The town of Tring in Hertfordshire is steeped in history with links to Charles II, George Washington and the Rothschild family whose influence is still prominent today, including the famous Natural History Museum. There are a number of festivals that take place every year and the compact town centre offers a variety of excellent eateries. Only an hour from London by train or car it’s a great place for a weekend break with easy access to Waddesdon Manor, Whipsnade Zoo and other local attractions.
The market town of Tring
First mentioned in the Domesday Book, the town received its Market Charter in 1315 from Edward II. The small town centre based around the High Street has a number of excellent cafes and pubs and hosts two museums, the Church of St Peter & St Paul and Memorial Park; Tring Park is a short walk away. A well-known Antique Market Auction and a Farmer’s Market take place regularly and every year there are a number of festivals including the Tringe Comedy Festival and Pendley Open-Air Shakespeare Festival.
Places to see and things to do in Tring
The wealthy Rothschild family influenced much of the town when they owned Tring Park and were responsible for the collections and start of the Tring Natural History Museum. The Local History Museum and Pitstone Museum of Rural Life also provide some local colour. For nature lovers, the National Trust’s Ashridge Estate, NT Dunstable Downs, ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, Tring Reservoirs and College Lake Nature Reserve are all close by. There are excellent walks along the Grand Union Canal, The Ridgeway and the ancient Icknield Way. The Tring Brewery is open to the public on the edge of town.
Just for cyclists – what to do and where to ride
Set on the edge of the Chilterns there’s excellent cycling to be had for all abilities with hills to the south west and flatter routes to the north. The Chilterns Cycleway is signposted from the town centre and the train station and Herts CMS route 5 passes through town. There is a shared use cycle path from the town centre to the train station. Family and off-road cycle trails at Ashridge Estate and Wendover Woods, as well as the Aston Hill MTB Bike Park are also within riding distance.
Bike shops and hire in Tring
The town has two bike shops, Mountain Mania Cycles specialising in mountain bikes and The Road Room specialising in road bikes. Both have the same owner and are a few doors apart. They also offer spares, maintenance, bike hire and local information.
Map of Tring and surrounding area
Cycle routes around Tring, Dacorum and Hertfordshire
(as shown on map above)
- The Tring Brewery Loop (orange) – 15 or 26 mile road routes from Tring Brewery heading north to flatter ground
- Chilterns Cycleway (brown) – 175 mile signposted cycle touring route around the Chilterns AONB
- Chilterns Cycleway link (light brown) – two options linking directly to/from the railway station or going via the town centre on a shared use path
How to get to Tring
By train: Tring station is about 2 miles east of the town centre — easily reached via a shared use cycle path. There are regular trains from London Euston (45 mins),
Milton Keynes (25 mins) and Birmingham (80 mins).
By bus: For public transport and bus information, take a look at Traveline.inf0
By car: The town is just off the A41, only 30 miles from London and is around an hour from Oxford, Northampton and Reading. There is pay and display parking in the centre