Our Top Five Things to See and Do in Tring
Sarah and I wanted to share with visitors to Tring our top 5 things to see and do in this beautiful old market town that can be found in the heart of the Chilterns countryside. Its character was much influenced by the Rothschild family who lived at Tring Park Mansion from 1872 until the 1940’s, now known as the Tring Park School for the Performing Arts.
Read on to find out more and then do pop into Beechwood’s on Frogmore Street to say hello and let us know what you thought – of course, you can enjoy a cup of a tea and a slice of Sarah’s homemade cake at the same time!
1. Natural History Museum in Tring
Part of the Natural History Museum, Tring houses one of the finest collections of stuffed mammals, birds, reptiles and insects in the UK; the collection was given to the nation by Walter Rothschild on his death in 1937. Visit the Museum website to find out more. You might also be interested to note that the Museum has featured in the Midsomer Murders episode ‘Murder on St. Malley’s Day’ pictured alongside.
2. The Ridgeway National Trail and Tring Park
The 87 miles of the Ridgeway National Trail follows the ancient path of travellers, herdsmen and soldiers. From Wendover the trail runs through Tring Park, overlooking the market town of Tring. Tring Park originally belonged to Tring Park Mansion, but the 300-acre parkland is now managed by the Woodland Trust, and provides wonderful open space for walkers and naturalists alike. The trail then continues alongside Tring Station and over Pitstone Hill, before ending at Ivinghoe Beacon, just 5 miles northeast of Tring.
3. The Court Theatre
Established in 1978 and just one of the delights of the town, the Court Theatre at Pendley puts on a wide variety of weekly events, shows and concerts throughout the year. Visit the website to find out more and view upcoming performances.
4. College Lake Nature Reserve
This former chalk quarry near Tring is widely regarded as one of the best places in Buckinghamshire to view water birds in their [near] natural environment, and provides a truly memorable wildlife experience for the whole family. For further information and details of the facilities, visit the Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust website here.
5. The Tring Town Trail
The Tring Town Trail identifies a walk around just some of our town highlights, starting and ending with the Natural History Museum (see above). The trail leaflet includes a map and a description of places of interest around the town. Although not mentioned on the trail itself, the Corpus Christi Church, which can be found on Langdon Street, was used as Father Behan’s church in ‘A Sacred Trust’ – again from Midsomer Murders. You can download and print the Tring Town Trail leaflet here.