Good place to park......
St Albans itself is very walkable indeed. It's just a matter of finding not-too-expensive parking which allows you to easily access the city.
St albans is well-supplied with car parks but I decided on Westminster Lodge car park, easily and quickly accessible from the M1 junction 8 and witin easy walking distance of the cathedral. I'd checked it out on streetview and it not only has lots of spaces (300+, I believe) but is also set in very pleasant surroundings at the start of Verulamium Park the vast area of green space which covers what was once the prosperous Roman town of Verulamium. There are several separate parking areas divided by trees an small grassy areas.
I arrived around 9.45 on a Saturday morning and found a space easily enough, but I'd add a warning here. The car park not only serves Verulamium Park (hugely popular with joggers and dog walkers, and for family walks) but also the rather good Westminster Lodge Leisure Centre. I popped in for a coffee and toilet break and the place was already heaving with people, the majority of whom I suspect had arrived by car. So you might find spaces slightly fewer if you arrive later on Saturday or Sunday.
Charges are pretty reasonable for an English car park. This one is actually free for the first 2 hours! I chose the 5GBP option, which allowed me to park for the next 24 hours (I didn't, of course!) and gave me more than enough time to see what I wanted to see without worrying about getting a fine for over-staying.
Ticket machines accept coins only but you can also pay by phone.
Recommended if you are arriving in St Albans via the M1, whether from north or south.
1. Take the A414 towards Hatfield.
2. Turn left at the roundabout along the A5183.
3. At the mini-roundabout take the A5183 to the right.
4. Car park is signed to the right after one more mini-roundabout.
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Catch the train.
There are two railway stations serving St. Albans, namely St. Albans City and St. Albans Abbey. The one you want is St. Albans City. It is on the Thameslink line and services running from Bedford to Brighton stop here. They are extremely frequent and the fast train is only 20 minutes from London. The station is about a ten minute walk from the centre of St. Albans and is up a bit of a hill which may prove a problem for mobility impaired travellers. There are always taxis outside the Station, though.
The 'phone number given is for service / engineering updates, and the website is the national rail journey planner which gives timetables.
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Rubbish trains at the weekend :(
Please note that until 2012, for essential Thameslink Programme engineering work, the route between St Pancras International and London Bridge/Herne Hill will be closed at the following times:
* All day on most Saturdays and Sundays (see below for a list of Saturdays and Sundays that services will operate)
* Between 2230 and 0430 (overnight) on Mondays to Fridays
On the following days, Thameslink route limited stop services between London and Bedford will operate from the high-level platforms (platforms 1-4), at St Pancras International while the all-stations services to/from Luton will go no further south than Kentish Town*.
* Sunday, 14 March
* Sunday, 28 March
* stopping services will terminate and start from Kentish Town between approximately 0630-1930 on Saturdays and approximately 0930-1930 on Sundays; outside these hours they will also run to and from the high-level platforms (platforms 1-4), at St Pancras International.
Customers requiring trains that start from/terminate at Kentish Town should use the Northern line between Kentish Town and central London to complete their journey. For advice on how to get to your destination, visit the Thameslink Programme website.
Saturdays and Sundays on which a train service will run through central London:
Sunday 21 March 2010
Saturday 10 April 2010
Sunday 11 April 2010
Sunday 16 May 2010
Sunday 6 June 2010
Sunday 12 September 2010
Sunday 3 October 2010
Sunday 17 October 2010
Saturday 23 October 2010
Sunday 24 October 2010
Saturday 6 November 2010
Sunday 7 November 2010
If on a short visit to St. Albans there is a long term car park located at Westminster Lodge (near Verulanium Park). Parking is free for the first four hours of your visit. For those with a sat-nav the postcode is AL1 2DL. The walk up to town from here through the park is nice and will take about 10 minutes.
easy access from London
St Albans can be reached easily from London by following the M1, or from King's Cross Thameslink to St Albans City Station. The Museum and Theatre are about 10 minutes walk from City Station. It can also be reached from Euston/ Watford Junction to St Albans Abbey Station.
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Train from London
St. Albans City train station is only 20 mins away from Kings Cross in Central London. From the train station itself you can walk to the city centre in 10 mins (uphill) along Victoria Street.
There is a second train station on a seperate line (St. Albans Abbey) that connects St. Albans with Watford Junction.
From London to St. Albans
St. Albans is known as a commuter town to London. Hence, travel links between it and the capital are good. There are regular trains between St. Albans and London's King Cross (and other stations on the Thameslink line). It takes from 20-30 minutes to get there and costs 7 pounds for a day return ticket (as of 2006). The station at St Albans is in the south of the town, about 10 minutes walk from the centre.
St Albans is very easy to visit by car from London. Its located right next to the M25 London orbital motorway (junction 21A or 22) and also if you're travelling from the north, the M1/M10 is even closer. As for parking, its best to park in the Verulamium Museum car park which is west of the city centre as its the cheapest at 80p per stay. If you stay in the other city centre car parks then you have to pay by the hour. From the museum car park you can visit the museum, St Michael's church, the Roman theatre remains, walk down Fishpool Street into the city centre and then onto the cathedral and back to the car park through Verulamium Park.
To reach St Albans from London by rail is very simple and probably the best way if you're intending to visit for a day. The station you need in London is King's Cross Thameslink and this will take you to St Albans City station in approx 20mins via First Capital Connect trains. The station in St Albans is about half a mile east of the city centre.