A delightful Victorian house, Woodlands Hotel is ideally situated just a short walk from the…
Opposite the Saxon church in the attractive village of Welwyn, this 13th-century coaching inn offers six comfortable bedrooms alongside its one AA-Rosette food. Inside, it’s cosy and stylish but when the weather allows, grab a table on the terrace or enjoy a drink by the river at the bottom of the garden. There is plenty of choice when it comes to food, from lunchtime sandwiches and wraps to sharing plates and ambitious modern British dishes listed on the ‘clipboard’ menus and blackboard specials. A notable 37 wines are sold by the glass.
- Children welcome
- Children's portions
- Free Wifi
- Parking available
- Coach parties accepted
- Open all year
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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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