Events in and around Berkhamsted over Heritage Weekend

Photo: Illustrative image for the 'Events in and around Berkhamsted over Heritage Weekend' page

12-15th September, 2013

Thursday 12th September 

British Film Institute, Kingshill. Guided tours at 1030, 1130, 1400 and 1500. Numbers limited. Booking absolutely essential to Jenny Sherwood 01442 865158 or

Friday 13th September 

‘A Walk into the Past - Berkhamsted Place, Successor to the Castle.’ Guided Tour 1000. Booking requested with Jenny Sherwood, as above. Berkhamsted Place was built by Sir Edward Carey in the reign of Elizabeth I, using material from the Castle. It was frequently referred to as the Castle. Although little remains of the Mansion itself the area is rich in history. 

Friday 13th September

Dacorum Heritage Trust Museum Store. Numbers limited. Tours at 1430 and 1630. Booking essential 01442 879525 or This museum store holds collections from all parts of Dacorum and is not normally open to the public.

Saturday 14th September

Dacorum Heritage Trust Museum Store. Guided tour at 1030. Details as for Friday.

Saturday 14th September

‘A Walk into the Past – Berkhamsted Place, Successor to the Castle.’ Guided Tour, including Great Barn at 1400. Details as for Friday.

Sunday 15th September 

Old Hall and Chapel Berkhamsted School. Tours at 1030 and 1430. The original School House was built in 1544. The beautiful little chapel is Victorian.

St. Peter’s Church and Court House Tour at 1500. The church, the second largest in Hertfordshire, was consecrated in 1222. The Court House is Tudor.

St Mary’s Church, Northchurch. This was the older of the two Berkhamsted parishes and stretched once from Dudswell to the village of Bourne End. The oldest part of the church is Saxon. It has many interesting tombs and memorials, including the grave of Peter the Wild Boy, which was recently Grade II listed. Open 1400 - 1630 with tours as required.

Claire Lloyd Properties, 173 High Street Open 1030 – 1600. Small group tours at regular intervals. The oldest known urban jettied building with timbers dating back to the late 13th century. Not suitable for the very young or elderly or those with mobility problems.

Berkhamsted Town HallOpen 1500 – 1700. Guided tour at 1530. This Market House, Town Hall and Institute Room was built in 1859 and replaced the Tudor Market Hall destroyed by fire in 1854.

Berkhamsted Castle.  Open 1000-1800 with guided tours at 1030, 1230, 1500. Sign language will be available for the 1230 tour. The finest example of a motte and bailey castle remaining in the country, with many royal associations.

Ashlyns School, former Foundling Hospital. Open 1300-1730. Tours at 1330 and 1530, led by former foundlings. Sign language will be available for one of the 1530 tours.  Booking essential with Jenny Sherwood as above.

Further details available from Jenny Sherwood. Website or

This page was added by Jonathan Mein on 18/09/2013.

If you're already a registered user of this site, please login using the form on the left-hand side of this page.