WELCOME TO ST ALBANS
Just half an hour from London!
St Albans has been welcoming visitors for centuries. Medieval pilgrims
came to the shrine of Britain's first Christian martyr, St Alban. Today's visitor
comes not only to explore the inspiring Cathedral, but also the site of Roman
Verulamium, now protected in 100 acres of beautiful parkland. The award winning
Verulamium Museum tells the story of the Roman city and display fabulous
mosaics and wallplasters. Nearby are the remains of the best preserved Roman
theatre in Britain.
St Albans is easy to get to by road or rail. There are ample car parks and two
railway stations. It is a city easily explored by on foot, offering the contrasts of old
and new. Walk down historic Fishpool Street and you find yourself in the delightful
village of St Michael's with its 16th century water mill. Back in the city centre
regular guided walks are available.
The 15th century Clock Tower, a rare example of a town belfry, is just a short
step away from a wealth of attractive shops and restaurants. This mixture of past and
present provides a unique atmosphere in which to linger, gaze and enjoy. Every
Saturday and Wednesday sees the lively street market. Established over 1,000 years
ago, it is now one of the largest in the South East, offering goods of very kind from
fruit and vegetables to antiques, records and books.
The story of St Albans is explored further at The Museum of St Albans in
Hatfield Road. Here you will find lively exhibitions and a wildlife garden where you
can relax for a while, before resuming your tour.
On the edges of the city are the Organ Museum with its working instruments
and the famous Gardens of the Rose. Home of the Royal National Rose Society, it
presents a magnificent show of colour and scent throughout the summer.
St Albans offers a real day out — priceless heritage, original shops and a
unique and welcoming atmosphere. Ideal for a weekend break, St Albans offers a
world of choice, and boasts over 100 places to eat and drink in the city centre alone.
It hosts three theatres and enjoys a lively night life. By contrast, quiet lanes,
delightful villages and enticing pubs can be found only minutes away from the
Come and explore St Albans — you won't be disappointed.