for older people to think about their school days, compare how different things were in Victorian times, and how different things are now!
The majority of the museum is wheelchair accessible, however the Headmaster’s House and Gallery Classroom are not.They offer video tours of the Headmaster’s House and Gallery Classroom for people who cannot access them. Large print of text panels and exhibition descriptions are also available.
Prices: Adults £6.50
Opening Hours: Tuesday – Sunday from 10:00am – 4:00pm
Parking: The only visitor parking available at the museum is for Blue Badge Holders.
Natural History Museum at Tring
The sister museum of the NMH in London, the NMH in Tring has a fantastic collections, focused on animals but with temporary exhibitions also. It is seen as housing one of the finest collections of stuffed mammals, birds, reptiles and insects in the United Kingdom. A great day out for people in Hertfordshire who enjoy nature and learning more about the animal kingdom!
Prices: Free entry
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday, 9.00-17.00
Parking: The Museum’s Akeman Street car park has 33 parking spaces, with two reserved for Blue Badge holders. Dawes Park car park has approximately 50 parking spaces, with three for Blue Badge holders and two parent-and-toddler spaces.
Silver Screenings in Hertfordshire
Silver screenings are cinema showings just for older people, at a reduced cost. They make for a fun and cheap trip out with friends for older people, and often the cinemas show classic films that your relative may remember from way back when. You can find below details of the silver screenings in Hertfordshire.
Odeon Hatfield Silver Cinema
Odeon offer a silver screen scheme at their cinemas in Hertfordshire. As part of this scheme people aged 65 can enjoy a trip to the cinema for just £3, including a cup of tea or coffee, and snacks! In Hertfordshire, the only ODEON cinema is in Hatfield.
VUE Watford Senior Cinema
VUE Senior Screenings are open to all guests who are aged 60+. Tickets are available at a reduced price, which includes a hot drink and biscuits. You will need to check showings, times and prices at your nearest VUE to find out which senior screenings are running. There is a Hertfordshire branch of VUE in Watford.