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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


Good for business
By Mattsbury
Helpful friendly staff and all amenities needed for a couple of night away on business. Would not use for any other purpose. [Less]
Another pleasant stay
By Silverback
Although the hotel rooms are a little dated the pleasantness of the staff more than make up for the aging room. I’ve got to admit that this is my preferred choice in the area. [Less]
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By keir
lovely modern clean hotel friendly staff superb breakfast three eggs three bacon two sausage.....and all the rest great g and ts in bar keir hartley [Less]
Good Stay
By KSP01
Bar a couple of hiccups, the two day leisure stay was very good, The staff are really attentive and the location (for those that do not like the tube) is excellent...30 minute walk to the South Bank [More] and the same for the West End. [Less]
Modern hotel with great service
By tbpersonal
I was delighted with how modern and clean this hotel was. The staff were very friendly and helpful too. [Less]
Nice hotel in good location off Kings Cross station
By Q123456789
Nice hotel that’s friendly from when you walk in and to when you enter the bar. Room clean and reasonably smart. Simple walk from here to the Eurostar [Less]
First visit
By Milanoman 2810
Rooms comfortable with good bedding and towels. Friendly staff . [Less]
Great stay
By Mike C
Nice and friendly staff. Room was spacious and comfy. Decent free WiFi with a small but well equipped gym. Only an overnight stay so didn't sample everything but will return. [Less]
Ideal Location
By Bellzo
I use this hotel every time I am in London. Great transport links to centre of London with tube station right next to hotel.and easy access to all major roads. The hotel is excellent, rooms are nice [More] and big, the beds and pillows are super comfy. Restaurant and bar area are really good, plenty of beers and spirits available and the food is excellent with a wide variety of choice in the menu. Would always recommend this hotel, Andrew and his team are always very friendly and professional [Less]

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