Find animals and nature days out in Hertfordshire on our comprehensive directory.  Whether you want to take a trip to a local zoo, nature reserve, farm or forest in Herts, you discover the perfect detination right here.

Top Animals and Nature Days Out in Hertfordshire


Aldenham Country Park
Aldenham Country Parl, Dagger Lane, Elstree, Hertfordshire, WD6 3BA
The Park offers a great value day out for all the family with Winnie the Pooh’s 100 Aker Wood, Pony Zone, Woodland Adventures, Outdoor Play areas, Little Farmers Play Barn and our working interactive Farm and Small Animal Petting Area! Please check this website for details of times, days and availability. Look out for our regular events, crafts and other exciting things to do.
0208 953 9602


Amwell Nature Reserve
Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust, Grebe House, St Michael’s Street, St Albans, AL3 4SN
Amwell Nature Reserve is a former gravel pit in the Lee Valley near Ware. It supports internationally important numbers of wintering wildfowl, along with outstanding communities of breeding birds and of dragonflies and damselflies. All nineteen species of dragonfly and damselfly resident in Hertfordshire have been recorded, making this the county’s best site for dragonflies. These include hairy dragonfly, red-eyed damselfly and southern hawker. The dragonfly trail is open from May to September and gives you the chance to view dragonflies close up, hunting over open water.
01727 858901


Ashridge Estate
Moneybury Hill, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, HP4 1LX
Ashridge Estate is a 2,000 hectare (5,000 acres) area of the Chiltern Hills with beech and oak woodlands, commons and chalk downlands. The best way to explore the Ashridge Estate is on foot or by bike. Miles of footpaths and bridleways give you plenty of space to explore, and if you drop into the visitor centre we’ll be happy to share our favourite routes with you. Take a look at the great child centred activities we have on offer.
01442 851227


Broad Colney Lakes
London Colney, Hertfordshire AL2 1DQ
The three lakes at this reserve are quite different from one another: one is fed by the River Colne, one is relatively still and deep and the smallest has partially developed into marshy woodland. A variety of land and water birds can be found here. Great crested grebes can be seen on the lake, along with tufted ducks, whilst in the alder trees flocks of siskins feed, along with mixed flocks of finches and tits. Otters travelling up and down the River Colne pass through the reserve.
01727 858901


Broxbourne Wood Sculpture Trail
Pembridge Lane, Brickendon, Hertford, Herts,
An exciting trail through a beautiful woodland with 8 large sculptures to keep children amused on the way round. A leaflet is available to download and print out from the website. This gives a little more information about the sculptures, why they are there and what they represent about life in the woods past and present.
0300 123 4040


Cammas Hall Farm
Hatfield Broad Oak, CM22 7JT
Cammas Hall Farm is a family owned and run business in beautiful countryside on the Hertfordshire/Essex border, in easy reach of London, which provides a great day out for all the family. As well as a wide selection of ‘pick your own’ fruit and vegetables we also have a tea barn, farm shop, nature trail and children’s play area.
01279 718 777


Cassiobury Park
Cassiobury Park Avenue, Watford, Hertfordshire, WD18 7LG
There is lots to do with children in Cassiobury Park and most of it will cost you absolutely nothing! As well as acres of space for a kick-about or kite-flying there are facilities provided by the local council. Cha Cha Cha Playground is located directly alongside the Cha Cha Cha cafe and arts centre caters for younger children and toddlers upto the age of 6. Paddling Pools Playground (reopening in 2017) is suitable for children up to the age of 14. It contains swings, numerous climbing frames and slides, a granite stone maze, a trampoline and zip wire. Charged activities: bungee trampolines, miniture railway and bouncy castle.
01923 247 868


Cat Survival Trust
46 -52 Codicote Road, Welwyn, Hertfordshire, AL6 9TU
The Cat Survival Trust is based on a twelve acre site in Hertfordshire, England, where a small band of unpaid staff manage its affairs in an overcrowded office above a shop (which sells mainly animal foodstuffs and accessories) and also care for the cats, maintain the site and buildings and do most of the construction work. They care for 10 breeds of cat including Jaguar, Puma, and Leopards.


Cheslyn House and Gardens
Nascot Wood Road, Watford, Hertfordshire, WD17 4SL
Cheslyn House and Gardens is Watford’s best kept secret and a Green Flag Award winner. Formal, open area, semi-natural woodland area, pond packed with wildlife, aviary with budgerigars, quail, assorted finches and other varieties of small birds. Plus lots of wildlife and plants to enjoy. Free entry.
01923 226400


Church Farm, Ardeley
Church Farm, Ardeley, Stevenage, Herts, SG2 7AH
Church Farm is a mixed, high welfare, ecological and low carbon food and farming enterprise, a place for wildlife, beauty, diversity, community and people. A place for people to connect with the land and food.
01438 861 447


Fairlands Valley Park
Six Hills Way, Stevenage, Hertfordshire, SG2 0BL
Built in the early 1970’s the Park has over 20 acres of open water across four linked lakes: The Balancing Pond, The Environment Lake, The Millennium Lake, and The Main Lake. The park also has 2 equipped children’s play areas, water play facility, showground, woodland, grassland, section of town-wide horse & pony route, sailing centre and café, orienteering trail and trim track.
01438 353241


Farmyard Funworld
Lincolnsfield Centre Bushey Hall Drive, Bushey , Watford, Hertfordshire, WD23 2ES
A small family attraction in Bushey. Our aim is to offer families with children a great day out – whatever the weather. If the weather is dry and bright then you can visit our FARMYARD. In our small farm your children can get up close with our farm animals plus chickens, parrots, rabbits, peacocks and much more. We have a regular twice-a-day programme of petting and feeding and, of course, our famous “CLOSE ENCOUNTERS” presentation where you can meet some of our more exotic creatures. On rainy days, keep little ones busy on our 3-storey play frame.
01923 219902


Farrowby Farm
New Inn Road, Hinxworth, Herts, SG7 5EY
This is a working pig farm. It is free to visit. There are lots of pigs to see plus free range chickens, several aviaries, rabbits, a goat and a very old turkey! There is a ‘mystery tour’ around the surrounding field and the children will love looking for the wooden posts with pictures hidden behind sliding doors. There is also a play area with a sandpit and lots of toys and ride-ons. There is a handy tea room for homemade cakes and a cup of tea.
01462 733700


Foxholes Farm
London Road, Hertford, Hertfordshire, SG13 7NT
We have opened our Farm Park for visitors and families to enjoy even more of our glorious Hertfordshire farm with new animal paddock areas, overlooking our stunning lakes, fantastic views to enjoy this summer great for picnics and walks.
01992 552900


Graveley Fruit Farm
Graveley, SG4 7EH
Welcome to Graveley Fruit Farm website, the best place to find where to get top quality Pick Your Own fruit and enjoy a fun filled day in the countryside for all the family. All our fruit is available as Pick Your Own or you can buy it ready picked in our cafe. The cafe serves teas, coffees and light snacks and ice cream. We have a large children’s adventure play area including a zip wire and a haystack, and the play area is overlooked from the cafe. So Mum and Dad can relax with a cup of tea while the kids let off steam. Tractor and trailer rides are available most weekends and include a trip over the ‘off road’ bumps at the back of the farm. Loads of fun in an adventure filled ride.
01438 727709


Hatfield Forest
Hatfield Forest Estate Office, Takeley, Bishop’s Stortford, Herts, CM22 6NE
There are ancient trees which are like big living sculptures, peaceful giants worn and fragile from centuries of seasons and use. Some of our extraordinary ancient trees are 1,200 years old! Just imagine what these trees have lived through and the stories they could tell. Whether you want somewhere for the children to let off steam, somewhere you can exercise to keep fit, or somewhere tranquil to walk where you can quietly reflect, you will be sure to find your own special place in Hatfield Forest.
01279 874040


Hatfield House and Park
Hatfield Park, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, AL9 5NQ
Hatfield House is steeped in Elizabethan and Jacobean style, alongside Victorian political history. Enjoy
historical mementos collected over centuries by the Cecil family and discover the story below stairs. Hatfield Park Farm covers around 25 acres on the West side of the House, showing traditional breeds in a natural countryside setting. Enjoy walking amongst the paddocks to see our donkeys, pigs, sheep, cattle and ponies as well as many types of turkey, ducks and geese.  Then take a free tractor ride around the farm or visit Bloody Hollow, the adventure playground.
01707 287010


Henry Moore Studios & Gardens
Dane Tree House | Perry Green, Much Hadham, Herts, SG10 6EE
Open Wednesday to Sunday & Bank Holidays – 11am – 5pm
At Henry Moore Studios & Gardens you can explore over 60 acres of grounds, showing the artist’s iconic work against the landscape he created. You can also take a tour of the Moore family’s home and the beautiful gardens created by Irina Moore. Our studios give you the chance to see behind the scenes and appreciate how Moore’s sculptures – large and small – were created. Cafe and gift shop.
01279 843333


Hitchen Lavender
Chadwell Farm, Hitchin, SG5 3UA
Hitchin Lavender is a lavender farm attraction close to both London and Cambridge.
We have around 25 miles of lavender rows which you can walk through and pick your own fresh flowers from. As well as the fields of lavender we also grow sunflowers and have a wildflower area. The farm has some spectacular views of rural Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire and there are many interesting walks surrounding us. Inside our 17th century barn we have a range of lunches and homemade cakes available and you can also browse our products and choose from our large variety of lavender plants on offer.
01462 434343


Howard Park and Gardens
Norton Way South, Letchworth Garden City, Hertfordshire, SG6 1NY
Howard Park and Gardens is a vital green space in the heart of the town surrounded by mature trees and with formal gardens around the bowls area.Facilities include a play area, refreshment kiosk, paddling pool, arge green space for picnics and games, disabled access and toilets. Close to Letchworth Railway Station and 10 minute walk from town centre with a bus stop nearby.
01462 474000


Knebworth House Gardens and Park
Knebworth House, Knebworth, Hertfordshire, SG1 2AX
Knebworth House is famous worldwide for its rock concerts and as the home of Victorian novelist Edward Bulwer Lytton. During the visitor season, Knebworth Park offers a great day out for all the family, with fun activities for children and lots to do for all ages, including Adventure Playground, Dinosaur Trail with 72 dinosaurs to find, a walk through history in Knebworth House and Gardens and special events throughout the summer.
01438 812661


Langleybury Children’s Farm
Langleybury Lane, Kings Langley, Herts, WD4 8RW
Attractions include putting green, swings, picnic area, pets’ corner, children’s play area and bouncy castle.
01923 270603


Lee Valley Regional Park
Hertfordshire, EN2 9HG
From London 2012 venues to campsites, heritage sites, cycling, walking, white water rafting, ice skating, horse riding, nature reserves and wide open spaces – you name it and it’s likely to be waiting for you in the Lee Valley.
03000 030 610


Lee Valley White Water Centre
Station Road, Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire, EN9 1AB
You’ll find gallons of fun at Lee Valley White Water Centre. From wacky white water rafting on our Legacy Loop to playful paddling on our lake, there’s plenty to keep both the little kids and big kids entertained all year round. Our family friendly activities coupled with a stroll through River Lee Country Park make for the perfect adventure day out with the family in the Lee Valley.
03000 030 616


Nickey Line for Family Walks and Cycles
Harpenden, Redbourn and Hemel Hempstead,
You can have a great time walking and cycling along the Nickey Line! Approximately 7 miles long, the Nickey Line footpath and cycle way in Hertfordshire is a former railway line (the Harpenden to Hemel Hempstead Railway). You can find plenty of wildlife all year round – see the website for suggested walks and cycle routes. The line also still has areas of open grassland which are home to a wealth of flowering plant species. The woody and grassy wildlife habitats along the line are home to a diverse range of animals from butterflies to birds and grasshoppers to shrews and foxes.
01582 622771


Northaw Great Wood
The Ridgeway B157, Cuffley, Hertfordshire, EN6 4BQ
This extensive nature reserve is one of Hertfordshire’s largest remaining historic wood pasture commons and comprises open bracken glades and wide rides with oak, hornbeam and birch woodland. Entrances for pedestrians are off Carbone Hill and The Ridgeway in Cuffley. The entrance to the car park is on The Ridgeway. Toilets open until 5pm (winter) or 6pm (summer).
01707 357000


Paradise Wildlife Park
White Stubbs Lane, White Stubbs Lane, Broxbourne, Hertfordshire, EN10 7QA
Paradise Wildlife Park is voted Hertfordshire’s No.1 by Trip Advisor and set in the beautiful surrounding of Broxbourne Woods in the Heart of the Hertfordshire Countryside. Set in 30 acres of woodland, this award winning zoo has something for everyone. Home to over 400 exotic wild animals including Tigers, Monkeys, Zebras,
Lemurs, Meerkats, Red Pandas, Tapirs, Penguins, White Lions, Wallabies, Emus, Birds of Prey, Parrots, Reptiles & Snow Leopards. It also offers a full programme of daily animal shows and events including On Safari Adventure Golf, National Speedway Museum, Animal Resource Centre plus the Jungle Theatre, Woodland Railway, 3 adventure playgrounds, Tumble Jungle & Paradise Lagoon.
01992 470490


Rickmansworth Aquadrome Nature Reserve
Frogmoor Lane, Off Harefield Road, Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire, WD3 1NB
The Aquadrome covers 41 hectares and is home to two lakes and a wide variety of facilities from wooded walks, lakes, play areas, outdoor gym, a cafe, dog-free picnic area, and green open spaces. The Rickmansworth Festival takes place on the third weekend of May every year at the Aquadrome LNR.
01923 776611


Rye Meads Nature Reserve
Rye Road, Stanstead Abbotts, Herts, SG12 8JS
Enjoy a walk round this amazing reserve and see some fantastic wildlife! Its a great day out for families, you can borrow Explorer Backpacks or “bird bingo” sheets to give children hours of fun exploring and learning about birds, minibeasts, wildlife and the environment. Rye Meads is a favourite with walkers, birdwatchers and photographers too.
01992 708383


Shepreth Wildlife Park
Station Road, Shepreth, nr Royston, Herts, SG8 6PZ
There are so many different animals to meet you won’t know where to start! Marvel at the sheer ‘roar’ power of the tigers in the Big Cat House or spy upon the mischievous primates on Monkey Island. Getting up, close and personal with the residents of the park is what it’s all about. Since opening its doors to the public in 1984, Shepreth Wildlife Park, set in natural grounds, has become one of East Anglia’s major attractions and is home to tigers, otters,
monkeys, reptiles and even creepy crawlies! There’s so much to do from daring to enter the Nocturnal House, to playing ‘pirates’ or even stroking a cockroach! The park also provides lots of unique experiences to book, from hand-feeding the ring-tailed lemurs to playing with meerkats in Meerkat Manor. It truly is a fun day out for all the family!
01763 26 22 26


Stanborough Park
Stanborough Road, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, AL8 6DF
Enjoy a visit to Stanborough Park, a beautiful countryside park, with 2 lakes covering an area of 126 acres, on the outskirts of Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire. Awarded the prestigious Green Flag Award for the past 8 years. Home of Stanborough Activity Centre, on the South Lake you can experience Sailing, Kayaking, Canoeing and Stand Up Paddleboarding in one of our many activity sessions. Opening times April – September Monday – Sunday
01707 276276


Standalone Farm
Wilbury Road, Letchworth, Hertfordshire, SG6 4JN
Standalone Farm is a delightful working farm, which is set in 170 acres of farmland. You can see a variety of farm animals including pigs, sheep, cows and
shire horses. There are daily milking demonstrations and exhibitions of natural history and farm machinery.
01462 686775


Tewinbury Nature Reserve
Between Welwyn Garden City and Hertford, along the driveway to Tewin Bury Farm Hotel, Hertford AL6 0JB
A diverse reserve nestling in the Mimram Valley, where a fantastic two storey hide gives great views of the wildlife in clear, chalk stream waters.
01727 858901


Verulamium Park
Between Bluehouse Hill and Holywell Hill, St Albans, Herts, AL1 2DL
Verulamium Park is set in 100 acres of beautiful parkland close to the city centre and is a popular attraction throughout the year with wide range of facilities. The Park is named after the Roman City of Verulamium on which it stands. The City walls and outline of the London Gate can still be seen. Verulamium Museum displays hundreds of remarkable objects that have been excavated from the ground. Facilities include: Basketball/Netball Court, Crazy Golf, Ornamental Lakes, Children’s Play Area, Playing Pitches and Splash Park.
01727 819366


Whippendell Woods
Grove Mill Lane, Watford, Hertfordshire, WD17 3TX
165 acres of ancient woodland and believed to be more than 400 years old, it is designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest due to its variety of woodland habitats. Used for a wide variety of outdoor activities including horse riding and walking. Public footpaths cross through from the West Herts Golf Club or from Rousebarn Lane. Several large bomb craters from the second world war are still cleary visible and parts of Star Wars Episode 1 were filmed in the woods!
01923 226400


Willows Activity Farm
Coursers Road, London Colney, St Albans, Herts, AL4 OPF
A wholesome day out the whole family will enjoy. Our all-inclusive price ensures a carefree day out with all shows, fun fair rides, inflatables, Tractor Ride, acres of outdoor and under cover activities plus entry to the Peter Rabbit Adventure Playground included in the entry price. Enjoy the farmyard animals, the countryside setting with delicious homemade food available in our catering outlets, gift shop, free parking and an easy to find location, just
off junction 22 of the M25.
0870 129 9718


Woodoaks Farm
Denham Way, Maple Cross, Rickmansworth , Hertfordshire, WD3 9XQ
Woodoaks Farm hosts beautiful farmland and woodland just waiting to be explored.