Hemel Hempstead is a Hertfordshire town that mixes a vibrant and modern centre with the traditional architecture of its Old Town. It boasts a large shopping area, as well as pubs and restaurants that one may usually expect to find in the countryside, rather than in a bustling commuter town.
The town boasts an excellent standard of living, with low unemployment and superb healthcare facilities. As a popular base for London workers, the populations is a mix of young professionals and older residents. Several international firms have branches in the town, including a significant number of IT and telecommunication companies.
Whilst Hemel Hempstead may not be known as a tourism spot, it features a lively arts scene, as well several heritage sites and places of natural beauty. As such, it is a commuter town with plenty of character and things to see.
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Many visitors to Hemel Hempstead prefer to base themselves towards the outskirts, as they offer slightly more options with regards to properties. Choosing where to stay will of course depend on the purpose of your visit and those wishing to commute into London will want to base themselves close to the station.
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Hemel Hempstead is known for its public art, and the modern part of the town features several outdoor sculptures by notable artists from the 1950s, which are permanently on display. Outside of the town centre, but within easy reach, there are several heritage sites to explore, including Hatfield House - a stunning example of Jacobean architecture - and the Gothic Knebworth house, equally famous as a concert venue.
The Marlowes shopping centre is arguably the best single location for shopping in Hemel Hempstead, with hundreds of famous brands and retailers under one roof. There’s also the Riverside open air shopping area, which contains numerous popular outlets, and Apsley Mills Retail Park, offering large superstores, including Argos and Homebase.
Of course, Hemel Hempstead’s location and ease of access to surrounding towns mean that anyone staying there can enjoy all the sights and attractions of Milton Keynes, Oxford or London with just a short journey.
As commuter town, Hemel Hempstead is exceptionally well served by public transport so getting round is relatively simple. The town features a comprehensive bus service, with routes running to all the nearby towns and throughout Hemel Hempstead itself. Often taking the bus is preferable when travelling Westwards, as there are limited train routes through the Chiltern Hills, so going by road is the most direct route. The town is covered by the PlusBus card, which offers excellent value for money if staying in Hemel Hempstead for an extended period.
If travelling to other UK towns, then taking the train is also an option, as Hemel Hempstead railway station has direct routes to Birmingham and Milton Keynes, as well as up to five trains per hour running into London Euston.
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