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Top Day Trips within 45 Minutes of Hatfield

26 Sep 2018
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If you’re a student looking for things to do near Hatfield, you’ve come to the right place. Whilst this historic town has it all, from retail outlets and restaurants to roller-skating and river cruises, it’s within easy reach of many interesting places – including London! So here are five day-trip destinations that are all within 45 minutes of Hatfield.



20 minutes by train

Must-see attractions: Knebworth House, Fairlands Valley Park, Hampson Park

Stevenage is the first new town developed in the country – it offers a timeless mix of heritage, shopping experience, and exciting events to keep every type of student entertained.

The old town itself keeps the authentic feel, with quaint and unique shops located not too far of a walk from the main train station. Situated a few miles outside of Stevenage is the picturesque Benington Lordship Gardens, which surround a stunning Georgian manor house – perfect for winding down after an exam. If you’re up for some adrenaline-filled activities, why not have a go at kayaking, windsurfing, or angling at Fairlands Valley Park – the jewel in the crown of Stevenage?


St Albans

25 minutes driving

Must-see attractions: St Albans Cathedral, Christopher Place Shopping Centre, Maltings Mall

Are you a History student in Hatfield? Then you’re in luck: St Albans attracts particular interest thanks to its wealth of remarkable heritage from over two millenniums of human occupation.

That’s not all that St Albans has to offer – the Christopher Place Shopping Centre is only a short walk from the cathedral if you fancy a little retail therapy; St Albans is home is to some of the most popular high-street brands like Whistles, Reiss, French Connection, Neals Yard, and more. While the Maltings Mall offers a theatre and numerous dining options. Not to mention that this historic market town lies on a hill above the left bank of the River Ver, which means views that will make your jaw drop!



30 minutes by train

Must-see attractions: Buckingham Palace, London Eye, Tate Modern, and many more…

Welcome to the Big Smoke! London is the most visited city in Europe attracting 27 million visitors every year, which isn’t surprising because it’s a city that never tires – there is just so much to do here that you can entertain yourself for months and perhaps even years.

London is whatever you want it to be. Here you can find anything from student budget-friendly night-outs to swanky dining spots; even if you’re after some unusual events and weird goings-on like innovative suppers and Beyoncé dance classes (yes, you read that right), they’ve got the lot!



40 minutes driving

Must-see attractions: Warner Bros. Studios Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter

Want to see a first-class show or concert but don’t want the hustle and bustle of the capital? You’ll be glad to hear that Watford is home to some great nights out in the theatre and music scene – with three much-loved venues, each filling a different niche. Whilst Watford has a thriving city centre with all the amenities you could ever want from a large town, the surrounding areas of green belt are well worth a visit too!



40 minutes driving

Must-see attractions: Stockwood Discovery Centre, Wardown Park Museum, Dunstable Downs

What do you think of when you think of Luton? The airport and a few estates, no doubt – but Luton has so much more to offer than that!

Here you can find the Stockwood Discovery Centre, which is designed with environmentally green and sustainable principles in mind. Here, you can learn more about the history of the region – all the way from prehistoric times to the evolution of Stockwood House and the Farley estate. If the sound of soft and relaxing live jazz performances is music to your ears (pardon the pun), check out the Bear Club, where you will find the best beer, gin and whisky selection in the Luton town centre.


Have we inspired you to explore further afield? We hope you’ve found something on our list to suit your interest! Don’t forget to give us a shout-out on Facebook if you do decide to check out these places!

Not a student in Hatfield? Not to worry: we also have a travel guide for students in Cardiff, and plenty of top travel tips for students on our blog!