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.
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.
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.
Places of interest
- The Rex Cinema
- Mentmore Golf and Country Club
- Grand Union Canal
- Berkhamsted Castle
- The 5000 acre Ashridge Estate
- The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre
- ZSL Whipsnade Zoo
Getting to Berkhamsted
- M25, Junction 20
- M1, Junction 8
- Frequent trains from Berkhamsted to London Euston, taking approximately 35 minutes
- Luton Airport is approximately 13 miles away
- Dacorum Borough Council
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- Aylesbury Vale District Council
- Berkhamsted Town Council
- Town Clerk
- Town Warden