Berkhamsted

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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

Get in[edit]

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.

By car it is north west of the M25/M1 junction, on the A41 between Hemel Hempstead and Aylesbury.

Get around[edit]

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.

See[edit]

  • Berkhamsted Castle (ocated 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Rex Cinema (at the southern end of the High Street). 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.

Do[edit]

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 [dead link] 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.

Buy[edit]

There are many shops in Berkhamsted, you can buy gifts from most shops.

Eat[edit]

  • Martins PondThe Green, Potten End, HP4 2QQ +44 1442 864318. 12:00-2:30 then 18:00-21:00. Family Run Freehouse serving Fresh Pub Food.
  • The Old MillLondon Road, HP4 2NB (Located at south-east end of town beyond the Rex on the road to Hemel),  +44 1442 879590. 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.
  • Carluccio's96 High Street, HP4 3BA (In the old Town Hall on the High Street),  +44 1442 877807. 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 Blanc262 High Street, HP4 1AQ (approaching from the railway station, turn right along the High Street;),  +44 1442 285480. 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 Cottage149 High Street, HP4 3HH (On the main High Street opposite Tesco),  +44 1442 870808. Authentic and varied Thai menu, hugely popular with locals
  • Kings Arms147 High Street, HP4 3HL +44 1442 866595. 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.

Drink[edit]

  •   The Rising SunNo1, Canalside, George Street, HP4 2EG (30 seconds walk east along the canal towpath from the Ravens Lane bridge),  +44 1442 864913. 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 Gatsby97 High Street, HP4 2DG (South end of the high street under the Rex Cinema),  +44 1442 870403. 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.

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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).

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