The Best Things to do in Hemel Hempstead
Gadebridge Park consists of 80 acres to explore and is the largest public space in the Dacorum Borough boasting a wide range of facilities, including a neat walled garden, numerous cycle and walking paths, a skatepark, The River Gade and even the site of a Roman Villa.
There’s also a wide range of activities on offer at Gadebridge Park on the northern edge of Hemel Hempstead, such as bowling, crazy golf, croquet, giant chess, various play parks, and the Splash Park.
The Snow Centre
Are you a keen skier or snowboarder, or maybe you’d like to try a new hobby? The Snow Centre in Hemel Hempstead offers the perfect experience. Discover a huge 160m slope and the UK’s largest indoor lesson slope at the closest real snow slope to London!
There’s something for everyone at The Snow Centre, whether you’re learning the basics, honing your skills, or enjoying a family fun day on the Ringo Slide. Skis, snowboards, boots and helmets come free with every session.
Amaravati Buddhist Monastery
Home to a community of Buddhist monks and nuns, Amaravati Buddhist Monastery is a welcoming and relaxing space where you can discover more about the Theravada tradition. The monastery is located in the Chiltern Hills above Hemel Hempstead and is open daily for visitors – some even stay a few days or longer!
Visiting the community is an invaluable experience if you’re interested in taking part in a meditation workshop, discovering more about Buddhism, or witnessing the daily routine of the monastery. Amaravati is also home to a separate retreat facility offering short and long retreats.
Harry Potter Studio Tour
A short drive from Hemel Hempstead is The Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter. A magical experience for any fan of the Wizarding World, the tour allows you to explore breathtaking sets, authentic props and original costumes.
An experience like no other, The Making of Harry Potter tour takes you behind-the-scenes of the Harry Potter movies and allows you to discover the secrets behind the production. A perfect day out for any Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, Gryffindor or Slytherin.
Old Gorhambury House
Located to the east of Hemel Hempstead, near St Albans, Old Gorhambury House is a ruined Elizabethan mansion built by Sir Nicholas Bacon in the Hertfordshire countryside. The area is also home to a Roman Theatre and the 18th Century Gorhambury Horse, currently home to Viscount and Viscountess Grimston.
Visit the Gorhambury Estate and explore the rich history of Hertfordshire and the stunning countryside near Hemel Hempstead.