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St Albans - a unique English Cathedral City

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St Albans stands out as a unique English Cathedral City. The city’s colourful history can be seen in the Roman remains and the beautiful medieval architecture. There are lush green parks and countryside, a buzzing metropolis, excellent attractions, fabulous shopping and a fantastic range of eating and drinking establishments plus special events throughout the year. Come and visit to discover St Albans for yourself - you'll be sure of a warm welcome.

What's on Offer


St Albans has a wealth of remarkable heritage from over 2000 years of human occupation. Take your time to explore and enjoy all of the district’s fantastic attractions, with something to offer everyone. Whether for historic interest or purely for fun (or perhaps both at the same time!), you’ll be amazed at what you can find to do in and around St Albans!

Places to Visit

Find out about Britain’s first Christian Saint at St Albans Cathedral, see stunning floral displays at Gardens of the Rose, or discover St Albans' fascinating Roman and Medieval history. There are also pretty little villages nearby and beautiful countryside to explore.


There is a vibrant and varied range of arts and entertainment whatever the weather, whatever the season, day and night. There are theatres hosting a packed programme of events throughout the year, plus nightclubs and hundreds of restaurants and pubs to enjoy.


A visit to St Albans for shopping is a unique and varied experience, a contrast to indoor shopping malls. The city’s historic ambience provides a delightful setting in which to explore a wide range of top name and independent shops. The bustling city centre market on Wednesdays and Saturdays is one of the largest in the south east of England, with over 160 stalls.

Eating Out

St Albans embraces good food and drink, with a host of eateries offering food from every corner of the globe. We have many "real ale" pubs, including ancient hostelries. St Albans is also the home of CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, which holds a major a beer festival each year. As well as the bi-weekly market, there are monthly farmers markets around the district which showcase the excellent local produce available. The annual St Albans & Harpenden Food and Drink Festival also celebrates the vibrant local food scene with a range of events and an outdoor finale.

Recreation & Sport

St Albans City and District is home to a vast range of excellent leisure facilities designed to suit all ages and interests. For those who enjoy fitness and sports activities, there are various sports centres to choose from, whilst if you prefer more relaxed pursuits, there are plenty of opportunities ranging from walking and cycling to golf, horse riding and fishing.


St Albans offers a fully comprehensive range of accommodation, from small, intimate bed and breakfasts to large hotels. Whether you want elegant luxury or a modest place to stay, we have somewhere sure to meet your needs.

Getting There


Close to the M1, A1(M) and M25 (Junctions 21A and 22).


20 minutes by rail from St Pancras International on the First Capital Connect line. St Albans is also connected to Watford via the Abbey line.


London Luton and Gatwick airports are directly linked to St Albans by rail. Stansted and Heathrow airports are also easily accessible.