Clarion Collection Hotel St. Albans
Ryder House 27 Holywell Hill
St. Albans, EN AL1 1HG
Phone: (44) 1727 848849
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Arts & Museums
The Verulamium Museum near the Saint Michael's church comprises of archaeological collections from excavations throughout the region showcasing the history of the town during the Iron Age and Roman era. These include the colorful mosaics, jewelery, tools and coins from the Roman era. Call to know more.
Founded in 1898, Museum of St Albans makes an attempt to capture the essence of St Albans and put forth a complete picture to visitors. The displays, objects, charts and paintings depict the lives of locals way back in medieval age. It traces the amazing growth of this town from a small village to a now modern city. Apart from the local history, the museum also hosts contemporary exhibits and events that cater to different age groups. The adjoining garden is also quite an attraction with its beautiful lawns and a special kids trail. For more details, check website.
Formerly known as the Mosquito Aircraft Museum, The de Havilland Aircraft Heritage Centre is a stunning aircraft museum that features an impressive collection of airplanes that were used during the second world war. The museum's displays center around the de Havilland Mosquito prototype that was a favorite airplane, thanks to its versatile use. For those who love to explore the technology and mechanisms of war aircraft, the collection at the de Havilland Aircraft Heritage Centre is truly a treat to the eye. Check website for further details.
Mill Green Museum is found on the site of a watermill that is more than a thousand years old. Undoubtedly, the main highlight of the Mill Green Museum is the fully operational watermill. Dating back to the 18th Century, this watermill has been restored completely and lies next to the Mill Green Museum. A visit to the watermill allows you to understand the entire operational process, right from how the water turns the wheel to the mighty gear wheels moving the stones and grinding flour. Today, this water-powered corn mill at Mill Green Museum remains one of the few of its category that still produce flour.
The Bushey Museum and Art Gallery is a hidden gem in the city of Hertfordshire showcasing local history and culture. On display is a wide collection of archaeological artifacts, historic documents, maps and census materials of the city from the past century. But the main attraction is the gallery dedicated to Sir Hubert von Herkomer whose School of Art in Bushey was a famous destination for art students all over the world. Another renowned works on display are of Lucy Kemp-Welch who was famous for her illustrations in the novel, Black Beauty. There are also many other paintings by major artists who were drawn to Bushey by its reputation. The museum is run by a charitable trust and is free of charge but donations and funds are encouraged, required for further expansions and maintenance.
The Political Cartoon Gallery displays a wonderful range of political cartoons and caricatures. It is the only place of its sort in the world. It covers the whole history of political cartooning from its onset till the present. It also has short term exhibitions concentrating on specific topics and hosts the political cartoon-of-the-year awards. They have plenty of original cartoons for sale and can search their database for specific cartoons. There are also books and coffee mugs on sale, alongside a small cafe. The low entrance fee is refundable on the purchase of an item on display.
Bentley Priory was originally built in 1766, however the structure has undergone a number of changes and extensions over the years. It has variously been used as a private residence, hotel and a school before coming into the ownership of the Royal Air Force in 1926. After the RAF relinquished the property in 2008, most of the property has been converted in to a private residence and housing development, however the Grade II listed officer's mess, with its fabulous Italian gardens, has come to be the Bentley Priory Museum. The museum focuses on the history of the priory in relation to its role as a RAF base during the Battle of Britain and Cold War. The museum chronicles the various influences and people who shaped the events of the historic battle, eventually leading to victory. Exhibits include a number of artifacts taken by the RAF during World War II, the preserved offices of Air Chief Marshal Sir Hugh Dowding and numerous Royal Portraits. A spectacular illustration of one of Britain's most significant victories, the Bentley Priory Museum is a great place for history buffs. Apart from regular opening times, the museum is also open on the third Saturday of every month, and group or school tours may be booked on other days as well.
Formerly known as Stockwood Park Museum, Stockwood Discovery Centre underwent a refurbishment and reopened in 2008. Located a few miles away from the town center, the Stockwood Discovery Centre hosts exhibitions that displays collections on geology, archeology, local crafts and history. The museum is surrounded by period gardens that add to its splendor. Apart from this, Stockwood Discovery Centre is also held as one of the finest event venues of the town. It hosts corporate events, seminars and other gatherings on a regular basis. Check website for more details.
The Mossman Collection is a museum that houses the work of George Mossman of Caddington who built, restored and drove several horse-drawn carriages over 50 years. All his collections were donated to the museum in 1991 and can be viewed by people, free of charge in the Stockwood Discovery Centre. It is the biggest collection of its kind in the country. The landua from the 18th Century and barouche from the 19th Century are very unique and unusual vehicles which well preserved in the center.
The Barnet Museuem is a small museum showcasing local history and artifacts from the ancient era to modern times. It has a comprehensive collection of pictures, maps, books and documents donated by local residents who wish to preserve the culture of the city. Entry to the museum is free and visitors can easily access the library and reference collection for local and family research. Some of the popular items on display are axe heads from teh Bronze age, army and battle weaponry from the medieval era and items recovered from the World Wars. The museum is run by a local charity and welcomes donations and funds which are required for expansion and maintenance purposes.
The Bow House Gallery is one of the nicest art galleries in Barnet and welcomes visitors with its lighthearted and cheery ambiance. It possesses an impressive permanent collection of sculptures that are interesting and unusual. The gallery which is housed inside the cellar of an old house owned by John Brown is also a great place for artists to meet and network with fellow-artists.
The Wardown Park Museum is a wonderful museum in Wardown Park, Luton is dedicated to Bedfordshire’s traditional crafts. Hat-making and lace-making being the two most popular crafts of the town, the museum boasts of a vast collection of over 600 women’s hats and a detailed gallery exhibit called 'Threads of Life' showcasing the craft of producing lace and samples of Bedfordshire lace. Other features of interest in the fascinating museum include decorative artwork and beautiful Saxon jewelry. The museum is housed within a stunning Victorian estate complete with a lush green lawn which itself merits a visit. The museum is also home to a quaint little shop which comprises an extensive array of Dolls House Furniture and various other books and memorabilia regarding local history. Visitors can stop for a beverage and some treats at the Tea room within the mansion.