Things to see and do during your stay at Redcoats

Many of our guests consider Redcoats to be a “hidden gem”; we may be far enough away from London to make you feel a million miles away, but there are still tonnes of really varied attractions located no so far from us. Read on to find out more…

To help you decide how to best spend your time, we have put together a little guide of places we think you would enjoy as a starting point. Give us enough warning and we’ll even make it easy for you by packing up lunch or afternoon tea for you to take with you!


Redcoats is located on the doorstep of the historic market town of Hitchin, known for its “Fusion of Charm & Originality”. The quaint town with its cobbled market place and traditional Georgian & Tudor buildings, offers a lovely place to browse the shops, visit St Mary’s Church and the British Schools Museum, or simply relax with a coffee. For more information visit

Hitchin Lavender

A stunning Lavender farm with 25 miles of lavender rows which you can enjoy and pick your very own lavender to take home with you! At the right time of year there are also sunflowers and the ever popular Sundown Cinema! Hitchin Lavender produces its own scented products which you can purchase in the shop and while you are there treat yourself in the café too. For more information visit

Fairlands Valley Park

120 acres of beautiful parkland in the heart of Stevenage including a nature reserve, sailing lake and aqua park (summer months only). For more information visit

Knebworth House, Gardens, Park & Dinosaur Trail

A great day out for all the family with lots to do for all ages, including special events during peak seasons. For more information visit

Wrest Park

Explore the evolution of the English garden through three centuries of landscape design at this English Heritage destination. Children can enjoy the extensive play area whilst adults kick back in the café. For more information visit

Hatfield House

The historic Hatfield House has plenty to offer both young and old alike with its extensive gardens, impressive house, stable yard shopping, farm and park. For more information visit

Duxford Imperial War Museums

A popular destination for the historians among you, visit the many different exhibitions at Duxford including the American Air Museum, Land Warfare or Air & Sea exhibition or visit the secret WW2 Bunker that tells the story of Winston Churchill’s life and legacy. Not forgetting the famous air shows at various times of the year. For more information visit

Wimpole Estate

A National Trust property with an impressive mansion, Home Farm, park and gardens. For more information visit

Woburn Safari Park

For a truly memorable day out visit Woburn Safari Park where you can go on safari by road or on foot. For more information visit

Whipsnade Zoo

Take the whole family to the zoo for the day! For more information visit

Ashridge Estate

There’s plenty to enjoy at the National Trust’s Ashridge Estate, located in the Chilterns, with guided bike rides, walking trails and the Golden Valley, offering stunning ancient trees, rolling chalk downlands and beautifullush meadows. Make a day trip from Redcoats, for more information visit

Morven Park

During the 14th Century, the original medieval town of Potters Bar was the site of a toll along the Great North Road, the remains of which is located beneath Morven Park which is now 20 acres of peaceful National Trust parkland. For more information visit

Shaw’s Corner

Visit the historic country home for 44 years of the playwright George Bernard Shaw. Find out some fascinating facts about him at the height of his fame and enjoy the tranquil gardens of this National Trust property. For more information visit

St Albans

Spend an afternoon visiting the historic St Albans Cathedral, the Roman remains and admire the beautiful architecture or simply browse around the many shops, including many independent and unique shops. For more information visit

Houghton House

Originally built in 1615 and three stories high, now only the shell remains. Enjoy unrivalled views over the Bedfordshire countryside. For more information visit

De Grey Mausoleum

Worth a visit, this 18th Century Chapel has 17 monuments for visitors to admire, along with its interesting detailed history. For more information visit


Day Trips:


Did you know Redcoats is only a 30 minute train ride away from London? With regular departure times from Stevenage and Hitchin stations, it really is that simple to get to our Capital City! We can even arrange transport to and from the station for you.


Why not tie in your overnight stay at Redcoats with a visit to historic university City of Cambridge. Visit the colleges which make this City so famous, the Fitzwilliam Museum, enjoy the plethora of shops or why not try your skills at punting on the River Cam. Whatever you fancy, you are sure to find lots to do. Easily accessible by train or car, for more information visit

Milton Keynes

Stay over at Redcoats en route to Milton Keynes where a plethora of fun family activities can be found, including Big Rock Climbing Centre, Snozone, Airkix, Xscape – and not forgetting the famous Bletchley Park, home of the World War 2 code breakers and a popular film location!


There are tonnes of golf courses located a short distance from Redcoats, here are just a few:

Chesfield Downs Golf Club –
Knebworth Golf Club –
Letchworth Golf Club –
Stevenage Golf Club –
John O Gaunt Golf Club –
Woburn Golf Club –
Wewlyn Garden City Golf Club –
Wheathampstead Golf Course –
Royston Golf Club –

Countryside pursuits

Other countryside pursuits located close to Redcoats include Clay Pigeon Shooting; there are two clubs right on our doorstep: Codicote Bottom Clay Target Club and Key Gun Club, both with instructors and guns provided. Please be advised prior notice is required for clay pigeon shooting.

If staying closer to home is more your cup of tea why not ask us about the numerous walks around Redcoats, with delightful pubs as stop off points.  To make it easy we have mapped a route for you already, for more information visit

Other towns worth a visit while you are here:

Letchworth – 4 miles
Welwyn – 11 miles
Hatfield – 13 miles
Hertford – 15 miles
Harpenden – 18 miles


For visitors from abroad, Redcoats is located 20 minutes (11 mile) drive from Luton Airport; a 50 minute (31 mile) drive from Stansted Airport. With taxi and hire car companies located both at the airports and locally.