From historic houses and scenic gardens to fantastic restaurants and fun nights out, there are many romantic things to do in Hertfordshire for couples.
Whether you’re looking for date ideas in Hertfordshire, venues to have a special evening together, or just want to find a fun activity to do together in the county, check out this blog for our top recommendations.
1. Look around Hatfield House
With 400 years of history and 40 acres of gardens, Hatfield House is one of the most popular attractions in Hertfordshire.
It’s a lot of fun exploring the many rooms inside the house, which have been used as filming locations for numerous films and TV shows such as Spiderman: Far From Home and The Crown. There’s also a lot of history inside, with Queen Elizabeth I having spent much of her childhood there.
The gardens are also the perfect place for a romantic stroll, and on a hot day it’s a beautiful location to have a picnic together.
2. Catch a movie at The Odyssey
While there are many cinemas in the county, one of the most romantic things to do in Hertfordshire for couples is to have a night out at The Odyssey in St Albans.
The Odyssey is a historic cinema that dates back to 1908 that was restored in 2014 back to its 1930s design. With the stylish and unique design, as well as a bar where you can grab drinks and snacks, it’s a great venue for a special evening together.
Make sure to have a look well in advance as there’s only a single screen, but you’ll find a range of recent releases, foreign films, and classic movies.
3. Play a round at Top Golf
If you’re after a fun date night in Hertfordshire, head on over to Watford for a game at Top Golf.
From their climate-controlled hitting bays, take a swing and try to hit the different targets. Keep score and it’s a great way to add some friendly competition to a date.
There’s a bar with plenty of options for food and drink too, so you can hang around and chill for a while before and after your game too.
4. Have a romantic meal for two
Hertfordshire is home to some incredible places to eat, from memorable independent establishments to brilliant gastro pubs.
Plan a meal out around a visit to other locations around Hertfordshire. For more inspiration, check out our blog on the best restaurants in St Albans with our pick of places to eat in one of the nicest cities in the county.
5. Visit Knebworth House
Another beautiful country house in Hertfordshire is Knebworth House, which dates back to the 15th century.
Not only is the house interesting to wander around, there are also 250 acres of parkland to explore which make the perfect backdrop for a romantic walk.
6. Walk around Ashridge Estate
Covering a 5000-acre area of the Chiltern Hills, Ashridge Estate has some of the best locations for a walk in Hertfordshire.
Now managed by the National Trust, one of the best things to do in Hertfordshire for couples is get lost in the peaceful woodlands.
At the centre of the estate is Bridgewater Monument, a tower built in 1832 which you can climb to the top of and get amazing panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.
7. Head to Paradise Wildlife Park
While lesser known than other major zoos in the UK, such as Whipsnade, Paradise Wildlife Park is an amazing location for a fun day out in Hertfordshire.
With everything from lions, tigers, tapirs, and lemurs to lizards, snakes, penguins, and owls, there are plenty of animals to see to make it worth a visit.
There’s even a mini golf course too, so there’s no shortage of ways to have fun.
8. Enjoy a drink at the local pubs
Hertfordshire has many great pubs that offer great locations for either a romantic drink or a tasty dinner out.
Some of these pubs are full of history too. For example, Ye Olde Fighting Cocks, one of the best pubs in St Albans, dates as far back as 793AD.
9. Take to the slope at the Snow Centre
One of the most fun things to do in Hertfordshire for couples is heading to the Snow Centre in Hemel Hempstead.
With a massive 160m slope of real snow, it provides a much more exciting experience compared to dry ski slopes that you can find around the country.
With temperatures between -2 and -6, you’ll have to dress appropriately, but all the gear you need is available to hire and you can book lessons too if you need them.
10. See snowdrops at Benington Lordship gardens
A hidden gem in Hertfordshire, Bennington Lordship is a private family home which was built around 1700 and has gardens that are open to the public for select dates throughout the year.
The Benington Lordship gardens are most famous for the spectacular displays of snowdrops that can be seen in February and cover parts of the gardens as well as the remains of a Norman keep.
Walking through these gardens and seeing these snowdrops is one of the most romantic things to do in Hertfordshire for couples, so make sure to plan a visit for February.