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.
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.
Berkhamsted Castle is located next to the railway station and is open daily. 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 and the property shuts at dusk.
The Grand Junction Canal (1805) offers pleasant walks along the towpath with canalside pubs, wildfowl and many interesting barges, many of which are boat houses. Orientation plaques along the canal towpath provide historical information and describe points of interest along the way.
The 13th-Century parish church of St Peter's Great Berkhamsted, located on the high street in the town centre, is open daily. 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.
The Rex Cinema is a fine Art Deco picture house at the southern end of the High Street. 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.
Berkhamsted Town Council offer information about historical walks around the town and a historical guide leaflet can be downloaded from the Council website. The Berkhamsted Local History and Museum Society have a regular programme of visits to places of historical significance in and around the town.
Many properties in Berkhamsted participate in the annual Heritage Open Days in mid-September, operated by English Heritage, which allow visitors to enter historical buildings not normally open to the public.
Berkhamsted has an active arts scene and there are many musical concerts and theatrical performances around the town. Posters and leaflets are displayed on the noticeboard on theHigh Street and in the parish church. The Berkhamsted Trust also provides a regular Arts Diary for up-to-date listings.
The Chilterns Cylceway is a circular cycle route which runs through parts of Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire and Bedforshire. It passes through Berkhamsted along the Grand Junction canal and is popular for cycle touring. An official map and guide book can be ordered from the Chiltern Society.
There are many shops in Berkhamsted, you can buy gifts from most shops.
- Martins Pond, The Green, Potten End, HP4 2QQ, ☎ . 12:00-2:30 then 18:00-21:00. Family Run Freehouse serving Fresh Pub Food.
- The Old Mill, London Road, HP4 2NB (Located at south-east end of town beyond the Rex on the road to Hemel), ☎ . Former Victorian mill building refurbished and converted into comfortable bar-restaurant. Wide ranging gastro-pub menu with many organic items and a large British tapas-style starter menu.
- The Gatsby, 97 High Street, HP4 2DG, ☎ . See listing under Drink below
- Carluccio's, 96 High Street, HP4 3BA (In the old Town Hall on the High Street), ☎ . Monday to Saturday 8AM-11PM; Sunday 9AM-10:30PM. Contemporary Italian cuisine; open for breakfast lunch and dinner; includes Italian delicatessen shop. £30-50 a head.
- Brasserie Blanc, 262 High Street, HP4 1AQ (approaching from the railway station, turn right along the High Street;), ☎ . 08:30-22:00. Breakfast - 8:30AM to 12 midday Monday to Sunday
Lunch - 12 midday to 2:45PM Dinner - 5:30PM to 10PM Monday to Friday. 12 midday to 10:30PM Saturday. 12 midday to 9PM Sunday. £40/ppn.
- Thai Cottage, 149 High Street, HP4 3HH (On the main High Street opposite Tesco), ☎ . Authentic and varied Thai menu, hugely popular with locals
- Kings Arms, 147 High Street, HP4 3HL, ☎ . 09:00-midnight (1AM at weekends). Recently refurbished local pub with modern gastro-pub menu in historic 18th Century building. Real Ales, fine wines. Large log fire in bar area. £40/ppn.
- The Rising Sun, No1, Canalside, George Street, HP4 2EG (30 seconds walk east along the canal towpath from the Ravens Lane bridge), ☎ . Mon-Weds 12:00-23:00; Thurs: 15:00-midnight; Fri & Sat: 12:00-midnight; Sund: 12:00-22:30. Quiet canalside pub specialising in large selection of traditional real ales, traditional ciders, malt whiskies, port, Belgian beers etc. Beer garden and seating by canal lock. Friendly and knowledgeable staff.
- The Gatsby, 97 High Street, HP4 2DG (South end of the high street under the Rex Cinema), ☎ . 10:30AM-11PM Monday to Thursday 10:30AM-12:30PM Friday & Saturday 12PM-10:30PM Sunday. Stylish cocktail bar and restaurant in the former dining rooms of the Rex Cinema. Diners sit in opulent 1938 art deco interiors.
- Kings Arms, 147 High Street, HP4 3HL, ☎ . 09:00-midnight (1AM at weekends). Recently refurbished local pub in historic 18th Century building. Real Ales, fine wines. Large log fire in bar area. Also extensive restaurant. £40/ppn.
There are a number of country walks outside Berkhamsted. Maps of local walks can be ordered from the Chiltern Society (map #17 - Chesham and Berkhamsted).