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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 location in London
By Hunter
Very nice hotel with good amenities, and is it is right across the street from the Blackfriar Tube station and close to the Millenium Bridge. [Less]
Family well looked after
By Glyn3934
Another excellent stay at a Crowne Plaza hotel. The place to stay with my family. Attentive, courteous staff. When i had an issue this was dealt with politely and correctly and very prompt call back [More] from the Hotel Manager. Would certainly recommend. [Less]
Good location and helpful staff
By Asher
Being very close to the underground and the river made this an ideal hotel base. The staff were very friendly and the concierge helped us with very useful travel advice. Breakfast was very good, [More] and we must congratulate the Egg chef for the freshly fried eggs - and unlike some other hotels they were properly cooked. My only concern was the price of the mixers in the bar, but perhaps these are London prices. Next time I will stick to Orange juice. We did have one issue with the television not working, but this was fixed within minutes of it being reported. [Less]
Excellent Pre Flight Stay
By clairec
I booked the Holiday Inn for convenience due to an early morning flight. I found the hotel to be very accommodating, the staff were extremely helpful, the food options were very good, especially the [More] early breakfast which started at 4am. The hotel itself was very modern, clean and tidy and in a prime position, only being a 5 minute walk from the terminal. My overall experience was exceptional and I would recommend anyone needing overnight accommodation before a flight to stay here. [Less]
Modern and comfortable room with great service
By ejj45
We stayed for one night and cannot fault any aspect of the stay. Quick check in and out. The room was clean and modern with everything you need and a very comfortable bed. We had the continental [More] breakfast which had an hot option too (we left before the hot breakfast started at 6.30 am). There was a good choice of pastries etc. We had food in the bar when we arrived which was good and the service was excellent. I would recommend staying here before a flight as it was a relaxing way to start our holiday. [Less]
Great Service
By codrinditu
I loved being here and I'm going to come back in Luton, this is the place where I'll stay. [Less]
Best stay
By Lob 57
Very, Very pleased with our stay, especially the friendly staff, ever willing to help, just not one but the entire staff. [Less]
comfortable bed, excellent service
By Mahmoud
This hotel has access to any region in London, quite, near supermarkets and bus station that connect to the underground train services. It is clean, reasonable price and good environment and a [More] pleasent place to stay at. [Less]
Great Breakfast
By Shalom
Breakfast excellent, staff wonderful, free parking nearby, room welcoming. Price very good considering breakfast and parking. [Less]

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