St Albans is a vibrant city in Hertfordshire, England and the major urban area in the City and District of St Albans. Part of the London commuter belt, it nevertheless has an atmosphere, culture and history of its own; and there’s much to see and do. It lies east of Hemel Hempstead and west of Hatfield, about 20 miles (32 km) north-northwest of central London, 8 miles (13 km) southwest of Welwyn Garden City and 11 miles (18 km) south-southeast of Luton. St Albans was the first major town on the old Roman road of Watling Street for travellers heading north, and it became the Roman city of Verulamium. It is a historic market town and is now a dormitory town within the London commuter belt and the Greater London Built-up Area.
St Albans offers a wealth of attractions and activities throughout the year, both educational and entertaining.
St Albans Museum & Gallery, a centre for arts and culture, showcases over 2,000 years of priceless heritage. Soak up the atmosphere of this grand 19th Century building, with regularly changing exhibitions and a vibrant programme of events. The beautiful 11th-century St Albans Cathedral, on the oldest site of continuous Christian worship in England, stands proudly in the city centre. From summer 2019, the Cathedral’s brand new Welcome Centre and exhibition reveals the many treasures fascinating stories the Cathedral has to share.
St Albans was once Verulamium and was the third largest city in Roman Britain, and the Verulamium Museum unravels the district’s rich history with interactive displays, and some of the finest Roman mosaics and wall plasters outside the Mediterranean. Nearby you can explore more Roman history at the Hypocaust and the Roman Theatre. Head to Willows Activity Farm for a brilliant family day out – visit the animals, enjoy shows, funfair rides, and stop off at the brand new Peter Rabbit Adventure Playground and say hello to Peter, Mrs Tiggy-winkle.
Relax in the tranquillity of 100 acre Verulamium Park, browse the historic 150 stall Charter Market amidst the city’s medieval architecture, or enjoy our annual festivals, including Alban Weekend and the Food & Drink Festival.
Other nearby attractions include:
- Heartwood Forest is a vast new native forest with pockets of ancient woodland
- Redbourn Village Museum exploring the village’s 900 year history
- 18th Century Redbournbury Watermill & Bakery on the River Ver rare chalk stream
- St Albans South Signal Box, a preserved Midland box adjacent to a mainline railway
- St Albans Tour Guides offer fascinating walks around St Albans city and beyond
- St Albans Clock Tower is the only medieval town belfry in England
- Ye Olde Fighting Cocks is the oldest pub in the country, at the edge of historic Verulamium Park
It’s easy to get here too. St Albans is just off the M1, A1(M) and M25, and only 20 minutes from central London by train, with direct rail links to Luton and Gatwick Airports.