To Do

in the area

There is lots to do in the local area of Down Hall, here are a few of our favourites:
Mountfitchet Castle is a unique open-air museum experience where the visitor can travel back in time over 900 years and truly witness life in a medieval Motte and Bailey castle. Explore the Castle and roam through the Norman village hidden behind the castle walls, wander in and out of the many houses and view the scenes, smell the log fires burning and feel the ambience of a bygone lifestyle. Meet and hand feed the tame Fallow deer and other rescued animals that roam freely throughout the 10 acre site. Visit the only medieval Castle and Norman Village reconstructed on its original site to exist in the world.
Mountfitchet Castle
The House on the Hill Toy Museum has over 70,000 individual toys on display ranging from humble homemade toys, Victorian toys when they were mainly only purchased by the rich to the emergence of modern technology during the 1970’s and 1980’s
House on the Hill Toy Museum
Audley End House itself is a magnificent house, built to entertain royalty and includes a Victorian Service Wing complete with kitchen, laundries and a dairy. With beautiful grounds to explore, including an impressive formal garden and the working Organic Kitchen Garden, there’s so much to see and do at Audley End House.
Audley End House
Visit the historic market town of Bishop’s Stortford with it’s charming boutiques, cosy pubs and excellent restaurants at only a 15 minute drive from Down Hall!
Bishop’s Stortford
People the world-over have been enchanted by the Harry Potter films for nearly a decade. The wonderful special effects and amazing creatures have made this iconic series beloved to both young and old – and now, for the first time, the doors are going to be opened for everyone at the studio where it first began. You’ll have the chance to go behind-the-scenes and see many things the camera never showed. Approximately 45 minute drive from Down Hall.
Harry Potter Studio Tour
Hatfield House, the home of the 7th Marquess of Salisbury, is an exquisite Jacobean jewel set in beautiful formal gardens and Great Park. The Gardens date from 1611 when Robert Cecil employed John Tradescant the Elder to plant them. Within the gardens stands the surviving wing of The Royal Palace of Hatfield where Elizabeth I spent much of her childhood and held her first Council of State in November 1558. It was here in the Park that the young Princess Elizabeth first heard of her accession to the throne. Visitors can enjoy the 1000 acres of park with bluebell walks in the woodland and park trails. The Jacobean Hatfield House has a fine collection of pictures, tapestries, furnishings and historic armour. Approximately 45 minute drive from Down Hall.
Hatfield House
Enjoy everything Cambridge has to offer from its historic University, excellent restaurants and some of the best shopping around, only a 40 minute drive from Down Hall
Come and visit Paradise Wildlife Park, the most interactive zoo in Britain. Based at Broxbourne in Hertfordshire, they are open all year round, every weekday and weekend!
Paradise Wildlife Park
With over 270 species to see, set in 60 acres of beautiful parkland and lakes, Colchester Zoo is well worth a visit. There are over 40 daily displays, an undercover soft play area, 4 adventure play areas, 2 road trains and much more!
Colchester Zoo
Hatfield Forest is the only remaining intact Royal Hunting Forest from the time of the Norman Kings and is now maintained by the National Trust.
Hatfield Forest
IWM Duxford is set within the spacious grounds of the famous former First and Second World War airfield. Lose yourself for a whole day wandering under and around some of the most iconic aircraft in the world and get hands-on with our award-winning interactive exhibitions. IWM Duxford is home to an impressive collection of over two hundred aircraft as well as tanks, military vehicles and boats
Duxford Air Museum
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