Attractions to explore nearby Elstree Film Studios
Known as the birthplace of Star Wars, some of the most famous films in the world have been produced at Elstree Studios; the Indiana Jones and Star Wars trilogies, Superman, The Shining and Labyrinth to name just a few from an endless list. Most recently, Elstree has been home to The Danish Girl, Suffragette, The King’s Speech, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, World War Z, The World’s End and Paddington.
Aldenham Country Park is a 175-acre farm, parkland and woodland, adjacent to a 65-acre reservoir. Visit 100 acres of beautiful countryside, only 12 miles from central London. Enjoy the scenery, walks, explore the farm and 100 Aker Wood, home of Pooh Bear and friends. The park supports walking, fishing and sailing activities, has playgrounds, Special Needs Centre and a Disney-backed Winnie-the-Pooh theme area.
Bhaktivedanta Manor is the largest UK centre of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. It is is a Gaudiya Vaishnava temple set in the Hertfordshire countryside of England, in the village of Aldenham near Watford. Previously known as Piggott's Manor, the property was donated to the Hare Krishna movement in February 1973 by former Beatle George Harrison, after the Radha Krishna Temple in central London had become inadequate to house the growing number of devotees.
De Havilland Aircraft Museum is an organization set up to preserve Aircraft and other aviation related products produced by Sir Geoffrey deHavilland and his design team. The collection is built around the definitive prototype and restoration shops for the de Havilland Mosquito and also includes several examples of the de Havilland Vampire – the third operational jet aircraft in the world. The museum is the largest such museum devoted to one manufacturer in the country.
Bushey Museum and Art Gallery's art collection is the largest in Hertfordshire and is mainly from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, with special interest in the Monro Circle of artists, Sir Hubert von Herkomer, Lucy Kemp-Welch and the pupils of their Art Schools and other Bushey art schools. Archives relating to the collection are held in the Local Studies Centre.
A beautiful and majestic museum, housed in the former offices of Benskins Brewery. The museum has displays of local history, industry and archaeology. These include Watford at War, Print and Brewing and a display on Watford Football Club – which includes some fabulous Elton John memorabilia.
Oxhey Park is one of Watford's most iconic parks with the picturesque River Colne flowing through it. With a footbridge, play area, outdoor gym, entrances, new railings and hard landscaping including public art and the central stairway, this is now once again a very well used park in Watford but which recognises its historic connections to the former Wiggenhall Estate.
Cassiobury Park is the largest public open space in Watford comprising of over 190 acres of green space stretching from Watford town centre to woodland and countryside to the west of the town. The park is a tranquil and relaxing place, and also a great location to walk, run, fish, or, down by the canal, simply watch the boats glide past on the Grand Union Canal.
Osborne is the palatial former holiday home of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, located on the Isle of Wight. Relax in the open air as you wander rolling acres of the magnificent Osborne estate. Step inside to explore the sumptuous ground floor staterooms that were used to entertain heads of states, princes, and princesses. Admire the ornate architecture, furnishings, and fine art collection and discover Victoria and Albert’s personal taste, style, and passions.