With its close proximity to a range of places to see and visit, Hemel Hempstead is an affordable place to stay with good road links to London and the Midlands...
With a modern shopping centre, the town is well served with shops, cafes and restaurants catering for locals and the many businesses in the town. The UK's first multi-storey car park is also believed to have been built in the town.
Hemel Hempstead is home to the Snow Centre, a major indoor ski slope with several runs as well as tuition for both skiing and snowboarding. Open year round it is a major draw across the area for winter sports enthusiasts.
Gadebridge Park is good for walks in the town centre and, in autumn, makes for a great show of colour as the leaves on the many trees turn from green to browns, yellows and reds.
Frogmore Paper Mill is an historic paper production mill and the oldest one of its type in the UK. You can visit to see how paper is made, as well as to stock up on all sorts of paper and writing materials.
You could also take on the 'Magic Roundabout', one of Hemel's notorious road junctions where roads from six directions meet at a complex roundabout, with vehicles being able to navigate both clockwise and anti-clockwise. It's ideal for the road enthusiast!
It's easy to arrange car rental in Hemel Hempstead before you travel and you can pick up your car at various downtown rental stations.
Alternatively, you can pick up your vehicle at Luton Airport (LTN) to the north or from Heathrow Airport (LHR) to the south west - both are within an hours' drive of the town. To find the best price on car hire, use TravelSupermarket's search tool to the left.
While the town itself is not large, by opting for car hire, Hemel Hempstead and the surrounding areas become easily accessible...
There are several major historic houses you can visit, including Knebworth and Hatfield House close by. These both allow access to the houses themselves and are both set in extensive grounds with cafes and shops and plenty of activities throughout the year. Berkhamstead Castle is also worth a visit.
At nearby St Albans you can visit Verulamium and its museum, charting the Roman history of the area. Hatfield also has a museum, although this is dedicated to the history of British Schools and the development of education in the UK.
If you want to take a walk, why not head to Lee Valley Regional Park with its nature and hiking trails, or to Aldenham Country Park, famous for its inspiration for Winnie the Pooh's 100 Aker Wood?
Just outside Watford there is the Harry Potter studio tour, with sets used on the film as well as many interactive exhibits to explore. Ideal for both children and adults, it makes for a great day out.
Within striking distance of Hemel Hempstead is Woburn Abbey, with its collection of animals in a safari park environment and country house. It's excellent for family trips.
Given Hemel Hempstead is situated so close the M25, it is easy to navigate round outer London to visit any of its many attractions or to use the M1, A1(M) or M11 to head north to the Midlands or Cambridge.