Hemel Hempstead Travel Guide

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Hemel Hempstead Things to Do

  • The Walled Garden

    Written on the table near the entrance to the garden:The Walled Garden is the location of the original Bury House, althought its exact size and shape are unknown. The Bury is an ancient name, usually reffering to a fortified house, in this case the fortification may simply have been the marshy valley which is now Gadebridge Park. The first Bury was...

  • The Ancient Church of St Mary

    Well, this church definitelly captured my eyes. Nice atmosphere and a big park behind it. There were many old monuments near it. Many of them were quite hard to read, but I've noticed thedate on the one of them - 1880 or so. Quite old.

  • Old Town

    I was told that the Old Town of Hemel Hempstead starts from this street and goes further. Street was quite cosy. Unfortunatelly I haven't enough time to discover it, but hope to do this next time:)

  • Carey Baptist Church

    No long stories or history. It was just a nice church on my way to the Old Town of Hemel Hempstead.

  • Water water everywhere...

    At a subconscious level humans seem to seek out water to live by. Not only does ascetically please, it seems to 'soothe the soul' as well.It is not surprising that the 'masterplanner' of Hemel Hempstead was the brainchild of just one man, Geoffrey Jellicoe, and he had a great interest in the work of Jung.Although not all of his vision was realised,...

  • Apsley lock

    This development, based around a former industrial area of mills is worth a visit.Alongside the Grand Union canal, the basin provides moorings for canal boats, a couple of shops and a couple of restaurants. Most of the development are rather smart 'townhouses'. I take it that most of the residents are quite new, as I observed one young lady with a...


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Hemel Hempstead Restaurants


    Delightful little restaurant tucked out of the way just off the main shopping street. Nice atmosphere delicious pasta dishes and friendly staff The pasta dishes are all worth trying.


    My favourite of the many pubs in Hemel.Large choice of meals from the lunchtime menu, great beers , pool tables , darts and music. Chicken curry or the steak and mushroom pudding.


    A nice restaurant in the town centre, friendly staff, lovely indian food, handy place to eat before or after the pub. Try the Lamb Kahari. Not the hottest indian dish but still plenty of flavour.


Hemel Hempstead Nightlife

  • Pubs around Hemel

    There are a few more pubs around hemel, but i just haven't really got round to taking their pictures(sorry)....They all sell great beer and food:)

  • The White Hart.

    Our last trip to the Old High Street!!! Yes , another pub along this street, a good meeting place with music in the evenings. Recently refurbished ( may 2004. ) Tends to be frequented by the bikers of this world .

  • Piccotts end

    I have a soft spot for this place as I was brought up not far from here .My sister also had her wedding doo here!!


    The Three horsehoes is how you'd picture a typical English country pub to look. Not far from Hemel railway station and the canal.


    This is one of my favourite places in Hemel for a good night out. Very popular in summer because people meet outside the pub along a canal and it gets incredibly busy . Great meeting place.! Optional.

  • WallyWorld!

    Leisure world (also known as WallyWorld and Jarman Park) houses a few clubs and bars. Hot shots is a normal bar near to the bowling alley and pool tables. Then there's Jumpin Jaks which is a lively bar, costs about 3 quid to get in, plays a variety of music, 80s 90s and currrent- rock and pop. Usually a good atmosphere, sometimes drink offers,...


    Another relatively new pub built on the site of the old cinema. Very popular pub in the heart of the shopping area. Has doormen inthe evening so make sure you are dressed smartly!!! Smart would be advisable.

  • A place to dance and meet people!

    The best two nightclubs ever to hit Hemel are now sadly no more . The legendary "LIVING ROOM NIGHTCLUB " followed by " LA MIRAGE" were closed down in the nineties. The new modern leisure complex, " JARMANS CENTRE" or "WALLYWORLD" as the locals call it is a nightclub , bowling alley , bars , cinema and swimming pool arena near the motorway junction....

  • The old town.

    There are plenty of traditional old English pubs along the old high street and if you want a bit of history then this is the place to head for. Clothes.!


Hemel Hempstead Transportation


    Hemel has a great bus set up with buses running to and from every part of town plus buses to nearby towns and even fast coaches into London daily. Hemel's bus station is in the town centre near the market.

  • Great transport links to anywhere!!!

    Hemel has great transport links to London by train(only 35 mins to Euston station) and Birmingham. Green line run cheap buses to London and Luton airport. Local buses take you to towns such as St Albans , Watford and Luton.

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Hemel Hempstead Shopping

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    The Marlowes Shopping Centre.: Local Shopping Centre

    by helsbels Written Sep 21, 2004

    The shopping centre's open 7 days (reduced opening hours on Sundays) and has plenty of shops from shoes to sports, ann summers to marks and spencers, cafes to jewelery, music and books to ladies fashion. Most of what you need but not as much choice as Watford or Milton Keynes. Its right on the high street so easy to get to and a nice way to spend half a day or so.

    What to pay: Normal High Street prices.

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    by GrantBoone Written Oct 19, 2004

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    That great British tradition that is the Pub crawl is also alive and well in Hemel. The best atmosphere and the closest collection of pubs an be found in the Boxmoor area of town .

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Hemel Hempstead Off The Beaten Path


    Take the M1 motorway junction after the Hemel turn off for this great wildlife park which is much bigger and more open than the famous London zoo. High on a hill overlooking the hills of Dunstable downs . In summer there is a dolphin and sealoin show in a specially built arena.


    The nicky line is an old , disused railway line running west to east straight through the heart of the town which was used in the early days of steam engines. It makes a great walking trip, away from it all.


    Only 10 minutes out of town and you are in fields of countryside, and down a narrow lane to a place called Gaddesden you will find the Old chequers inn. If your looking for a traditional English pub then this is it. A friendly atmosphere in a beautiful area.


Hemel Hempstead Sports & Outdoors


    Hemel Town are not one of the major football forces it has to be said. But they are currnetly riding high in the Southern Premier league of the amateur game here. If you are in town on a ssaturday come on down and support the lads.!!


    Not far from the leisureworld complex is the Ski Centre with 3 dry slopes. I must admit I havent tried the slopes yet , but have been to a few parties in the clubhouse!!!

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  • soon

    Perhaps Hemel Hempstead doesn't have so many attractions and action as you could find in London, but this is one of the places you could settle in if you're not so 'in love' with London and its rush. Nice and cosy houses, not so many renters, what makes the environment much cleaner.

  • Hemel Hempstead

    Well, as I've wrote this on my main Hemel Hempstead page, this city is different from London and you can trully feel this. Good for to see a different side of England.


    The Kodak building is known as the gateway to Hemel. It sits at the Magic roundabout and has great views across the town from the top. Its also the UK headquarters of the Kodak empire!


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