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Visiting Hemel Hempstead
Strolling around Hemel Hempstead’s Old Town, with its 12th-century church and Georgian buildings, it’s easy to forget you’re in a post-war “new town” that’s home to hundreds of businesses. The town is a great base for exploring the footpaths of the Chiltern Hills, or visiting nearby Warner Brothers Studios for the Harry Potter tour, and it’s only half an hour from central London by train.

Hemel Hempstead: town layout
Hemel sits on gentle hills north of London, where the Gade and Bulbourne rivers meet. Roads radiate from the so-called Magic Roundabout, designed in the 1970s to ease traffic congestion. The main railway station is to the west, while just north are the shopping district of Marlowes and the Old Town. The eastern districts of Maylands and Leverstock Green are home to many local businesses. The M1 motorway passes by here, crossing the M25 on the way to Watford and London. Across the motorway stands the cathedral city of St. Albans.

The concierge recommends…

  • The Snow Centre, where you can whizz down a 160-metre indoor slope on skis or a snowboard.
  • Enjoying the fresh air among the trees in riverside Gadebridge Park.

Hotels in Hemel Hempstead
Hemel Hempstead was designed as a series of self-contained districts, so wherever you stay you’ll find plenty to do.
Accommodation near the main station or in the district of Apsley – where there’s another station – gives you easy access to London. You’re also close to the Old Town’s shops and trendy spots along the river.
Districts to the east, like Maylands and Leverstock Green, are closer to many corporate headquarters and business parks, and have easy access to the M1.

Eating Out in Hemel Hempstead
Hemel Hempstead offers a good mix of international and traditional fare, from spicy Nepalese dishes at Infinity to Keralan specialities at The Cochin and hearty pub grub at the canal-side Paper Mill.
If you have a bit more time, book a tour of Frithsden Vineyard followed by a wine-tasting session. The winery’s Terrace Café is a perfect spot to relax with homemade food and a glass of Frithsden wine.

The chef recommends...

  • Braughing sausages: A Hertfordshire speciality with subtle herbs and spices, these sausages make a delicious breakfast. Or you can serve them up for dinner with gravy and mashed potatoes.

Shopping in Hemel Hempstead
The Old Town's streets are lined with independent boutiques and antiques dealers. The nearby pedestrianised district of Marlowes is home to high-street favourites, restaurants and cafés. Marlowes Shopping Centre and the open-air Riverside precinct here add to the lively atmosphere and make the area the town’s shopping hub. If you want a full day out, head west to Jarman Square, an entertainment complex that includes a cinema, an ice rink, shops and eateries.

Hemel’s Markets

  • General market: Browse the stalls for fruit, vegetables and clothes every Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
  • The Exchange: You can search for hidden treasures among the antiques and collectibles here every Wednesday.
  • Old Town Sunday Market: Held on the first Sunday of the month, this is a great place to find handmade local crafts, or to pick up fresh ingredients for dinner.

Culture & Nightlife in Hemel Hempstead
You can book tickets for an evening of theatre, film or music at The Old Town Hall, a cosy theatre housed in a Victorian building in the Old Town. During the day, pop inside to catch free art exhibitions or relax in the café.
If you crave big-screen entertainment, Jarman Square’s Empire Cinema shows everything from blockbusters to arthouse classics.

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Visiting Hemel Hempstead with a Family
From swimming, climbing and badminton at the Sportspace community sports centre to the play area, skate park and crazy golf course in Gadebridge Park, there’s plenty to keep children busy.

Family Fun in Hemel

  • Planet Ice Hemel Hempstead in Jarman Square has family sessions – ideal for little ones learning to skate – as well as open sessions for a fun day out.
  • At The Warner Bros. Studio Tour in nearby Leavesden, Harry Potter fans can explore sets from the film series, including the original Hogwarts Express train. You can have your picture taken on a broomstick, drink butterbeer and pick up essentials like chocolate frogs or a Gryffindor scarf in the shop.

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Latest Hemel Hempstead Hotel Reviews


Great Stay
By Pots
Myself and my young daughter enjoyed a one night stay here last week while we were visiting Warner Bros Studios nearby. Nice area, very close to Watford Junction Station. Staff were very welcoming [More] and room was comfortable and quiet. Breakfast was great. Thanks again, [Less]
Well run Hotel , great staff
By Reviewmaster 59
Very good all round stay, the staff were very attentive and polite, although not the cheapest hotel in the area, but you get what you pay for,food both for the evening meal snacks , and breakfast [More] very good quality, and plentiful. . [Less]
great location
By biztraveller
Stayed on business - great location for proximity to the office and also to the train station for a quick commute into central london [Less]
Relaxing Break
By Khan
Extremely courteous and professional staff couldn't do enough to make this a perfect weekend break. [Less]
Great stay
By Nick
Excellent stay and good value for money. Would stay there again. [Less]
Business accomodation
By ingute
Easily accessible hotel, quick check-in, comfortable beds and not noisy [Less]
Good job all round
By bobo
It was everything I expected and hoped for when staying 1 night in central London. [Less]
Hotel Indigo
By MZaiat
Nice hotel in an excellent location. The only downsides were the comfort of the mattress and the state of the ceiling in the bathroom, The mattress was terrible, it felt like it was way past it’s due [More] date. The ceiling in the bathroom had many areas of mold and chipping paint. Otherwise, not a bad hotel for the price. But, could definitely be better. Also, breakfast should be free. Had stayed at other cheaper hotels in Europe with better beds and breakfast included. I guess for this property the area is what you pay for. [Less]
Great little hotel, quality and service top class
By MonGella
A gem of a hotel tucked away around the corner from Earl’s Court. Much nicer quality than most of the surroundings. Great quality food, service. [Less]

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