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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


Comfortable and friendly
By Helrn
Great service, comfortable room and lovely evening meal. Walkable from station and well located. [Less]
Fantastic quality
By Winskillfull
Lovely room! Very high quality. The hotel is on a main road and there was a wedding on during my stay, but I didn't hear a thing in my room! Lots of breakfast options too, and friendly staff. [Less]
Comfortable bed and great service
By TBala
had a comfortable experience Staff were friendly and courteous [Less]
Great Hotel
By jopea36
We stayed here at the weekend as the location was really convenient for us. After arriving early we enquired about an early check in and the room was ready before we had finished our drinks in the [More] bar! The room was to a great standard, and in my opinion nicer than some of the higher hotels in this chain. The staff were professional and very welcoming. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and we will definitely be visiting again. [Less]
Great service
By Kris
We love staying here, we feel really at home, we love the location, the rooms are great service first class. We never have any problems with parking, every thing is close at hand. We visit family [More] that live nearby, and we always look forward to checking in , never had any problems or cause to complain. [Less]
Last minute booking that was well worth it.
By sterogers
Booked a couple of rooms for the family last minute on a weekend. Staff very accomdating and polite. Rooms a good size, modern, comfortable and very clean. Hotel busy but there wasn't any issues we [More] were aware of. We would stop again. [Less]
Clean and comfortable
By Saz347
Perfect location and free parking Hotel was clean and staff were well trained and friendly The pool was excellent and being open until 10pm was very convenient Will definitely be returning and [More] would highly recommend [Less]
Great place to stay only 15mins from legoland too!!
By Marko87
Great place to stay only 15mins from legoland too!! The hotel was great the staff was amazing and it was the best holiday inn stay I've had in years. [Less]
Comfortable stay
By Maroon
Swimming pool good. Good offer for dinner. Friendly staff. Breakfast disappointing. [Less]

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