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5 Reasons to Visit Amazing St Albans

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5 Reasons to Visit Amazing St Albans

IMAGE: Amazing St Albans © Cecelina Tornburg


Brighten the dark winter months ahead and treat yourself to a fantastic day out in the historic town of St Albans. With wonderful shops, delicious food, medieval architecture, interesting history and lots of outside space for beautiful winter walks this vibrant city is the perfect destination forfamilies, couples and friends.


From the buzz of the weekly Charter markets and fantastic hospitality to lots of green, open spaces and a plethora of attractions, there is something for all ages to discover and enjoy.


  1. Spectacular Shopping - Old meets new with independent shops and boutiques offering cutting-edge and unusual items set in beautiful, Medieval buildings and three large shopping areas play host to well-known retail brands.From charming boutiques and quirky interior shops to artisan jewellers and health and beauty independents, you'll enjoy spending hours browsing. Look out for fabulous sales throughout January. St Albans is also renowned for its markets- the legendary twice-weekly Charter Market offers an eclectic mix of fresh produce, diverse artisan goods and world foods, simply fantastic for atmosphere and a vibrant place to shop.


IMAGES: Independent Shopping L/R © Kate Lindman © The Dressing Room © Chloe James Lifestyle

IMAGES: St Albans Charter Market L/R © Ren Behan © Phil Thompson


  1. Attractions - The colourful city is full of history- it was the site of England's most important Roman settlement and it's where the hot cross bun originated. Visit St Albans Cathedral, this impressive landmark stands on the site where Alban, Britain's first Saint, was buried over 1,700 years ago. The Museum + Gallery is a world-class centre for arts and culture, set over three floors and showcases over 2,000 years of momentous history- spend a few delightful hours absorbing the wonderful sculptural textile work by acclaimed artist, Anna Ray, in the ‘Fibre & Form' exhibition, on until 17thApril 2022. Also catch Winterscapes, an outside community arts project exhibition, on the Museum + Gallery railings until end of February. Stop at the Clock Tower, the only surviving Medieval town belfry in England and climb the 93 steps for magnificent views.


IMAGES: St Albans Cathedral / Clock Tower / Museum + Gallery - all © Stephanie Belton


  1. Outside Space - Wrap up warmly and enjoy taking in the views of Verulamium Park, it's a beautiful, serene area with an ornamental lake which is home to a wealth of wildlife and plenty of facilities for children. The Alban Way is a safe, flat and traffic-free route which is great for cycling and is dotted with pretty views, play areas and recreation grounds and reminders of its previous use as a railway line.



IMAGES: Verulamium Park and Alban Way © Adrian Antal


  1. Fine Dining & Cosy Pubs -St Albans has a remarkable history and reputation with food and drink.With over 100 restaurants, bistros, pubs, cafes and coffee shops - you're spoilt for choice.From fine dining restaurant experiences to cosy intimate meals in the pub, the eateries in town will provide the most memorable foodie experience. It's also the home of Britain's oldest pub, Ye Olde Fighting Cocks and is always worth popping in for a refreshment. Look out for a sumptuous selection of healthy new year options on the menus.



IMAGE: Ye Olde Fighting Cocks © Stephanie Belton (Left) The Boot © Cecelina Tornburg St Albans


  1. Arts & Entertainment - Birthplace of 60s rock band, The Zombies, and home to Stanley Kurbrick, St Albans retains a thriving arts and entertainment scene. The Sandpit Theatre hosts concerts, dances, comedy and film while The Maltings and Abbey Theatres offer a kaleidoscope of productions from musicals to Shakespeare and folk to children's shows. St Albans has a packed programme of vibrant and fun cultural events, including everything from live music, family entertainment, street festivals and more. Check the website to see what's on when you visit.


IMAGE: Arts & Entertainment in St Albans © Stephanie Belton

Where to stay?

Accommodation in the city centre ranges from small and intimate bed and breakfasts, apartments and rentals to large hotels including the stunning country style Manor hotel, St Michaels Manor and the luxurious Sopwell House.


IMAGES: St Michael's Manor (Left) Cottonmill Spa at Sopwell House (Right)


Download the official St Albans visitor guide


About St Albans

  • St Albans is one of the best-kept secrets in UK tourism. A historic gem of an English Cathedral City just 20 miles and 20 minutes by train from London is easily accessible by road with links to the M25, M1 and A1(M)
  • The city's colourful history and heritage can be seen in the Roman remains and the beautiful medieval architecture and picturesque buildings that look spectacular all year round.
  • A fabulous shopping destination, St Albans is home to an array of innovative independent retailers and well-known chains
  • The city is famous for its café and pub culture with a fantastic range of award-winning eating and drinking establishments, including Britain's oldest pub, Ye Olde Fighting Cocks
  • Enjoy lots of green, open spaces and parks - making St Albans a family friendly destination.


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