Things to do in St. Albans, Hertfordshire
St Albans has been welcoming visitors from far afield for 2000 years.
Today, the Roman heritage and imposing cathedral attract many visitors throughout the year.
Within easy access from the motorway network and just half an hour from London, come and discover St. Albans for yourself.
The city is named after St. Alban, Britain's first Christian martyr, a citizen of the Roman town of Verulamium, who was executed for his beliefs in the third century AD.
After the departure of the Romans, St. Albans grew up around the precincts of the Monastery founded in AD 900 - 950 by the Abbot Ulsinus, the acknowledged founder of St. Albans.
The magnificent Abbey Church dominates the city's skyline on every main approach.
The Abbey Gateway built in 1365, used for many years as a prison, it now forms part of St. Albans School.
The Clock tower was built between 1403 and 1412 and is now one of only two medieval town belfries in England.
Museums and Attractions
There is much to see and do in and around St. Albans. You can discover the life and times of a major Roman city at The Verulamium Museum, which features magnificent mosaics and recreated rooms.
Visit the Museum of St. Albans to learn the story of the city, or enjoy a visit to the Organ Museum.
Children will love a visit to Willows Activity Farm, where they can take part in seasonal farm activities and enjoy tractor rides!
Out and About
Beyond the city of St. Albans there is plenty to explore.
Further afield, just a few miles away from St. Albans, are other attractions and stately homes, including Hatfield House, Knebworth and Shaws Corner at Ayot St. Lawrence, once home of George Bernard Shaw.
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Travelling to St. Albans could not be easier.
By rail, just 30 minutes from London, St. Albans is served by the Thames link service through central London from the South Coast and Gatwick, to Luton and Bedford. The Silverlink service via Watford connects St. Albans with the main West Coast line from London Euston to Scotland.
By road, close to the M1, and M25, St. Albans is accessible from all parts of the UK.
By bus and coach, on the local bus network, St. Albans is well connected including services from North London, Welwyn Garden City and Hatfield, Luton and Watford. The green Line service links St. Albans with Heathrow and West London through to Harlow in Essex. Bt air, both Luton and Stansted airports are close by, with flights from many European cities and connections to the rest of the world. London Gatwick and Heathrow are also easily accessible from St. Albans.
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