Berkhamsted is a popular town in the Chiltern Hills. It is situated between Hemel Hempstead and Aylesbury off the A41. Berkhamsted has good train links into London and is well located for accessing major trunk roads. It is steeped in history going back to the times of William the conqueror.
Berkhamsted is surrounded by beautiful countryside, in particular the Ashridge forest where there are endless walks and where deer roam free. You will find the most impressive Ashridge Management College, which originally began life as a monastery.
This beautiful building is well worth a visit and is open to the public on certain days. At the very least it is worth a drive by during the day or especially at night when the building is impressively lit.
There are many historical buildings in Berkhamsted town and in the neighbouring village of Tring. More information can be obtained from Berkhamsted library and tourist information. Tring’s history and beautiful buildings largely relate to the Rothschild family which owned a huge estate on the edge of the town.
Berkhamsted is quite an affluent town, the direct railway line into London Euston playing a large part in this, making Berkhamsted fall into the commuter belt.
Berkhamsted, although quite small with a population of around 19,000 has a bustling atmosphere with its weekly Saturday markets, its generous offering of shops and business’, pubs, restaurants and hotels.
Berkhamsted offers the wonderful Art deco Rex cinema is a wonderful example of ornate art deco, originally opened in 1938 but closed in 1988 for major restoration to re-open in 2004. It offers a rare cinematic experience of being able to watch a film around a private candlelit table with a glass of wine.
Berkhamsted has one of the oldest motte and bailey castles in Britain, although it is now largely a ruin. It started life shortly after the battle of Hastings in 1066 in association with William the Conqueror. Further information relating to the history of Berkhamsted Castle can be found on www.berkhamsted-castle.org.uk.
Berkhamsted is steeped in local history and many historical buildings remain - further information can be found through Berkhamsted Local History & Museum Society www.berkhamsted-history.org.uk.