With diverse urban areas on the tube in north west London, to leafy rural idylls still within commuting distance of the capital, Hertfordshire offers something for everyone. This explains why it's so popular with families, many of them escapees from London. Harpenden, Bishop's Stortford and St Albans are all busy market towns with plenty of family friendly restaurants and children's activities.

From Roman ruins at Verulamium in St Albans to the latest special effects at the Harry Potter tour at Leavesden there are plenty of family attractions to enjoy. Woodland walks at Heartwood Forest in Sandridge, the Hitchin lavender farm and Butterfly World in St Albans are great for nature lovers, while Aldenham Country Park near Elstree has a Winnie the Pooh themed 100 acre wood as well as a petting zoo.

The historic house at Knebworth offers plenty for a family day out, Paradise Wildlife Park has a variety of animal experiences from meerkat days to zookeeping and Shepreth Wildlife Park is also a popular choice. Willows Farm near Radlett is an excellent petting farm and season passes are good value for those with younger children as it's a great day out.

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