Charter Tower is a Tudor gatehouse tower, all that remains of Bury House, built between 1540 and 1595 by Richard Combes, whose coat of arms appears on the facade. The tower overlooks a public walled garden that stands on the site of Bury House. Gadebridge Park, Queensway, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, England
This once-impressive mansion was built in 1563-8 by Sir Nicholas Bacon, Lord Keeper of the Great Seal to Elizabeth I. The queen is known to have visited Old Gorhambury twice, so you can imagine that it was a very grand house in its heyday. St Albans, Hertfordshire, England
Playwright George Bernard Shaw lived for a period of 44 years in this Edwardian Arts & Crafts style house. The house has been preserved as Shaw left it, and you can see the unique revolving summerhouse where he wrote. Aylot St Lawrence, Welwyn, Hertfordshire, England, AL6 9BX
Aside from St Albans Cathedral, the only remnant of the medieval Abbey of St Albans is its 14th-century gateway, built around 1362 by Abbot Thomas de la Mere. The Gateway acted as a prison and housed one of the earliest printing presses in England. It was attacked by rioters during the Peasant's Revolt of 1381. St Albans School, Romeland, St Albans, Hertfordshire, England, AL3 4HB
The only existing civic medieval belfry in England, the Tower was built around 1405 to act as a lookout and free-standing curfew bell. There was a mechanical clock from the very beginning. A curfew bell cast in 1335 still hangs in the tower, which later served as a semaphore station in the Napoleonic Wars. Market Place, High Street, St Albans, Hertfordshire, England, AL3 4EL
Just outside Aldbury, Hertfordshire is a pretty red-brick dovecote, built in 1753 by the Duncombe family of nearby Stocks Farm. The Dovecote originally boasted nesting boxes for 964 pigeons, though half the nesting boxes are now gone. The Dovecote is now part of the National Trust's Ashridge Estate. Stocks Road, Aldbury, Hertfordshire, England
The Old Bull Inn is full of history and character and is located in the busy market town of Royston. Just 12 miles outside the Historic University City of Cambridge, only 8 miles from Europes Premier Aviation Museum at Duxford, Royston has direct rail links to both Cambridge and London.