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Top places to live in Hertfordshire Tring

There's far more to this under-the-radar market town than a museum and a famous performing arts school. Find a high street packed with indies, a family-friendly feel and direct access to the Chilterns.

WHY?

If you love the idea of hip Berkhamsted but can’t quite stretch to the house prices, allow us to introduce you to Tring. It might not have the high street restaurant chains and high-end boutiques, but you will find everything you need and more on the pretty high street, which is buzzing with independent shops, restaurants and cafés and has a real community vibe (I should know – I live here!). Plus there are acres of green space to be found on the doorstep, with a direct train into London. It really is the best of both worlds.

EAT

There’s a fab selection of independent restaurants to choose from in Tring. First off, there’s the recently opened smart Italian, Storia, housed in the old Post Office building for pasta and woodfired pizza, and Mimi’s for pizza, posh burgers and Sunday roasts. The Akeman‘s all-day set up will see you through from brunch to beers and if you like curry, then Olive Limes hits the spot with its fab food and friendly service. If you’re after something a bit fancy, book a place at the chef’s table at Crockers and you won’t be disappointed.

Coffee-wise you’ve got newly opened Nonna’s Supper Club and Italian Deli, the great Black Goo for amazing cake, and coffee aficianado’s fave, The Espresso Lounge. Plus, check out Crockers’ Cellar Bar and The Craft Yard for evening drinks.

SHOP

If you need a gift (or just want to treat yourself) you’ll always find something at Maggie J & Co with its regularly changing selection of local pop-ups, from fashion and jewellery to home accessories. There’s also Lolly and Mitch for a go-to fashion fix and The Market House for gorgeous homewares. Fancy That is an Aladdin’s Cave of baby, children and adult’s gifts and super useful hardware store, Graces, always has the odd surprise, from eco refills to home décor. Plus Magnolia of Tring is a must for flowers.

There’s also an M&S Food, a Post Office (a rarity these days), a great card shop, a plethora or hairdressers and barbers, and a handful of good charity shops including Emmaus Nineteen 49 which is packed out with vintage clothing and homewares.

And if that wasn’t enough, there’s a Friday high street market AND a Saturday Farmer’s market in the old Market Square, where you can pick up fresh bread, fish, cheese, cakes, fruit and veg and eco goodies.

NEARBY ATTRACTIONS

If you didn’t already know, Tring has its very own Natural History Museum, which was established by Walter Rothschild, collector of exotic animals. It’s a beautiful building and you can easily lose a couple of hours there with the kids.

There’s the pretty Memorial Garden for lazy days and picnics, and for a good stomp, Tring Park is literally minutes from the centre of town, with over 300 acres of woodland and grassland running along the Chiltern Ridge, affording spectacular views over town.

There’s also College Lake – a nearby wildfowl reserve, Wendover Woods with it’s walking, cycling and play trails, as well as local reservoirs and the canal network for fun on the water.

AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE

The average house price in Tring is £509,223 according to Rightmove, with terraced properties selling for an average of £412,700 and detached houses fetching £707,064.

HOT PROPERTY

4-bed Grade II-listed cottage in a village location, £1,250,000

SCHOOLS

There are three good state primary schools in Tring which makes it super popular with young families moving out of London. Grove Road and Dundale are both rated Ofsted ‘Good’, while Goldfield Infants’ School is rated ‘Outstanding’. Tring School is the go-to secondary for most primary leavers.

The well-known independent specialist school, Tring Park School for the Performing Arts is literally just off the High Street and churns out some big names in film/TV and stage. And for out of town independents, there’s Berkhamsted PrepWestbrook Hay Prep, Lockers Park (boys’ prep) and Abbot’s Hill (girls prep & senior), as well as Berkhamsted Girls’ School, Boys’ School and Sixth Form.

BEST KEPT SECRET

Can I choose three…?

Walter Rothschild once rode a zebra-drawn carriage through town (there’s photgraphic evidence in the museum!), so if you spot the zebra mosaic in Church Square, now you know the story behind it.

During the summer months, the Street Food Heroes market brings a selection of fab local food trucks to town – grab a Pimm’s and a paella and soak up the atmos!

Oh and don’t miss the Tring Market Auctions – check the calendar for dates but they’re held on weekends where you can browse the stock on Fridays and bid in person or online at the main event on Saturdays. I’ve found some real gems there!

COMMUTE

Around 36 miles to Euston. The train station is a little out of town which some may find a drawback, but there’s a carpark and regular buses from town, as well as cycle paths. Trains will get you to Euston in an easy breezy 35 minutes.

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