Travelling around Hemel Hempstead
With its wide, pedestrianised lanes (that you just won’t find closer to the capital), lots of green parklands and an excellent high street, Hemel Hempstead is a sizeable commuter town. The pretty old town still has colourful houses and quaint cobbled streets, but there’s plenty here for the more modern visitor too!
If you plan on paying Hemel a visit, there’s plenty to do here whatever you’re interested in. With an ice rink, indoor snow centre and paintball arena, the adrenalin junkies will be perfectly happy, while the manicured lawns of Gadebridge Park ensure that visitors who enjoy the quieter things in life are well catered for.
The travel in Hemel Hempstead is one of its biggest features, with regular coaches to the capital, as well as all manner of shorter journeys to St Albans, Aylesbury, Watford and more, so getting around with Arriva couldn’t be simpler.
Hemel Hempstead is 24 miles north-west of London. Developed after World War II as a New Town, it has existed as a settlement since the 8th century and was granted its town charter by King Henry VIII in 1539. The town featured in the Domesday Book as a small settlement of around 100 inhabitants. These days, Hemel – as it is known to the locals – is every inch the modern commuter town, but there are still pretty pockets of history visible when you pay the old town a visit.