Hemel Hempstead was a new town created after World War II based around an old village. Although the area has settlements dating back to Roman times. By the 11th century, the area was called Hemel Amstede and the parish church, built in 1140 is one of the finest examples of a Norman Church and the spire that was added a century later is still one of the tallest in Europe. It is said that even Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn stayed there.
So, history aside, what is there to keep you occupied in Hemel Hempstead today? If you like activities that are fun-packed and adrenaline-fuelled then you will love Jarmans Park. Here you will find a dry ski slope, a bowling alley and a cinema. You can also go paintballing, hot air ballooning and zip-lining at the Go Ape Centre.
Grown ups will enjoy a visit to the Frithsden Vineyard where you can shop for excellent wine and enjoy the café that offers delicious homemade food. You can take a tour of the vineyard and the vineyard also offers bespoke parties and foodie evenings. Ideal for those who desire a taste of sophistication. For local businesses requiring a more sophisticated website, try Hemel Hempstead Web design. For more information, visit http://www.24-7website.co.uk/web-design-hemel-hempstead/
Gadebridge Park is another favourite spot with free parking and a lovely, serene walled park. It even offers Crazy Golf which kids and big kids alike will love. Ideal for walks, the park also features bowling greens, play equipment and a river.
Another unique offering that is definitely worth a visit is the Amaravati Buddhist Monastery. It was established in the 1980’s and is based on the Thai Forest Tradition. It is a place of practice for those who wish to realize nirvana but is also open to guests who would love the opportunity to experience peace, mindfulness and contribute to the life of the community. You won’t find one of these in many towns in the UK!
The Old High Street has lots of shops and you’ll also find the Marlowe Shopping Centre if you feel the need for some retail therapy. The town also holds antique markets on Wednesdays and a general market from Thursday to Saturday so you’ll be sure to find a bargain.
Nearby is the Royal National Rose Garden which displays a worldwide collection of roses and covers 5 acres. There are 8000 roses in about 2000 different varieties. The site offers a tea room and the garden sounds like a perfectly romantic afternoon out.
The Verulamium Museum is also not far from Hemel Hempstead and provides a fascinating look at everyday life in Roman Britain. There are recreations of Roman rooms, hands-on areas and some of the best Roman mosaics and wall plasters found outside the Mediterranean. The museum can be found in lovely parkland and is close to other Roman features, including the Roman Theatre, Walls and Hypocaust.
A short seven miles away is Whipsnade Zoo with fantastic views across the Chiltern Downs. You’ll find lions, tigers, hippos, elephants and giraffes in huge outdoor enclosures. The zoo is one of the largest conservation sites in Europe and offers a free Safari bus to take you round the animals on show.