Tring celebrated its 700th year as a market town in 2015 - and the Hertfordshire hotspot continues to attract visitors to its thriving high street.

We found out more about the town's enduring appeal...

Tring is a pretty town on Herts's border with Buckinghamshire, and is located just outside The Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

A popular place for commuters, the town is nestled in the Tring Gap - an aptly named opening in the Chiltern Hills.

Tring is home to a selection of independent stores, cafés, bars and restaurants, as well as many high street favourites.

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The town dates back to the medieval period, as the area was mentioned in the Domesday Book.

Tring has been a market town since 1315, when it was granted a market charter by Edward II. However, settlements in Tring date back as far as the prehistoric period.

The town is home to Tring Park Mansion, which was designed by acclaimed architect Christopher Wren and built for Colonel Henry Guy, Groom of the Bedchamber to King Charles II, in 1692.

In 1872, the manor became home to a branch of the Rothschild family, who have had a considerable influence on the town.

The famous collectors built a private zoological museum, which has been part of Tring's Natural History Museum since 1937. 

The mansion is now home to Tring Park School for the Performing Arts, and its 300-acre park is in the care of the Woodland Trust.


Tring offers a mix of period homes and more modern properties for potential buyers. These range from the cottages and lodge houses surrounding the former Rothschild estate, to the detached houses perches on the Chiltern slopes.

These properties - perhaps unsurprisingly - do come with a substantial price tag attached.

According to Rightmove, properties in Tring had an overall average price of £567,415 over the last year.

Homes currently on the market in Tring include a five-bedroom detached barn conversion in Station Road for £2,100,000 and a four-bedroom semi-detached for £690,000 at the Goldfield Road.  

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Popular schools in the area include Tring School - a Christian secondary school which was rated 'good' at its most recent Ofsted inspection - and the 'outstanding' rated Goldfield Infants' and Nursery School.

The town is also home to Tring Park School for the Performing Arts, which is an independent school for seven to 19 year olds specialising in acting, dance and musical theatre.

Sport and leisure  

Tring is home to countless sports clubs - including football, rugby, hockey and cricket.  

Tring Sports Centre, which is in the grounds of Tring School, houses a 25m pool, artificial football pitch and a multi-purpose sports hall, all of which are open for public use.

There are plenty of walking routes in the town around the Tring Reservoirs and along the Grand Union Canal - while the Tring Natural History Museum is another popular attraction.

Meanwhile Tring Local History Museum is suitable for both children and adults, and offers an interactive and engaging timeline of the town's history.

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Pendley Manor Hotel is a popular wedding venue situated between the station and town. 

Residents and visitors can also enjoy Tring Park, a 264-acre open space which once belonged to Tring Park Mansion.


Tring is an easy commute from London - as it is only around 30 miles north of the capital and has excellent rail and road links.

The A41 connects the town to the M25 and M1, and trains run from Tring Station to Euston in about 40 minutes.(Image: Danny Loo)

Food and drink  

The Kings Arms is a Tring favourite - a traditional pub serving good quality British food and ales. The pub is proudly free of all 'electronic distractions' - from gaming machines to TVs.  

Another popular dining option is Crockers' Chef's Table, which offers "the ultimate in relaxed fine dining".

Diners are invited to take a seat at the 15-seat chef's table and watch as their food is prepared in front of them using fresh, seasonal ingredients.