10 Things to Do in St. Albans That You Shouldn't Miss
St Albans /sənt ˈɔːlbənz/, /seɪn ... / is a city in Hertfordshire, England, and the major urban area in the City and District of St Albans. 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.
1. St Albans Cathedral
4.5 based on 2046 reviews
St Albans Cathedral 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.The building itself is a blend of architectural styles spanning a millennia and contains recycled Roman bricks from Verulamium. Of special interest are the 13th century wall paintings, a rare watching loft and the shrines of Saint Alban and Amphibalus, the priest who converted Alban to Christianity.
Reviewed By AlisonHughes - London, United KingdomLondon, United Kingdom
Such a beautiful cathedral with very friendly guides. The history, preservation & information is amazing. We had travelled to St Albans just see the cathedral & we weren’t disappointed. A very friendly guide gave us a lot of information & she was great. W
2. Verulamium Park
4.5 based on 907 reviews
Verulamium Park is a public park in the City of St Albans, Hertfordshire. Along with being a wide open area for recreational purposes, the park includes all that is left of a Roman settlement from which the park takes it's name. The large amount of history on view in the park has resulted in a museum dedicated to the Historic Roman heritage upon which St Albans has been built. The park also includes a long list of facilities including; Tennis courts, sand courts, football and cricket pitches, An athletics track and field facility, a golf course, childrens play area, outdoor childrens Splash Park, a large leisure facility called westminster lodge Leisure Centre which contains a gym and indoor swimming pool, a cafe, a large lake fed by the River Ver, plenty of provision for picnics and family activities and what is thought to be the oldest and one of the most famous public houses in England called The Fighting Cocks. Overlooking the entire area is the St Albans Abbey, a large cathedral dating back to 1077AD. The park is an epicentre of greenery and wildlife and it is a hub of social and recreational activity that the people of St Albans can be extremely proud of.
Reviewed By SeeItSayItSorted - Las Vegas, NevadaLas Vegas, Nevada
Go on, Take a walk!
Finally were able to visit the park and Roman walls I have been hearing about for years. Decided on Easter weekend, since the weather was exceptional and after some time at the market to stroll along the River Ver to the open park. There were plenty of vi
3. Verulamium Museum
4.5 based on 427 reviews
Reviewed By themoshpitreject - Beck Row, United KingdomBeck Row, United Kingdom
Spent a few hours here, it's a small museum but it's decently priced and loads of information. Really worth a look. We had a 4 year old with us but there was enough there too keep everyone happy. Loved the way the set it up, easy to go through and the til
4. Heartwood Forest
4.5 based on 182 reviews
Reviewed By Robert D - St. Albans, United KingdomSt. Albans, United Kingdom
A good walk for young children
I have been to this forest twice now and enjoyed the walks. There are several trails to follow and this is good as you can choose how long you want to walk for.The forest is newly planted and so works for small children. There is an established forest whi
5. Redbournbury Watermill and Bakery
4.5 based on 113 reviews
An eighteenth century working watermill museum and bakery. The mill produces organic stoneground flour and artisan loaves are handmade in the bakery. The majority of our organic grain is grown on a neighbouring farm giving our flour and bread the lowest "food-miles". There are four floors of the mill to explore and the mill's Crossley HD11 oil engine normally runs on Sunday afternoons.
Reviewed By CR8 - Surrey, EnglandSurrey, England
Great Little Place to visit.
We stopped here for a quick visit after visiting St Alban's.This is a great little place, an 18th Century restored watermill, that still works and has 4 floors of information, exhibits and of course flour.AND, ITS FREE, unusual these days, but true. They
6. Aylett Nurseries
4.5 based on 78 reviews
Reviewed By donr808 - Bedford, United KingdomBedford, United Kingdom
Cafe let down
Lovely garden centre. Plants are really good. Xmas display 1st class.Trouble was the cafe. Told would have to wait 20mins for food? Jacket potato. Cup of tea so small overpriced. Tables left uncleared or cleaned for long time.After 30mins asked where food
7. Shaw's Corner
4 based on 141 reviews
Reviewed By Louise673 - Stevenage, United KingdomStevenage, United Kingdom
Off the beaten track this well cared for Edwardian house and gardens are a treat. Originally Shaw’s holiday home it is surrounded by quiet Hertfordshire countryside. The house is full of Shaw’s paintings and books as well as the usual paraphernalia of an
8. de Havilland Aircraft Museum
4.5 based on 355 reviews
The UK’s oldest aviation museum dedicated to the preservation of the de Havilland aviation heritage.
Reviewed By David G - Cambridge, United KingdomCambridge, United Kingdom
Well worth visiting
Visited with my 85 year old, ex-RAF father. Found it easy to get around and dad insisted on climbing steps into various aircraft! Really interesting exhibits, excellent stewards and helpful information ‘boards’. Catering was limited but not a problem.Very
9. St Albans Clock Tower
4.5 based on 324 reviews
Completed by 1405, the Clock Tower is the only surviving medieval town belfry in England and is designated as a Scheduled Ancient Monument. The tower with its fine bell has survived over 600 years of use. The Clock Tower was first and foremost a political statement. The townspeople used it to assert their freedom, power and wealth in the face of the premier Benedictine Abbey of England (now St Albans Cathedral). The Clock Tower is generally open from Easter (Good Friday) to the end of September, every Saturday and Sunday and Bank Holiday, between 10.30am and 5pm. Last admission 4.45pm. It is also sometimes open on other special occasions like Heritage Open Days (September), the Food & Drink 'Feastival' (September) and the Christmas Lights switch-on (November). Admission: Adults: £1. Children: free. Unfortunately the Clock Tower is not wheelchair or buggy accessible or for those who experience claustrophobia. The climb up to the top is via 93 very narrow and steep steps.
Reviewed By Hoppityskip - Basildon, United KingdomBasildon, United Kingdom
Had a quick look at it
Sadly it was closed but the outside is lovely and a seriously historic monument, take time to visit but be aware of its limited opening hours
10. Willows Activity Farm
4 based on 693 reviews
A wholesome day out the whole family will enjoy. Our all inclusive price ensures a carefree day out with all shows, fun fair rides, inflatables, Tractor Ride, acres of outdoor and under cover activities plus entry to the Peter Rabbit Adventure Playground included in the entry price. Enjoy the farmyard animals, the countryside setting with delicious home made food available in our catering outlets, gift shop, free parking and an easy to find location, just off junction 22 of the M25. We have seasonal events including Potato Shindig where every child can harvest a bag of potatoes and Pumpkin Festival where every child can pick their own Pumpkin.
Reviewed By Zillekor - Luton, United KingdomLuton, United Kingdom
We are absolutely in love with this farm. The only downside: no one picks up the phone on the weekeds♀️After the Saturday power cut off we wanted to make sure on the Sunday morning that we don’t make the half hour trip for nothing again ...but no one pic