Hoddesdon is an old market town in Hertfordshire, 3 miles from Ware on on the River Lea.
There are attractive old inns and houses lining the High Street. The timber framed Golden Lion dates from about 1600.
The Clock Tower in the town centre was erected in 1835.
Lowewood Museum is housed in a Georgian house with attractive gardens.
Rye House Gatehouse is 15th century. It was at Rye House that the abortive plot to murder Charles II and his brother James was hatched in 1683.
William Christie Gosse, explorer of Australia, was born in Hoddesdon. He was the first white man to reach Ayers Rock.
Izaak Walton regarded the River Lea here as one of his favourite fishing places.