· By Herb Lester

Natural History Museum at Tring

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The Natural History Museum at Tring holds 4,000 specimens, displayed in floor-to-ceiling, glass-fronted wood and iron cases, just as they were when the museum opened in 1892 to house the collection of Walter Rothschild, zebra- and turtle-riding scion of the banking dynasty. This remarkable gathering includes birds, insects and mammals large and small, from miniature lapdogs to the extinct great auk. Tring station is two miles from the Museum which can be reached by bus or taxi.

Natural History Museum at Tring, The Walter Rothschild Building, Akeman Street, Tring, Hertfordshire HP23 6AP
Tel: 020 7942 6171
Mon-Sat: 10am-5pm; Sun: 2pm-5pm

All photos © Trustees of the Natural History Museum London