The Natural History Museum at Tring
An unusual museum built in 1889, exhibiting a range of animals, collected by its founder Lionel Walter, 2nd Baron Rothschild, scientist, eccentric and natural history enthusiast. Home to the world-class research and collections of the Natural History Museum's Bird Group. A programme of temporary exhibitions, activities and events make any visit a unique day out.
Facilities – at a glance
Suitable for all child ages
Assist dogs allowed
- Parking onsite
- Parking nearby
- Fully accessible
- Facilities: Lift access public areas, disabled parking space, virtual tour
- Accessible toilets
- Open all year
- Opening Times: Open all year, Mon-Sat 10-5, Sun 2-5. Closed 24-26 Dec
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About the area
As Hertfordshire is so close to London, many of its towns have become commuter havens. St Albans, less than 19 miles (30km) from the capital, has retained its distinctive character, along with many historic remains. The Roman city of Verulamium is situated in a nearby park, and excavations have revealed an amphitheatre, a temple, parts of the city walls and some house foundations. There are also some amazing mosaic pavements.
The abbey church at St Albans is thought to have been built on the same site where St Alban met his martyrdom in the 3rd century. The abbey was founded in 793 by King Offa of Mercia, and contains the saint’s shrine, made of Purbeck marble. Lost for years, it was discovered in the 19th century, in pieces, and restored by the designer of the red telephone box, Sir Giles Gilbert Scott. The abbey also contains some wonderful medieval wall paintings. Nicholas Breakspear was born in St Albans, the son of an abbey tenant. In 1154 he took the name Adrian IV, and became the first, and so far only, English pope. Another famous son of Hertfordshire was Sir Francis Bacon, Elizabethan scholar and Lord High Chancellor, born in Hemel Hempstead in 1561.
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