Top 10 Things to do in Harpenden, United Kingdom (UK)

December 20, 2017 Jeremy Dunfee

Harpenden is a town in the St Albans City district in the county of Hertfordshire, England. The town's population is just under 30,000. Harpenden is a commuter town, with a direct rail connection through Central London and property prices well over double the national average. Geographically it is located between (and a short distance from) two much larger neighbours: Luton town (to the north) and the city of St Albans (to the south). It is flanked by the villages of Redbourn (to the west) and Wheathampstead (to the east).
Restaurants in Harpenden

1. Harpenden Common Golf Club

Cravells Road | East Common, Harpenden AL5 1BL, England +44 1582 711320
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4.5 based on 26 reviews

Harpenden Common Golf Club

Our golf course is played on a wonderful mixture of well-manicured common parkland lined with both mature trees and gorse and has been awarded the prestigious National Green Flag.We have a brand new clubhouse opened in 2013 which offers bars and dining facilities.Visitors are welcome at most times subject to availability.

Reviewed By SeriousTraveller01 - London

I coordinated a 5-course black tie dinner for 47 people at relatively short notice (one month). Beth, their event organiser, was very helpful and quickly provided all of the background information I needed. The menu options were good and it wasn’t difficult to decide on 3 canapés, 2 starters, 3 mains, 2 Deserts, cheese and biscuits. The wine list is sensibly priced as are drinks from the bar. On the day the waiting staff did very well laying out the tables and serving the food, Martin and Tina in the kitchen delivered great food promptly and on hot plates; the bar staff were not only efficient but appeared to enjoy the disco as well. The disco and DJ were contracted separately but based upon a suggestion from HCGC. It is a modern building and easy to add décor as required. All personnel were very professional and all guests had a brilliant night. I’ve no doubt we will go there again - scoring them 10/10 is rare for me but it was excellent.

2. St Albans Cathedral

Sumpter Yard, St. Albans, England +44 1727 860780
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

St Albans Cathedral

St Albans Cathedral is the oldest site of continuous Christian worship in Britain. It stands over the place where Alban, the first martyr, was buried after giving his life for his faith over 1700 years ago.The building itself is a blend of architectural styles spanning a millennia and contains recycled Roman bricks from Verulamium. Of special interest are the 13th century wall paintings, a rare watching loft and the shrines of Saint Alban and Amphibalus, the priest who converted Alban to Christianity.

Reviewed By starbox120862 - Aylesbury, United Kingdom

What can I say- it's fantastic. Steeped in history, but beautiful as well. Loved the painted ceiling, stained glass - and the St Albans version of Bayeux tapestry, telling story of Cathedral. NB Excellent gift shop on site!

3. Stockwood Discovery Centre

London Road, Luton LU1 4LX, England +44 1582 548600
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4.5 based on 614 reviews

Stockwood Discovery Centre

Reviewed By DLM544 - Luton England, United Kingdom

Visited on a whim when it was quiet. Found all the buildings freezing cold but to be fair a lot of that was down to other inconsiderate visitors leaving doors open despite there being signs asking that the doors be closed. The displays were very interesting however most of the interactive displays were broken or just not working. The staff seemed uninterested and certainly not welcoming in fact when we first entered we thought we were in the wrong place as we felt like intruders there was no welcome smile or "is this your first visit can I help?" We actually had to initiate conversation and then we gave up as it was so begrudgingly responded to. However all that said it is well worth a visit especially with 10 to 14 year olds as it has such interesting items on display.

4. Wheathampstead Heritage Trail

High Street, Wheathampstead, St. Albans AL4 8BB, England
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4.5 based on 35 reviews

Wheathampstead Heritage Trail

Reviewed By shane s - Northamptonshire, United Kingdom

A beautiful small town near to Harpenden and St Albans which is full of little hidden gems.The river lea passes through close to the Bull pub....plenty of excellent little independent shops and restaurants...my favourite part was visiting the old disused railway and platform that laid in ruin for over 40 years until several volunteers got together in 2009 and returned the very small part pictured to its old glory.Incidentally the wooden statue is George Bernard Shaw sat on the platform....their most famous train passenger.!! Visited 29th june 2017

5. Redbourn Village Museum

Silk Mill House The Common | The Common, Redbourn AL3 7NB, England +44 1582 793397
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4.5 based on 7 reviews

Redbourn Village Museum

Reviewed By mouseHerts - Herts

This is a very small museum which is housed in 2 rooms of the Manager's house of the old silk mill. It is very comprehensive and gives you a lot of detail about the archaeology and history of the village. It is only open at certain times, but we were lucky enough to be in the village when it was open and were given an excellent guided tour. The museum is free and run by volunteers. Well worth a visit

6. Tulip Clinic

21A Wigmores North | 1st Floor, Welwyn Garden City AL8 6PG, England +44 1707 898887
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Tulip Clinic

Tulip Clinic offers powerful or relaxing massages, in spacious and relaxing surroundings - from a professional team of therapists from 10am - 9pm, Monday - Saturday, (7pm-9pm appointments only). We truly believe that massage can improve your life. So drop in to our clinic or give us a call to release muscle tension, reduce stress and improve your sense of wellbeing. Services offered - we offer a range of massage types to best suit you: (all charged at £25/30min, £45/60min, £65/90min, £85/120min) Traditional Thai Yoga Massage - A comprehensive full body treatment that relieves muscular tension, improves circulation, boosts the immune system and balances the body energetically. Thai Oil Massage - An invigorating, rhythmic massage that combines deep, firm pressure with rolling and stretching movements using palms, thumbs, elbows and knees and the application of warmed Dosha oils. Relaxing (Swedish) Massage - Relaxation massage is a gentle Swedish massage that uses smooth, gliding strokes to help you relax. The massage therapist will move at a slower pace and use lighter pressure. Deep Tissue Massage & Sports Massage - Deep Tissue Massage is a technique focusing primarily on the deeper layers of muscles and the fascia. With this technique the therapist uses firmer pressure and oil in order to reach these key areas. Back, Neck and Shoulders - A great way for busy customers to relieve tension in the parts of the body commonly associated with discomfort. Foot Massage (Reflexology) - Reflexes in the feet and hands correspond to all of the glands, organs and parts of the body. Massaging these points reduces stress and helps the body's own natural healing abilities to flourish. The benefits of massage are numerous and are listed below. Benefits of massage: - Massage can help increase joint mobility by reducing any thickening of the connective tissue and helping to release restrictions in the fascia - Massage improves muscle tone and balance, reducing the physical stress placed on bones and joints It increases flexibility in the muscles due to muscular relaxation. - Massage relieves muscular tightness, stiffness, spasms and knots or restrictions in the muscle tissue It increases blood circulation, bringing more oxygen and nutrients into the muscles. - Massage can improve circulation by mechanically assisting the venous flow of blood back to the heart. - Massage helps to reduce pain by the release of endorphins (endorphins are also known to help elevate your mood) and decreases stress hormone levels. - Massage helps to reduce stress and anxiety by relaxing the mind and body, inducing a sense of wellbeing and promoting sleep. - Massage relieves Office Syndrome. Thank you for Reading and we hope to see you soon at: Tulip Clinic 21a Wigmores North, Welwyn Garden City, Herts AL8 6PG Tel:01707 898887 Mob: 07581 370836

Reviewed By dollyxdimple - Welwyn Garden City, United Kingdom

Treated my husband to a 90 minute massage at Tulip, as he had had a very stressful week and has also been suffering from a niggling pain in his neck (not me, an actual pain in his neck ;o). I have lived in WGC for...MoreThank you for taking the time to write this kind review. We're so happy that you found us and that your husband enjoyed his treatment. We look forward to seeing you as well next time!

7. Aldwickbury Park Golf Club

Piggottshill Lane, Harpenden AL5 1AB, England +44 1582 760112
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4 based on 33 reviews

Aldwickbury Park Golf Club

Reviewed By Kaz6059 - St. Albans, United Kingdom

Since previous staff have left the rules seem to be made up as they go along. Was not happy with the service given so compalined to be told they are cancelling the wedding. Incredibly fake people which caused alot of stress to all concerned. If people choose a wedding here make sure you get everything in writing because the rules are made up as they go. Unfortunately the 2 people that made this venue in my opinion, no longer work there. When they were there there was no problems and nothing was too hard to do or accommodate. Such a shame.

8. Verulamium Park

Westminster Lodge Holywell Hill, St. Albans AL1 2DL, England +44 1727 819366
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4.5 based on 788 reviews

Verulamium Park

Verulamium Park is a public park in the City of St Albans, Hertfordshire. Along with being a wide open area for recreational purposes, the park includes all that is left of a Roman settlement from which the park takes it's name. The large amount of history on view in the park has resulted in a museum dedicated to the Historic Roman heritage upon which St Albans has been built. The park also includes a long list of facilities including; Tennis courts, sand courts, football and cricket pitches, An athletics track and field facility, a golf course, childrens play area, outdoor childrens Splash Park, a large leisure facility called westminster lodge Leisure Centre which contains a gym and indoor swimming pool, a cafe, a large lake fed by the River Ver, plenty of provision for picnics and family activities and what is thought to be the oldest and one of the most famous public houses in England called The Fighting Cocks. Overlooking the entire area is the St Albans Abbey, a large Cathedral dating back to 1077AD. The park is an epicentre of greenery and wildlife and it is a hub of social and recreational activity that the people of St Albans can be extremely proud of.

Reviewed By starbox120862 - Aylesbury, United Kingdom

We left car in parking area here then wandered round the huge and beautiful park, with large lake (much bird life including a heron), and various Roman relics (NOT the theatre- you have to exit park by museum, cross main road and it's dead opposite.) We visited the Roman mosaic / hypocaust (free: in its own little building); no time to see museum but it's an interesting 'Roman' style of architecture!

9. Elephant and Castle

Amwell Lane, Wheathampstead, St. Albans AL4 8EA, England +44 1582 832175
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4 based on 77 reviews

Elephant and Castle

Family friendly Pub with great food, two large Gardens and ample parking. Dog friendly dining area and garden as well as a quiet bar and garden. Bookings is recommended particularly at weekend. Choice of five real ales including local brews.

Reviewed By AndyBatemans

This pub is like a shot in the arm! Exactly what you’re looking for with a little pub in the country. Cycled past it in a training group numerous times over the years. Never worked out quite where it was. Glad I looked it up!...MoreThank you so much for taking the time to pen such a wonderful review. We are so pleased you decided to call in and that you enjoyed your visit so much. Looking forward to seeing you again soon Andy.

Old Bedford Road, Luton LU2 7HA, England +44 1582 546722
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4.5 based on 159 reviews

Wardown House, Museum and Gallery

Wardown House, Museum and Gallery is situated in the beautiful landscaped Wardown Park, on the outskirts of Luton town centre. The museum houses a range of displays throughout the building, including the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment Gallery and the popular Luton Life Gallery. The museum underwent a redevelopment during 2016, reopening in April 2017. Wardown House, Museum and Gallery also holds events and activities for all ages and interests throughout the year.

Reviewed By Will R - Luton, United Kingdom

The local knowledge is great, along with the exhibits. They are varied from the town to its forming, period clothing to the Football club, it's on two floors and a great place to take the family for an afternoon. More than I thought.
Depending on what you parts read and how long it takes you it will be between 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 hours.

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