Today I took the boys to Berkhamstead which is a small town close to Tring in Hertfordshire.
Berkhamstead is a lovely town to take a walk through and the Grand Union Canal passes through it, along which there are lovely walks.
We were headed to Berkhamstead Castle. Its not brilliantly signed unfortunately, however it is right next to the train station which is well signed !!
The castle is managed by English Heritage and is completely free to enter.
The original castle was built by William the Conquerors brother and is meant to be a days march away from the Tower of London. Construction on it began in 1066.
Berkhamstead Castle is mainly now in ruins but its great for the imagination as the boys were trying to imagine how it would have looked when it had water in the moat and all its walls in tact etc.
They really enjoyed playing hide and seek around the site and in the centre there is a great big open space ideal for running around !
You can walk up to the top of the "Bailey" and there are two wells on site to look at. There is a good view from the top and if you like trains a railway line passes right next to the site and every couple of minutes we saw trains passing through.
There are lots of handy information boards around the grounds which were useful in gaining some facts about the site and an idea of what it would have looked like when complete.
We then took a walk by the Canal before the boys spotted a fab little independent toy shop complete with massive playmobil firefighter outside of it !!