Amaravati Buddhist Monastery
St Margarets, Great Gaddesden
Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire HP1 3BZ
Depending on your starting-point, there could be various ways of getting to Amaravati Buddhist Monastery. Please select the tabs below to see the different directions.
Request to all drivers: Considerate driving
There is a a speed limit of 30 mph from the turn off the A4146 through the village and on to St Margaret’s Lane where the monastery is situated. St. Margarets is a narrow lane used by Amaravati visitors, plus neighbours and their children and dogs and horses, especially on a Sunday. We are in a quiet residential area. Please respect our neighbours, who generously tolerate the traffic that passes through to the monastery, by slowing down and protecting the peaceful atmosphere. Thank you.
Directions by road
From South/South West
Take the M25 to junction 20. Follow the A41 to the centre of Hemel Hempstead.
From London/ East/ North
Take M1 to Junction 8. Follow A414 to Hemel Hempstead town centre.
From roundabout at Hemel Hempstead town centre
Take A4146 (Leighton Buzzard). About 4 miles later, after crossing a very narrow one-lane bridge in Water End, turn left at crossroads signposted Great Gaddesden, (Hemel Hempstead garden centre at the corner). Go past the village, up the hill,and turn right as soon as you see the sign for St Margaret’s where the road forks. (You will know that you have missed the turn if you find yourself in the village of Nettleden, in which case turn round and follow the directions below.) Go past the houses, until you see the large double gates of Amaravati on your left. Turn in and find a parking space among the other cars.
From West/North West:
Drive to Berkhamsted. At traffic lights in the town centre, turn into Lower King’s Road (which becomes Station Road); follow it to the T-junction (Gravel Path). Turn left (uphill) and drive to Nettleden (3 miles). Here, take a right uphill road signposted Great Gaddesden (directly opposite the church). Go over the crest of the hill and take first left turn (very sharp—you’ll know you’ve gone too far if you find yourself in the village of Great Gaddesden). Once you have turned left towards St. Margaret’s, drive along the road past the houses until you see the large double gates of Amaravati on your left. Turn in and find a parking space among the other cars.
Parking at Amaravati:
Open-air parking facilities are available at Amaravati. There is a new carpark by the gate, which is dry underfoot and potentially keeps traffic away from wandering children, and adults. Please could you use it for parking your car, and always refrain from parking in the lane, as this does damage the verges (which we then need to smooth out and re-grass), and it concerns the neighbours.
Petrol stations nearby:
Petrol and garage services are available in Berkhamsted, which is 4 miles (6 kilometres) from Amaravati.
Directions by rail
The nearest railway station is Berkhamsted, 4 miles (6 km) from Amaravati. It is advised to take a taxi in front of the railway station to Amaravati, which is approximately £11 (£16 on bank holidays). Trains to Berkhamsted depart from Euston Station in central London and the journey time is approximately 35 minutes.
Those traveling from London St Pancras International are advised to take the underground/subway to Euston Station for their train to Berkhamsted (total journey time approximately 55 min).
For detailed information on timetables & fares
Taxi Company stationed in front of Berkhamsted station: 01442 875100
Directions by air
The closest airport from Amaravati is Luton Airport which is approximately a 30-minute drive. London Heathrow is around 45-minutes away (non-peak hours), and Stansted Airport 75-minutes.
To reach Amaravati after your arrival at those airports, it is easiest to take the National Express (coach) to Hemel Hempstead bus station, which is approximately 4 miles away (6 km). It will take around 15 minutes by taxi to Amaravati. The taxi will cost around £17 from Hemel Hempstead.
From Heathrow Airport (LHR) to Hemel Hempstead bus station
Take the National Express Airport 787 or 707 to Hemel Hempstead (35-45 minutes)
From Luton Airport (LTN) to Hemel Hempstead bus station
Take the National Express 707 or 737 to Hemel Hempstead (approximately 25 minutes).
From Stansted Airport (STN) to Hemel Hempstead bus station
Take the National Express 737 to Hemel Hempstead (approximately 2 hours).
Note for your return trip: the earliest coach that departs from Hemel Hempstead is 5 am (arrival at Stansted Airport around 7:00 am)
From Gatwick Airport (LGW) to Hemel Hempstead bus station
Take the National Express 707 to Hemel Hempstead (approximately 2,5 hours).
Note for your return trip: the earliest coach that departs from Hemel Hempstead is 4.30 am (arrival at Gatwick Airport around 7:00 am)
For detailed information on timetables & fares
If you decide to hire a taxi at the airport, make sure it is a properly registered vehicle and agree the fare before starting the journey. Do not travel with anyone offering a ‘taxi’ service inside the airports as they are likely to be illegal, unlicensed drivers.
Directions by bus
The closest bus stops are in Great Gaddesden or Nettleden, which are an approximately 20 minutes walk (up-hill) to Amaravati. The buses depart from Berkhamsted or Hemel Hempstead.
The bus timetable:
For other bus information:
For the recommended walking route from bus stops to us, see the map below (red or blue line):
View Walking to Amaravati (after arriving by bus) on a map
Directions by gps or satnav (TomTom)
It seems that not all satellite navigation devices have our street ‘St Margarets’ correctly spelled or it is missing altogether. The most effectively is to use our postcode. Please try the options listed below to find us on your device:
Town: Great Gaddesden
Street: St Margarets, or Saint Margarets, or Saint Margarets Lane.
We are located next to number 1 (we don’t have a street number). If that is not possible, the adjacent street is called: Pipers Hill (please look at the map above)
Postcode: HP1 3BZ
Latitude: 51.792049 (N 51 47.523)
Longitude: -0.519864 (W 0 31.192)