Despite Hemel Hempstead being one of Britain’s post-WWII new towns, it has heaps more history than you might expect. The Hertfordshire town dates back to the 8th century and has given the world famous names like Roger Moore and Pigwidgeon – the famous fictional owl of Harry Potter celebre. Stay with us at one of our Hemel Hempstead hotels, and you’ll have the perfect base to delve into the town’s diverse food scene, sample some of its super days out and sip on a shandy or two in one of Hemel’s top canalside pubs.
Things to do in Hemel Hempstead
Hemel is home to a fab blend of extreme sports, peaceful parks, a Buddhist monastery and an artisan vineyard. So whether you want to go skiing on London’s closest real snow slope or simply fancy sitting in the sun and sipping a fresh sauvignon blanc, the choice is yours.
The Marlowes Shopping Centre is the town’s original retail hub. It’s just off the Marlowes, right in the heart of town, and home to heaps of popular shops including River Island, M&S, and JD Sports. As a part of the town’s ongoing regeneration project, the Riverside Shopping Centre was built next to the Marlowes, creating a picturesque place to shop at the foot of the water gardens. The Riverside Shopping Centre is where you’ll find the likes of H&M, TK Maxx, Topshop and our Hemel Hempstead Central hotel.
Hemel Hempstead’s excellent transport links with the M1 and M25 mean the town is easily reached if you’re travelling by car. It’s somewhat of a curveball, but narrowboat enthusiasts will know that Hemel Hempstead sits on the route of the Grand Union Canal, which is wonderfully maintained by the Canal & River Trust. If you’re visiting by rail, Hemel Hempstead Railway Station is in nearby Boxmoor. It sits on the West Coast Main Line and has four trains per hour running to London Euston, taking less than half an hour. If you’re travelling from further afield, London Luton Airport is your nearest option. It’s roughly a 20-minute drive to Hemel Hempstead. You can choose one of the airport’s designated taxi providers at the arrivals lounge, or hire a vehicle from one of several trusted rental companies. We also have several hotels near Luton Airport for you to choose from.