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136 High Street Berkhamsted
Hertfordshire
HP4 3AT
United Kingdom
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Living in Berkhamsted

Situated in the west of Hertfordshire, and at the edge of the Chiltern Hills, Berkhamsted is surrounded by beautiful countryside and attractive villages.

Originally a market town, it is most famously known as the place where William the Conqueror ascended to the English throne in 1066.

Today, Berkhamsted is a vibrant residential and cultural centre, with a strong identity and a local community feel.

With a regular farmers’ market providing the very best local produce, a wide range of cafes, attractive canal-side pubs and restaurants, it’s the ideal place for fine food and wine.

Throughout the course of the year you will find a huge range of artistic entertainment and concerts, from classical and jazz music to modern day bands, theatre and film.

Berkhamsted offers a wide choice of both private and state schools and excellent transport links, with the M25 and M1 being in close proximity.

Rail links to London Euston and Birmingham provide frequent, fast and direct services, and Heathrow, Luton and Stansted airports are all readily accessible.

Places of interest

  • The Rex Cinema
  • Mentmore Golf and Country Club
  • Champneys
  • Grand Union Canal
  • Berkhamsted Castle
  • The 5000 acre Ashridge Estate
  • The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre
  • ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

Local authority

  • Dacorum Borough Council
    Civic Centre
    Hemel Hempstead
    01442 228 000
  • Aylesbury Vale District Council
    Aylesbury
    01296 585858
  • Berkhamsted Town Council
    Civic Centre
    01442 228945
  • Town Clerk
    01442 228943
  • Town Warden
    01442 228882

Taxi/chauffeur services

Choice Yellow Cabs Ltd
01442 875 100

Property available in Berkhamsted

Whether you are looking for a quaint thatched cottage, a town house, an historic country house, or a modern executive home, Knight Frank can find the property that is right for you.

History

Berkhamsted was host to one of the great events that led to 1066 being one of the best remembered dates in history.

It was in Berkhamsted that the Saxon leaders offered the Crown to William the Conqueror, after his victory in The Battle of Hastings.

One of William’s first initiatives was to strengthen his new Kingdom with castles, one of them being constructed in Berkhamsted.

The construction of the castle fuelled the expansion of Berkhamsted into a flourishing market town.

From the start of the 13th century buildings were constructed along the old Roman road, including what is claimed to be the second largest church in Hertfordshire; Berkhamsted St Peter.

Berkhamsted has always had strong industrial connections with London due to the High Street being one of the trunk roads to and from the city.

Such was the importance of this road that in 1762 it was set up as a Turnpike Trust to ensure that it was properly maintained.

The links to London and the rest of the country were strengthened further with the introductions of the Grand Union Canal in 1798 and the railway in 1835.

One of the most notable people to have been born in Berkhamsted is the English novelist Graham Greene. One of Greene’s novels, ‘The Human Factor’, takes place in the town and mentions several places of interest.

During early Autumn a festival dedicated to the author is organised by the Graham Greene Birthplace trust.

Getting to Berkhamsted

Roads

  • A41
  • M25, Junction 20
  • M1, Junction 8

Rail

  • Frequent trains from Berkhamsted to London Euston, taking approximately 35 minutes

Air

  • Luton Airport is approximately 13 miles away

Schools

There is a wide choice of schooling in the area, for all ages, both in the state and private schools.

Infant schools (Ages 3-7 years)

  • Swing Gate Infant School & Nursery
    Swing Gate Lane
    01442 863913
  • Victoria Church of England Infant & Nursery School
    Prince Edward Street
    01442 865781

Primary schools (Age 3 - 11 years)

  • Bridgewater Primary School
    Bridgewater Way
    01442 871231
  • Greenway Primary School
    Crossways
    01442 866249
  • Westfield Primary School & Nursery
    Durrants Lane
    01442 862729
  • Potten End Church of England Primary School
    Church Road, Potten End
    01442 865022
  • St Thomas More RC Primary School & Nursery
    Greenway
    01442 385060

Junior schools (Age 7 - 11 years)

  • Thomas Coram Church of England Junior School
    Swing Gate Lane
    01442 866757

Secondary Schools

  • Ashlyns School
    Chesham Road
    01442 863605

Private schools

  • Beechwood Park School
    Markyate
    01582 840333
  • Berkhamsted School
    131 High Street
    01442 358001
  • Chesham Preparatory School
    Two Dells Lane
    01494 782619
  • Haresfoot School
    Chesham Road
    01442 872742
  • Lockers Park School
    Lockers Park Lane
    01442 251712
  • Abbot’s Hill School
    Bunkers Lane
    01442 240333
  • Westbrook Hay School
    London Road
    01442 256143
  • Tring Park School for the Performing Arts
    Tring Park
    01442 824255

Bars and restaurants

  • Zero Sushi Bar
    Berkhamsted
    01442 877982
  • Carluccio’s
    Berkhamsted
    Authentic Italian
    01442 877807
  • Brasserie Blanc
    Berkhamsted
    French Cuisine
    01442 285480
  • The Gatsby
    Berkhamsted
    Modern European
    01442 870403
  • The Alford Arms
    Frithsden
    British
    01442 864480
  • The Kings Arms
    Berkhamsted
    Modern British
    01442 866595
  • Regal Chinese
    Berkhamsted
    Chinese
    01442 865902

Cinema 

  • The Rex Cinema
    Three Close Lane
    Berkhamsted
    Hertfordshire
    HP4 2FG
    01442 877759