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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


Fantastic value and top class servive
By Boudica
Comfortable stay, good night sleep, professional friendly staff, secure on site parking. Good quality bedding and bathroom fittings. A very clean. Friendly atmosphere. [Less]
Brilliant service and good value for cost.
By Hello Kitty
Warm greetings at front desk during check in and checkout. Helpful staff - we were offered snack and muffins when we returned at midnight seeking for food. [Less]
Makes great base for sightseeing
By Teddybear
Good base all round! Asked for a blanket at desk after breakfast and Got to our room just as it was bring delivered [Less]
Enjoyable stay...again
By MJO246
My wife and I have stayed at this hotel many times over the past few years. There are several reasons for this; the location is great for either shopping or going into London, the standard of the [More] rooms is always very high, both in cleanliness and facilities, and the excellence of the staff, who are always very efficient and friendly. On this visit, the two young ladies on reception on our arrival were excellent! [Less]
Excellent service
By Sprag
Highly recommended no problems good nights sleep. Handy laundry and great breakfast selection. [Less]
Stratford Surpise!
By Villagedon
My wife and I decided to spend a night at Aspersions Casino in Westfield shopping centre in Stratford. I suggested we stay over as my poker tournament would run late. We booked this hotel by [More] random as it was close to where we wanted to be. Upon arrival we were very happy with the location and then we got in the lift to go to reception.....Geroginiana was spectacular at check! Friendly, courteous, bubbly, kind and a consume professional. We had no idea Breakfast was included too and what a fantastic buffet they put on. The staff there are very attentive and helpful in keeping everything running smoothly. The food quality and selection was exceptional with something for everyone and a huge array of drinks to choose from. Our room was clean, quiet and very well maintained. We loved it that much that we stayed and extra night! [Less]
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By John D
When you use a Holiday Inn Express you know what to expect. Whilst they are not luxury hotels the service, rooms, bars and restaurants are to a high standard and this hotel is no exception. I would [More] add that for a London hotel it is extremely good value for money. [Less]
Great Location
By Stu364
Great location staff friendly just wish the bar was 24 hour as we finished late Saturday and was told the bar is closed [Less]
Chinese restaurant great bonus
By JayG
Comfortable hotel is you need to be in this area. Having the Chinese restaurant attached is a great bonus and ate here twice during my stay [Less]

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