Local area

  1. The Kings Arms
  2. 1. Berkhamsted Castle
  3. 2. The Rex Cinema


Most famous for being the terminating point of the Norman invasion of 1066, Berkhamsted was also the place where William of Normandy became William the Conqueror. However, he declined to accept the crown in Berkhamsted saying he would receive the keys to London in Berkhamsted and would have the crown in London. It was in 1066 when work first started on what has long since been known as Berkhamsted Castle.

A ruined Norman castle, it is now in the care of English Heritage. Following the Norman Conquest, Berkhamsted Castle became a favourite country retreat for the Norman and Plantagenet dynasties and was the royal home of many members of the monarchy.

The Grand Junction Canal
Low level easy walks, leisure boat rides and canalside pubs.

Berkhamsted Castle (English Heritage)
A ruined Norman motte-and-bailey castle which commenced construction in 1066 by William the Conqueror. Free admission.

The Rex Cinema
A 1930s art deco theatre-style cinema screening different film titles almost daily. Includes bar serving wine, beers and snacks.

Ashridge Forest (National Trust)
Over 2,000 acres of woodland and parkland at the heart of the Chiltern Hills.