St Albans Travel Guide

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St Albans Highlights

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     Wonderful historic buildings, Roman remains, museums, cathedral, churches, great market, 

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     Heavy traffic in places 

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     A highly overlooked place not too far from London 

St Albans Things to Do

  • Cathedral

    This is the oldest site of continuous Christian worship in Britain. It stands over the place where Alban, the first martyr, was buried after giving his life for his faith over 1700 years ago – more than 200 years before St Augustine arrived in Canterbury It a great place to visit and holds a great family Christmas carol service. I haven't yet to...

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  • Verulamium Park

    The Verulamium Park is a lovely park in the centre of St Albans. The park is named after the Roman City of Verulamium on which it stands It's lovely to walk around, in any weather. The river Ver runs through the park and there is also a good sized ornamental lake in the middle, which is home to many wild fowl including duck, swans, Canadian geese...

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  • Clock Tower

    The tower was built between 1403 and 1412 and is the only medieval town belfry in England still in existence. It was built by the townsmen to assert their freedom, power and wealth in face of the Cathedral. The Towers original bell weighs one ton and has a diameter of one metre is called Gabriel. The Tower is 19.6m (64’) high at the parapet. A...

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  • The Roman Walls

    In Verulamium Park, which has the museum, sports grounds and children's playground, there are segments of the old city wall of Verulamium which was the third largest Roman city in Britain with a population of 8000. It dates to the 3rd Century. Like other Roman walls it was faced with dressed flint, with narrow layers of of tiles horizontally placed...

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  • Roman Theatre

    You'll need a very good imagination to visualize the Roman theatre as it once was because there is little left in the ruins today. I thought the entrance fee of 2 pounds was quite expensive as there really was very little to see here. If you visit the Verulamiun museum you will get a much better idea of how the theatre looked in Roman times.

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  • Verulamium Museum

    This is a nice museum showing the history of the Roman city of Verulamium. There are some really good mosaics inside from roman villas, as well as a large collection of everyday objects that have been recovered from archeological digs around the area. Opening Hours Monday - Saturday 10.00am - 5.30pm Sunday 2.00pm - 5.30pm Admission Charges *...

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St Albans Restaurants

  • Bakewell Tart and Ice Cream

    We popped into the delightful spot on a cold, blustery, rainy Saturday afternoon after it had been recommended to us by friends.The simple decor and the large tables and benches give the place a homely feel. The polite service crew are mostly made up of local youngsters but don't let this put you off.The place is relaxed and there is no need to...

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  • Waffles

    This is one our our favourite restaurants in St Albans and is ideal for a spot of lunch or an early dinner.The Waffle House serves up waffles with everything. You can have waffles for starter, main course and the dessert.The restaurant is at the just outside of the bottom of the Verulamium Park and has many outside tables. You may have to queue for...

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  • Tasty Ploughmans Sandwich

    After a hour or so running around the kids playground, this is an oasis for parents. It set in the middle of the historic Verulamium Park. It's open for breakfast and lunch and also does a high tea.The food here is always fresh and the service is very friendly. There is a good size room for a small family function and whilst we were last here there...

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St Albans Nightlife

  • Mind Your Head in the Boot

    The Boot pub is an old establishment of St Albans. Central in its location, a stones throw from the clock tower.It's a lovely old pub with decent beer. One of its quirks is the the height of the ceiling. It's not to far from your head when you first enter, and gets progressively lower in certain parts of the pub.Anybody over 6ft be advised ......

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  • Good Meeting Up Point

    The Peahen is in the centre of St Albans' and so it makes an ideal spot to arrange to meet up with friends. That's not to say you can't stay here all evening though.The food, although your simple pub grub menu. has always been excellent and the draught German beer decent.It opens until late on Fridays & Saturdays as it has a 1.00am licence, but I'm...

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  • Comedy Club

    I went to the last month Howlin Comedy Club night at The Maltings and thought it was brilliant! Not only were the comedians exceptional (the same standard you get at most leading comedy stores) but the the set up was intimate, and took comedy back to it's grass routes. Fantastic, exactly how I love to watch my comedy!! However you come.

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St Albans Transportation

  • 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...

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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...

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  • Parking

    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.

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St Albans Shopping

  • Excellent markets

    St Peters Street, the main street of St Albans, is the location for regular markets, with a history going back hundreds of years.On Wednesdays and Saturdays there's the general market with over 170 stalls selling a huge variety of goods.There are also specialist markets - Italian, Continental, Farmers - on various days throughout the year. Details...

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  • Visit Antonio

    This is one of the chain of very fine food shops owned by the celebrated Italian chef, antonio Carluccio. Whilst not cheap, there is a huge array of excellent food, much of it specifically prepared for the chain.There is also a caffe (sic) attached. The website provided gives full menu datails. slightly expensive, but you get what you pay for.

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  • A fine selection of shops.

    the Maltings is not a particular shop but one of two quite sizeable shopping precincts in St. Albans . The other is christopher place (see seperate tip). I iddn't stop to ocunt the actual number of shops but there is a very good selection, iwth all the usual high street names.

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St Albans Warnings and Dangers

  • Rubbish trains at the weekend until 2012...

    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...

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  • Holywell Hill

    This is a very steep and traffic-lined hill. Legend has it that St. Alban's severed head rolled down the hill from the execution site and into a well at the bottom. If you are at the bottom of the hill it is a much easier and more aesthetic climb to walk up the hill in Verulamium Park.

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  • Drive through McDonald's

    If you are in the retail park near the Abbey Station (Sainsbury’s, Comet etc.) and fancy something to eat I recommend you AVOID the McDonalds restaurant. It is one of the most unwelcoming and inefficient branches of the global chain that I have come across. After waiting around 10 minutes to be served, whilst a number of uninterested staff milled...

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St Albans Tourist Traps

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    by planxty Updated Oct 17, 2005

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    I don't know whether or not to describe this as a tourist trap, because I doubt if many tourists visit, but it's the only place to put venues I'm not fond of. It is the Glass House pub @ 82 Victoria Street, St Albans, walking into town from the train station. It used to be a decent pub (the name of which escapes me now). I visited recently and the clientele seemed to consist of poseurs, the service was abysmal, and the whole place had been turned into yet another "trendy" bar. As the title says, not for me, thanks.

    Unique Suggestions: You don't have to, there are some very good bars in St. albans (see other tips)

    Fun Alternatives: If you are not put off by rock music, the Horn is nearby (see seperate tip).

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St Albans What to Pack

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    by St_Vincent Written Jun 24, 2007

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    Photo Equipment: You should definitely bring a camera and get some shots of the wildlife around the Verulamium Lake and the River.

    Miscellaneous: This is more of a tip about what NOT to pack on a visit to the Verulamium Park. Although there is a temptation to do so please do not bring bread to feed to the ducks and birds around the lake as it does them more harm than good. Bird seed or other specialist bird food is better and can be bought from the Inn on the Park cafe quite cheaply.

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    • Birdwatching

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St Albans Off The Beaten Path

  • De Havilland Aircraft Museum

    This is a fantastic aircraft museum in nearby London Colney. It tells the story of the De Havilland engines and aircraft.It's a great place to spend a few hours if you're into your aircraft history. They have some beautiful Mosquito aircraft.

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  • The Ziggurat

    This is actually my favourite building in St. Albans. Located very close to the train station, it is a reflective glass building of offices. I got very excited as a child when I saw this building as I thought it looked like something out of the TV show Dallas, albeit a bit smaller ;) (Little things please little minds!).It is a functioning office...

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  • St. Bartholomew's Church

    This is an interesting little church. The design is outside is modern and inside very tastefully furnished. Unlike many of the churches in St. Albans, this one was built as recently as the 1960s. At the time there was an expected development of housing in the area. The local clergy thought that a new parish would be needed for worship. So in...

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St Albans Sports & Outdoors

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    by St_Vincent Written Jun 16, 2007

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    The St Albans half marathon has taken place for the last 26 years and this years event was on Sunday 10th June. There were four different races, a 1.5 mile fun run for kids, a 5Km run, a half marathon walk and the main event the half marathon run. All races started and finished in Verulamium Park with many of the runners raising funds for charities. Around 1,400 people took part in the main race.

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St Albans Favorites

  • Battles of St. Albans

    The First Battle of St Albans was the first battle in the War of the Roses. It was fought on 22 May 1455. Richard, Duke of York and his ally, Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick, defeated the Lancastrians under Edmund, Duke of Somerset, who was killed. York also captured King Henry VI.This battle is widely known for its appearance in Shakespeare's...

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  • Coat of Arms

    For those that are interested in heraldry, this is the crest of St. Albans. The significance of the crest is explained from the following website : http://www.ngw.nl/int/gbr/s/stalbans.htm"The blue shield with gold saltire was recorded as St. Albans' arms in 1634 and certified in 1951. These are the attributed arms of the Kingdom of Mercia. King...

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  • Map of St. Albans City Centre

    A good map of the centre of St. Albans can be seen at the following URL :http://www.stalbansmuseums.org.uk/Sites/Verulamium-Museum/Map

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