A visit to Tring would not be complete without a meander along the High Street with a wealth of independently run shops, cafes, bars and restaurants, each renowned for their warm Chilterns welcome. Many are family-run businesses that have been long established in this historic market town, and typify the long history in local specialty food. In 2015, Tring celebrated its 700th year as a market town, with the Friday Charter market trading in the same place on the high street.
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Tring Natural History Museum was built in 1889 to house the incredible private collections of Walter Rothschild, a keen zoologist, eccentric and determined character. When he died, the building and collections were gifted to the nation, and became part of the Natural History Museum based in London. Whilst much of the interior retains its unique Victorian charm, the museum has a regular program of inspiring exhibitions and events
The Memorial Garden, located at the east end of the High street, was formed from a small town-side section of Lord Rothschild’s 300-acre Tring Park. It was originally created to commemorate the loss of those who laid down their lives in WW2, and now for those who fell in all wars. Holding Green Flag status since 2012, the garden features a giant redwood, fish pond with attractive fountain, flower beds, rivers of bulbs in Spring, and many benches to sit and enjoy the scene.
With the second largest area of unimproved chalk grassland in the county, Tring Park is an important wildlife habitat. Covering an area of 264 acres, it contains a mosaic of habitats such as chalk grassland, scrub, mixed woodland and parkland, all landscaped by Charles Bridgeman in the late 17th and early 18th centuries. The whole area collectively supports a diverse range of butterflies, birds and plants including; lady’s bedstraw, yellow rattle, saxifrage and salad burnet in summer. A 10 minute walk from the High Street, the park includes a stretch of the Ridgeway National Trial which passes through a handsome avenue of lime trees knows as King Charles Ride. There are beautiful views of the town and Chilterns to be enjoyed from here.
First recorded in The Doomsday Book as a church and belfry in 1089, the lovely church of St Peter and Paul on the high street is open every day. As a magnificent medieval church, right in the centre of town, it is the place to visit to learn about the church’s architecture, the medieval Tring Tiles, the Victorian Gore Memorial, and our George Washington connection.
The Local History Museum located just off the high street, is a good place to start your Tring visit as it sets the scene from prehistoric to modern times, through the days of the Peasants Revolt, the coming of the canal and railway, the cottage industry of straw plaiting and the huge changes made by the fabulously wealthy Rothschild family. There is much for children to do, including an archaeological dig, jigsaws and dressing up. Remarkable Victorian photographs are shown alongside reproductions of the famous medieval tiles. The museum is also the starting point for the Tring Heritage Trail which can be followed in map form or using the free App.
Enjoy the buzz of anticipation and buyers’ excitement in the independent Tring Market Auctions purpose-built sale rooms. Fine Art & 20th Century Decorative Art Sales feature fine collections of furnishings, collectables and works of art, Art Deco, Art Nouveau, Arts & Craft, 20th century designer furniture, studio art glass and pottery, abstract and collectable art.
Tring Brewery is a local independent brewer steeped in the Tring’s history, proudly offering the biggest selection of locally brewed cask, keg and bottled beer in Hertfordshire. Both CAMRA and SIBA acclaimed and awarded both “Chiltern Craft Beer of the Year 2017” and “Best Beer in Hertfordshire 2017” for their Pale Four American pale ale. A proud small business within the Chilterns whose passionate team members are on hand to provide complimentary samples of a wide range of styles and strengths. This passion is further extended by providing two different tour formats, which offer a fun and informative insight into beer and brewing.
Puddingstone Distillery is Hertfordshire's first gin distillery and the home of award winning Campfire Gin. Located on the P E Mead Farm Shop site it is just 5 minutes by car from Tring in Willstone. Very popular with the locals, their range is expanding and can be tasted at the distillery shop that is open Fridays and Saturdays where Campfire Gin and seasonal specials can be tried and purchased. The popular tasting tour evenings are run on Thursday nights. Other events such as cocktail making demos & dine at the distillery are run throughout the year.
Tring Reservoirs: explore the waterways around the old market town, enjoying the serenity of the Grand Union Canal and Tring Reservoirs that provide an excellent aspect from which to appreciate the rolling chalk hills and quiet Chilterns woodlands. They attract large numbers of breeding and migratory birds, meaning the waterways are now a valuable wildlife habitat. There is a selection of walks which take in nearby villages and hamlets.
College Lake Nature Reserve is Tring's best kept secret. Situated just outside the town, this former quarry has been transformed into a haven for wildlife, complete with visitor centre, café, shop and trails around the reserve. College Lake is well-known for its geological history and beautiful summer backdrop of orchids and cornfield flowers. Enjoy bird watching from the many the bird hides. Group & school visits welcome.