Hemel Hempstead

The Town Centre is evolving into an appealing, attractive and sustainable destination with a thriving economic centre and a high quality environment. 

The Council has over £30 million invested into the regeneration of Hemel Hempstead town centre, branded Hemel Evolution. A key regeneration project starting in September 2014 will be bringing major public realm improvements to the pedestrian shopping area enticing families to linger with new play facilities throughout the space. This will be overlapping with the delivery of the new bus interchange which will free up space on Market Square for a new cinema and complementary restaurants. Another key project, the restoration of Geoffrey Jellicoe’s nationally significant landscaped Water Garden, will be starting in Spring 2015. More information on Hemel Evolution can be found at

The Hemel Hempstead Town Centre Partnership is an independent initiative bringing together key representatives from the town centre community with the aims of improving safety, encouraging more people and investment into the town, and creating a prosperous and attractive town centre for residents. The partnership is made up of representatives from the two shopping centres, retail agents, voluntary and community sector and Dacorum Borough Council. Activities range from organizing the Christmas Lights Switch-On to providing environmental audits of the different areas.


This canal side market town has a population of approximately 18,800 people. It is a historic town, situated between Hemel Hempstead and Tring on the path of the Grand Union Canal. Berkhamsted is comfortable and safe for residents and visitors alike, where newcomers are always welcome.

There are good rail and road connections and the town has every amenity. It is particularly proud of its wide range of high quality schools.


The small, picturesque town of Tring has a population of approximately 12,000 and is situated in the western-most corner of Dacorum, largely residential amid the wooded Chiltern Hills on the Ridgeway. The train station is just 2 miles out of the town centre, which makes travel easy by car and train in all directions.

Tring and the surrounding area is full of character with much to do in the way of leisure; whether it be relaxing at the luxurious Champneys Spa or strolling around the Tring reservoirs and taking in the spectacular views on offer.


Dacorum offers a wide selection of shops and town centre attractions. Hemel Hempstead incorporates a variety of high street stores and two shopping centres: Marlowes and Riverside. The Old Town contains many antique and speciality shops.

Furthermore, each neighbourhood centre of Dacorum has its own parade of local shops.

Retail parks are dotted around the Borough including Jarman Park which combines leisure facilities and shopping opportunities. Apsley also boasts a large supermarket and outlets for electrical, hardware and furnishing.


Traditional markets are held every week and month in Hemel Hempstead, Berkhamsted, Tring and Bovingdon. These include specialist Farmers, French, Arts and Crafts markets occupied by local trades people and businesses.