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Berkhamsted /ˈbɜːrkəmstɛd/ is a medium-sized historic market town on the western edge of Hertfordshire, England. The affluent commuter town is located in the small Bulbourne valley in the Chiltern Hills, 26 miles (42 km) northwest of London. Berkhamsted is a civil parish, with a town council within the larger borough of Dacorum. People have been living in the Berkhamsted area for over 5,000 years, including evidence of flint working in the Neolithic period and metal working in the late Iron Age and Roman periods. The high street is on a pre-Roman route known by its Saxon name Akeman Street. The earliest written reference to Berkhamsted is in 970AD. Berkhamsted was recorded as a 'burbium' (an ancient borough) in the Domesday Book in 1086. The oldest known extant jettied timber-framed building in Great Britain, built 1277 - 1297, survives as a shop on the town's high street. In the 13th and 14th century the town was a wool trading town, with thriving local market. The most important event in the town's history was in December 1066. After William the Conqueror defeated King Harold's Anglo-Saxon army at the Battle of Hastings, the Anglo-Saxon leadership surrendered to the Norman encampment at Berkhamsted. The event was recorded in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle. From 1066 to 1495, Berkhamsted Castle was a favoured residence held by many English royals, including Henry II and Edward, the Black Prince; and historical figures such as Thomas Becket and Geoffrey Chaucer. After the castle was abandoned in 1495 the town went into decline, losing its borough status in the second half of the 17th century. Modern Berkhamsted began to expand following the construction of the canal and the railway in the 19th century. Among those born in Berkhamsted was Colonel Daniel Axtell, who was the captain of the Parliamentary Guard at the trial and execution of Charles I in 1649. The towns literary connections include the 17th century hymnist and poet, William Cowper, the 18th century writer Maria Edgeworth, and the 20th century novelist Graham Greene. The town is the location of Berkhamsted School, a co-educational boarding independent school, founded in 1541 by John Incent, Dean of St Paul's Cathedral; and Ashlyns School a state school whose history began as the Foundling Hospital established in London by Thomas Coram, in 1742. The town is home to the Rex Cinema (a highly regarded independent cinema) and the British Film Institute's BFI National Archive at King's Hill, one of the largest film and television archives in the world, which was endowed by J. Paul Getty, Jr.

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This is a perfect opportunity to take a break from your routine and enjoy a fun-filled holiday. Berkhamsted in United Kingdom is an ideal destination for a vacation! The nearest major city to Berkhamsted is London. Add London to your vacation plan, it has an interesting bunch of activities to do on your visit like The London Eye, British Museum, Tower Of London. Also, to reach Berkhamsted, you'll have to take a flight to London; so its not really a detour. And even if it is, the city is worth paying at least a quick visit. Get in the character of the city, this city requires at least of 1 to 2 number of days of exploration.

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Facts and Stats for Berkhamsted*

  • Pollution Statistics in Berkhamsted

    Know the pollution level of Berkhamsted before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 25 (Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 75 (High)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 25 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 25 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 25 (Low)
  • Berkhamsted: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Berkhamsted for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Berkhamsted.

    • Burglary and Theft 36.11 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 22.22 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 19.44 (Very Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 16.67 (Very Low)
    • Car Stealing 25 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 25 (Low)
    • Attacks 22.22 (Low)
    • Drug offense 16.67 (Very Low)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 88.89 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 69.44 (High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 16.67 (Very Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 21.88 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 30.56 (Low)
  • Living in Berkhamsted - Quality of Life

    • Safety Index 75.72 (High)
    • Pollution Index 22.41 (Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 32.17 (Low)
    • Health Care Index 70.83 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 17.92 (Very High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Berkhamsted

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Berkhamsted

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.07 USD
    • International Movie per seat 11.25 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 52.96 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 86.06 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 92.68 USD

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