20 May 2019 | Student Advice

Less than half an hour away from the hustle and bustle of central London, Hatfield is the perfect escape to bring Mum and Dad to. Surrounded by beautiful countryside and trees galore – Hatfield is the perfect combination of a vibrant town and rich heritage, and has lots to offer for you and the rents to explore…


The Most Important Meal of the Day

Right, before your weekend with Mum and Dad begins, you’ll need some seriously tasty grub to set you all up for the next few days. Less than a 10-minute drive from Luna accommodation is the quirky Breakfast Club: it’s not just the charming exterior and chic decor that draws people in, the extensive menu ranging from traditional classics, to American pancakes, and variations of rarebit will certainly have your parents wanting to come back for more.

If you’re looking for more of a light breakfast then don’t hesitate to make the 15-minute journey to Hatch. Sandwiches and wraps galore, and if one of you has a sweet tooth then their range of waffles will certainly do the trick. If waffles are on the brain then you have to scoot on over to the Waffle house in St Albans. Sweet or savoury – The Waffle House has it all! It’s constantly buzzing and you’re unable to reserve a table, but it doesn’t matter because the service is super-quick and queuing makes the mouthwatering waffles that extra special.



Where To Go and What To Do

Before your activities get well underway, you have to take the parents to the stunning Hatfield House. Known as where the city ends and the countryside begins, Hatfield House looks as though it’s been handpicked by the creators of Downton Abbey and is placed perfectly in the centre of Hatfield. The overall estate is huge and there’s so much you can get up to:

• Hatfield Park Farm
• Church Hall
• St Etheldreda’s Church
• The Old Palace
• Fore Street Lodge
• Stable Yard Shops
• Old Palace Garden
• Sundial Garden
• Woodland Garden
• Elephant Dell
• Hatfield Park
• Elizabeth Oak

Probably the most picturesque setting in the South of England, Hatfield House is the perfect Instagram moment – get teaching your parents how to hashtag!

Now, it’s not a trip to Hatfield without visiting The Galleria. Full to the brim with shops, restaurants, and activities – you and the parents will be spoilt for choice! Why not treat the parents to the latest blockbuster in the cinema and then, who knows? They might be feeling generous themselves and take you out for a delicious meal. All under one roof, what more could you want?

If it’s a bit of history and heritage you want to show the parents then St Albans Cathedral is a must. Just a 15-minute drive away – it’s the place where Britain’s first Saint was buried. The cathedral is the oldest Christian place of worship in Britain and is steeped in hundreds of years of history and fascinating stories.

With beautiful rose windows and towering carved statues – the Cathedral really is something special. If the stunning sights takes your breath away, then you can stop to catch it with a pit stop in Abbot’s Kitchen. Known to serve homely, cosy, proper British dishes, this little eatery is almost an attraction in itself!

On the way back we recommend nipping into Eight Bells to experience the traditions of an old English pub. Plus, if you’re familiar with Oliver Twist, this is the very pub where Bill Sykes visited in the novel – it’s also the pub where Charles Dickens himself stayed too!


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