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BEST WESTERN The Watermill

London Road, Bourne End, Hemel Hempstead, Herts, HP1 2RJ

Ratings & Awards

3 stars Hotels that are inspected by the AA for their level of service and facilities are reflected in the number of stars awarded.
Bronze CSR award from Green Tourism.

Hotel Amenities

  • Free Internet
  • Free parking onsite (100 spaces)
  • Fishing
  • Restaurants
  • Bars
  • No Lift
  • 24hr service
  • All Public Areas Non Smoking

Get in touch

08445 76 76 76
*local rate

near the BEST WESTERN The Watermill, Hemel Hempstead

The Snow Centre

UK-based snow sports fanatics need not travel to the Alps every time they need a quick winter sports fix. Hemel Hempstead now boasts a 160m slope, an indoor lesson slope of 100m and top-of-the-range equipment and facilities.

Available : Daily


Set in a magnificent mansion within 170 acres of Hertfordshire parkland on the edge of the Chiltern Hills, just mention the word Champneys and others such as "health" and "pampering" spring to mind.

Available : Daily

The Grove

Once a weekend retreat for Queen Victoria, King Edward VII and Lord Palmerston, The Grove is an 18th-century mansion, set in 300 acres of parkland, with a fully-equipped Ayurvedic spa, a pay/play Championship golf course, three restaurants and lovely formal gardens. What's more, you don't need to be a guest at the five-star hotel to make the most of the facilities.

Available : Daily

Woodside Leisure Park

Opened in January 1996, Woodside Leisure Park consists of Hollywood Bowl ten-pin bowling, an eight-screen Warner Village Cinema and the first-ever Kidsports facility. There are also various chain restaurant outlets and a bar (in Hollywood Bowl).

Available : Daily

Tring Natural History Museum

The fantastic range of animals collected by keen zoologist Lionel Walter Rothschild is on show at the Tring Natural History Museum. Intriguing exhibits include the petrifying black angler fish and the fleas dressed as Mexican dancers.

Available : Daily

Whipsnade Wild Animal Park

Conceived as an extension of London Zoo and the first open zoo in Europe, Whipsnade Wild Animal Park is set in 600 acres of parkland and is home to around 3000 animals from 150 different species, as well as a dedicated conservation programme and top class education facilities.

Available : Daily

Cassiobury Park

A splendid vista of English greenery, Cassiobury Park was once the estate of the Earls of Essex, as restored by Charles II. It is now administered by Watford Borough Council, offering a variety of natural habitats on either side of the Grand Union Canal for sporting and leisure pursuits. A mixture of flowerbeds, shrubberies and meadowland, the park is a haven for cycle riders, locals and visitors alike to escape the urban hustle and bustle.

Available : Daily

Watford Palace Theatre

The Watford Palace Theatre, which reopened in autumn 2004 after a £8.7m refurbishment, is a hive of cultural activity for Watford. The theatre produces nine shows a year, many of which tour nationally and transfer to the West End.

Available : Daily

Harlequin Shopping Centre

With 140 stores, including the likes of John Lewis, Marks & Spencer, BHS and Next, Watford's Harlequin Shopping Centre offers an unrivalled shopping experience, where you literally can shop 'til you drop!

Available : Daily

Watford Museum

Watford Museum tells the story of Watford past and present. Housed in the former offices of Benskins Brewery, it has displays of local history and industry, as well as paintings and sculpture.

Available : Thu, Fri, and Sat only

The Haunted Museum

Ghoulish goings-on and spooky sights await any child courageous enough to enter Watford Museum this Halloween. Under cover of darkness it opens its chambers and holds a night-time tour through its creepy corridors - with plenty of surprises.

Available : Oct 2013 (annual)

Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre

The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre is set in the village of Great Missenden where the author lived and worked. It celebrates the extraordinary life and imagination of the creator of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and aims to inspire children to create their own stories.

Available : Daily; not Mon

Hatfield House

Chosen as the home for Henry VIII's children, Hatfield House is a gem in Hertfordshire's crown. Visitors can see tapestries, furniture and works of art in the house and explore the extensive gardens.

Available : Apr - Sep 2013; not Mon or Tue (annual)

Buckinghamshire County Show

This long-established traditional agricultural show at Weedon Park offers cattle, sheep and horse classes, domestic and horticultural classes and nearly 200 trade stands. Weather permitting, visitors can take a hot-air balloon ride or even try parachuting.

Available : Aug 2013 (annual)

Stanley Spencer Gallery

The Stanley Spencer Gallery in Cookham showcases paintings and memorabilia from this local and celebrated painter of the interwar years. Have a look at his locally set New Testament and the pram in which he wheeled around his painting equipment.

Available : Daily

The Stanley Spencer Gallery

The Stanley Spencer Gallery in Cookham is devoted exclusively to the artist, in the village where he was born and spent most of his life.

Available : Daily

Battle of Britain Weekend

London's RAF Museum commemorates the bravery of those who took part in the Battle of Britain with a weekend of special activities. Bringing history to life, actors present the story of RAF pilots, while a living-history area shows the struggles they endured.

Available : Sep 2013 (annual)

Carling Cup Final

Although not as high-profile as the FA Cup, in recent years the Carling Cup has enjoyed something of a renaissance, and the winners earn potentially lucrative UEFA Cup qualification. The final is played at Wembley Stadium.

Available : Feb 2013 (annual)

FA Cup Final

The FA Cup dates back to the 1871/1872 season, when 15 teams took part. Nowadays the competition kicks off in November with some 700 teams all having the same dream, of holding the cup aloft at Wembley Stadium in May.

Available : May 2013 (annual)

Knebworth House

Mentioned in the Domesday Book in 1085 as "Chenepeword", meaning a village on a hill, Hertfordshire's Knebworth House has been in the Lytton family since 1490. Once a huge red-brick Tudor house, it is now a towering gothic mansion.

Available : Mar - Sep 2013 (annual)


The Sonisphere festival, on tour in Europe, comes to the UK's stately home of rock music - Knebworth in Stevenage. Camping is available from Thursday and the bill is firmly rooted in out and out rock music.

Available : Jul 2013 (annual)

Slough Bonfire and Fireworks Spectacular

Guy Fawkes fireworks displays take place up and down the country this month, so of course the good people of Slough are staging their own celebration. The annual event takes place this year in Upton Court Park.

Available : Nov 2013 (annual)

Maidenhead Railway Bridge

The two brick arches of Maidenhead Railway Bridge have connected Bray and Boulter's Locks since 1838. Try out the impressive echoes in the "sounding arch" that crosses the Thames, designed by world-famous engineer and railway pioneer Isambard Kingdom Brunel.

Available : Daily

Maidenhead Farmers' Market

Those of you who are yet to be convinced about the merits of farmers' markets should visit Maidenhead Farmers' Market, held on Groves Road. It's one of the town's most reliable addresses for fresh, locally produced treats and savoury delicacies. 

Available : Apr - Aug 2013 (annual)

Maidenhead Heritage Centre

The town centre's Maidenhead Heritage Centre holds exhibitions delving into local history from 100AD to the present day. Pick up cards, books and prints from the shop or drop in for a talk on Maidenhead's royal connections and juicy local scandals.

Available : Daily; not Mon

The Thames Path

What could be more pleasant than an afternoon spent strolling along England's greatest river. The well-worn Thames Path path follows the length of Father Thames for 184 miles from close to its source in Gloucestershire, through several rural counties and on to London where it comes to an end at the Thames Barrier and spills into the Thames estuary. Strike out by foot, cycle, ride or cruise the calm water on a narrow boat.

Available : Daily

Eton College

Eton College was founded in 1440 by King Henry VI and has become one of the most exclusive schools in the world. Tours of the college include the cloisters, the chapel, the oldest classroom and the Museum of Eton Life.

Available : Mar - Oct 2013 (annual)

Dorney Court

Dorney Court is one of the finest Tudor manor houses in the country. Built in 1440, it has been lived in by the same family for over 450 years, and is still lived in today.

Available : May 2013 (various dates)

All Saints Church

All Saints Church in Maidenhead town centre is surrounded by the vicarage, clergy houses, former school and almshouses. Don't miss the stained glass, marble columns and huge brass eagles on the lectern at this Victorian church, built with multi-coloured bricks.

Available : Daily

Old Boys Toys

Collectors of model cars, buses and bikes are in their element at Old Boys Toys. Filled with road vehicles, and some dinky toys, this is the place for serious collectors. Highlights include 1960s VW microbus complete with hippy decoration.

Available : Daily

Theatre Royal Windsor

Nestling in the shadow of Windsor Castle is the Theatre Royal Windsor. Opened in 1910, the theatre's repertoire is wide, ranging from the classics and traditional pantomime to productions of new work that often transfers to the bright lights of the West End.

Available : Daily; not Sun

St George's Chapel

St George's Chapel is one of the most beautiful ecclesiastical buildings in England. The building was started in 1475 by Edward IV and took 50 years to construct. It is the Chapel of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, Britain's highest order of chivalry founded by Edward III in 1348.

Available : Daily

Changing of the Guard

The Changing of the Guard is a highlight of any visit to Windsor Castle. Watch the guards as they march up the High Street into the castle and see the "changing" ceremony outside the Guardroom in the Castle's Lower Ward.

Available : Jan - Dec 2013 (annual)

Semi-State Rooms

The private apartments created by George IV at Windsor Castle are officially known as the Semi-State Rooms and can be viewed during the winter months. The King was renowned for his impeccable taste, love of fine objects and theatrical flair.

Available : Sep 2012 - Feb 2013 (annual)

Big Wheel

Berkshire's answer to the London Eye, Windsor's Big Wheel in Alexandra Gardens gives spectacular views over the battlements of Windsor Castle, the River Thames and the local countryside. For those who want to impress, a champagne gondola can be booked.

Available : May - Aug 2013 (annual)

Royal Windsor Horse Show

Windsor Home Park hosts some of the most spectacular family entertainment the equestrian world has to offer. The Royal Windsor Horse Show features showjumping, a gymkhana, carriage driving and more, all in front of the magnificent backdrop of Windsor Castle.

Available : May 2013 (annual)

Windsor Contemporary Art Fair

Art lovers faithfully gather for the annual Windsor Contemporary Art Fair, held at the Royal Windsor Racecourse. Photography, paintings, drawings, limited-edition prints, sculptures and glasswork by over 100 exhibitors are on display.

Available : Nov 2013 (annual)

Waddesdon Manor (Gardens and Aviary)

Waddesdon Manor Gardens is a fine example of High Victorian gardening, with traditional three-dimensional carpet bedding. The summer months here are spectacular and there's lots to do all year round.

Available : Daily; not Mon or Tue

Kite Flying on Parliament Hill

Parliament Hill, one of the highest points on north London's Hampstead Heath, offers unbeatable views of the city. Join kite-flyers and make the most of the wind and the thrilling backdrop, featuring St Paul's, Canary Wharf and other prominent landmarks.

Available : Daily

Kenwood House

Kenwood House is an idyllic cream mansion on north London's Hampstead Heath. View paintings by Rembrandt, Turner and Gainsborough left by the first Earl of Iveagh in 1927. A walk across the heath provides spectacular views of London.

Available : Daily

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BEST WESTERN The Watermill
London Road
Bourne End
Hemel Hempstead
Sat nav postcode:HP1 2RH

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