Gorgeous Georgians and Regency Rakes!





The Tour / Experience

This tour takes in a host of colourful characters from Hertford’s past – some were gorgeous but others were anything but.  At the site of the gaol we will meet notorious highwaymen and at Shire Hall we learn about a sensational murder trial that captured the nation’s attention.  And amongst all the Georgians we have a Jacobite who was sent to the Tower of London.  Art, literature and scientific endeavour feature too.  At St Andrew’s church we will meet an early pioneer of inoculation against small pox, who travelled to Russia to inoculate the Imperial family.  We can eavesdrop on the local gossip thanks to the diary of the “Hertfordshire Pepys”. And was Hertford the fictional Meryton in Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice”? If so, we will see where Mr Darcy refused to dance with Elizabeth Bennett. All this set against the backdrop of a town that saw some new elegant houses built. As well as the unusual Egyptian House inspired by the conquest of Egypt by Napoleon.

Tour lasts 2 hours and will follow the government guidelines on social distancing.


The Highlights: 

  • Egyptian House – a rare example of Egyptian architecture inspired by Napoleon’s conquest of Egypt
  • An early pioneer of inoculation and a Baron of all the Russia’s
  • Queen Victoria’s drawing master and an artist who painted the first landscapes of Australia
  • Tales from the gaol and the “Flying Highwayman”


Tour Details:

Start: Pick up or meeting location, distance from train station of Salisbury Square or Hertford

 End: St Andrew’s Church


Contact Details:

Email: info@hertsbesttours.co.uk


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About the guide

Name: Elizabeth Eastwood

Qualifications: East of England

Languages: English