Short Break in Hitchin

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One Night British Inn Stay with Breakfast For 2

  • One night stay - Sunday - Friday
  • Two night stays - 7 days a week (subject to availability)
  • British hotel or Inn
  • Comfortable double or twin room

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About Hitchin

Hitchin, a charming market town in the heart of Hertfordshire, England, offers an idyllic setting for a weekend break. With its rich history dating back to the 7th century, Hitchin combines the allure of the past with the vibrancy of modern life, creating a perfect backdrop for exploration and relaxation. This picturesque town, with its beautiful streetscapes, historic buildings, and inviting green spaces, provides a rich tapestry of experiences for visitors seeking both calm and adventure.

As you meander through the town's narrow lanes and historic market square, the essence of Hitchin's medieval past becomes palpable. The market square, which has been the focal point of the town for over a thousand years, continues to host a thriving market every Tuesday and Saturday. This bustling marketplace offers everything from fresh local produce to artisan crafts, providing a glimpse into the town's community spirit and a chance to engage with local traders.

One of Hitchin's most enchanting features is its well-preserved medieval street plan, which invites leisurely exploration. Strolling through the town, you encounter the St. Mary's Church, a magnificent example of English Gothic architecture. The church, which stands as one of the largest parish churches in Hertfordshire, not only showcases stunning architectural details but also serves as a serene oasis, offering moments of reflection and peace.

Hitchin's commitment to preserving its natural and architectural heritage is evident in the Hitchin Lavender Farm. A short drive from the town centre, the farm presents a vibrant tapestry of colour and scent during the blooming season, with rows upon rows of lavender stretching towards the horizon. Visitors can wander through the fields, pick their own lavender, and enjoy the breath taking views of the Hertfordshire countryside, making it a perfect spot for relaxation and photography.

The town's rich tapestry of history extends to the British Schools Museum, located in the heart of Hitchin. This unique museum, housed in the original Victorian and Edwardian school buildings, offers a fascinating insight into the history of education in Britain. With its authentic classroom settings and interactive exhibits, the museum provides a vivid portrayal of school life in the past, appealing to visitors of all ages.

For those interested in arts and culture, Hitchin does not disappoint. The town boasts a vibrant arts scene, with galleries, theatres, and live music venues offering a diverse range of performances and exhibitions. The Hitchin Folk Club, known for hosting some of the best folk music in the country, provides an intimate setting for enjoying live performances, while the Market Theatre offers a varied program of plays, comedy nights, and film screenings.

Hitchin's culinary scene mirrors its cultural diversity, with an array of dining options that cater to every taste and preference. From cosy cafes serving homemade cakes and coffee to fine dining restaurants offering innovative cuisine, the town's eateries showcase the best of local and international flavours. The town's pubs, many of which are historic buildings with their own stories to tell, offer a warm welcome and a taste of traditional English hospitality.

As the day draws to a close, Hitchin reveals its quieter side. The town's parks and river walks provide tranquil settings for evening strolls, allowing visitors to unwind and reflect on their day's adventures. Accommodation options in Hitchin range from charming bed and breakfasts to boutique hotels, ensuring a comfortable and restful stay.

A weekend break in Hitchin offers an opportunity to step back in time, immerse yourself in the beauty of the English countryside, and enjoy the warmth and hospitality of a vibrant community. Whether you're exploring its historic landmarks, enjoying the arts and culture, or simply relaxing in its beautiful natural surroundings, Hitchin provides a memorable escape that caters to a wide range of interests and desires.

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