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 B440 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.


Look for this signpost – Great Gaddesden

From roundabout at Hemel Hempstead town centre
Take B440 (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.