Hemel Hempstead town centre

Live @ New Town Square eventThe town of Hemel Hempstead has much to offer its many visitors and is a great family-friendly place to shop.

Marlowes, the outdoor pedestrianised shopping zone, has recently been the subject of a major revamp and now boasts many facilities to help turn your visit into more than just a shopping trip. There are innovative play areas for children, an attractive food court and a town square with entertainment from the musical fountain, the Rainbow Stage and a large LED screen. For more information about fountain performances, stage bookings and film screenings, please visit our Arts, entertainment and events page.

On Wednesdays, the town plays host to an antiques market, while on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays the market stalls cover everything from fruit and veg to handbags and clothes.

The Marlowes Shopping Centre is an indoor mall and features a range of independent and well-known high street shops, as well as cafes, seasonal pop-up outlets, covered parking and comfort facilities.

Riverside, the newest addition to the shopping area, has been attractively landscaped around the River Gade and features many favourite high street stores. There is a bustling, cafe society feel with a wide range of eateries, many with outdoor seating facilities.

Most of the major high street stores you'd expect of a busy modern town can be found in Hemel Hempstead. The area is covered by CCTV and there is a Safe Child Scheme, baby changing facilities and easy parking.

For something unique, why not stroll up to the Old Town High Street and browse around the antique, gift and other shops. Here, you'll also find plenty of restaurants and pubs.

Town centre vehicle access

If you need to access the pedestrianised area of Marlowes by vehicle, you will need to apply for a permit. For more information, please visit our Hemel Hempstead town centre vehicle access page.


For information about busking in the town centre, please visit our Busking in Hemel Hempstead page.


Cycling in the pedestrianised area of Marlowes in Hemel Hempstead town centre is prohibited. For more information, please visit our Cycling page.