Unlike most New Towns, Hemel Hempstead developed around a charming old settlement, centred on St. Mary´s Church (which dates from c1150). The preserved High Street has 17th and 18th century houses, specialist shops and a lively arts centre. The New Town is a vibrant centre with an undercover shopping mall, parkland and water gardens.
The Riverside shopping centre offers an open air shopping experience for visitors with riverside coffee shops and big name retail outlets.
There are easy Arriva bus connections to Aylesbury, High Wycombe, Amersham, Chesham and Bovingdon
There is a market Thursday to Saturday and an antiques market on Wednesday.
Reach Hemel Hempstead by Green Line 758 768.