Berkhamsted

Berkhamsted is a town in Hertfordshire in England, UK. It is located about 30 miles north of London.

St. Peter’s Church, Berkhamsted High Street

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By car it is north west of the M25/M1 junction, on the A41 between Hemel Hempstead and Aylesbury. The main pay & display car parks are situated behind Tesco and next to Waitrose.

Trains from London Euston station to Milton Keynes stop at Berkhamsted, and run every 15 minutes. Journey time from London is usually 30–40 minutes. Less frequent trains run directly to Northampton, Birmingham and Croydon via Shepherd’s Bush.

Arriva run a frequent bus (the 500) between Watford and Aylesbury via Berkhamsted. There are also other buses going to local towns around the area.

Berkhamsted is a popular stopping-off point on the Chilterns Cycleway and is about 30 minutes’ ride from the Hemel Hempstead end of the National Cycle Route 57 (the Nickey Line).

The Grand Union Canal runs through the centre of the town and there are a number of moorings for narrowboats close to all the local amenities.

Most sights in the town are within walking distance. Local bus service and rail information is available from the Hertfordshire Intalink transport information service – tel, 0300 123 4050.

Choice Cars taxi office is located next to the railway station – tel. +44 1442 875100.

Map of Berkhamsted

Berkhamsted Castle
The Rex Cinema
  • 51.7640938-0.55984881 Berkhamsted Castle (located next to the railway station). open daily, shuts at dusk. The stone motte-and-bailey ruins seen today date from around 1155, although the castle itself was established as a stronghold by William the Conqueror in 1066. The castle has been home to Thomas Becket, Edward, the Black Prince and Geoffrey Chaucer. The castle today is managed by English Heritage. entry is free.  
  • 51.7625-0.561 The Grand Junction Canal. (1805) offers pleasant walks along the tow-path with canal-side pubs, wildfowl and many interesting barges, many of which are boat houses. Orientation plaques along the canal tow-path provide historical information and describe points of interest along the way.  
  • 51.7596-0.56181 St Peter’s Great Berkhamsted (located on the high street in the town centre). open daily. The 13th-Century parish church. The interior, which has undergone restoration in the 19th century, contains many historical features and decorations such as tombs and memorials spanning 700 years, some 14th-century stained glass, and a number of 16-century brass memorials.  
  • 51.7586-0.56041 Rex Cinema (at the southern end of the High Street). Matinee & evening screenings. a fine Art Deco picture house. It was designed by the architect David Evelyn Nye and opened in 1938, and features a luxurious, decorated interior. It has been recently restored and re-opened and now offers a wide programme of movie shows. The entrance is at the side of the building, the former foyer and dining room having been converted into a bar and restaurant.  
  • 51.8081-0.59421 Bridgewater Monument, Café & Visitor Centre, near Ringshall, Ashridge Estate. Neoclassical stone monument built in 1832 in memory of the third Duke of Bridgewater who built the Bridgewater Canal and once lived in Ashridge House. Climb 172 steps to the top for stunning views across the landscape. The popular outdoor café offers an excellent range of breakfasts, lunches and home-baked cakes. Dogs & cycles welcome, extensive free parking. National Trust shop sells an excellent range of gifts, books, maps and local produce. Opening hours vary seasonally. £2.50 ( £1.00 child, NT members free). (updated Jun 2016)
  • 51.7994-0.56021 Ashridge House, Ashridge, HP4 1NS (From Berkhamsted High Street, turn up Ravens Lane and continue up the hill until a 3-way fork in the road; take the left fork and drive 10 minutes through dense woodland), +44 1442 843491. Specific days only. A fine example of early Victorian Gothic Revival by the architect James Wyattville. The stately home is now in use as a management college and is not normally open to the public except on special days, listed on their website. (updated Jun 2016)
  • 51.8318-0.62991 Pitstone Windmill, Ivinghoe, Leighton Buzzard LU7 9ER. Only open bank holidays in summer. A restored, fully-working 17th century windmill owned by the National Trust. Limited opening days, but offers beautiful landmark on a rural public footpath £2.50; £1.00 children; NT members free. (updated Jun 2016)

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