The 10 Best Things to Do in St. Albans, United Kingdom (UK)

January 9, 2018 Merry Kessler

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.
Restaurants in St. Albans

1. St Albans Cathedral

Sumpter Yard, St. Albans, England +44 1727 860780
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St Albans Cathedral

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 starbox120862 - Aylesbury, United Kingdom

What can I say- it's fantastic. Steeped in history, but beautiful as well. Loved the painted ceiling, stained glass - and the St Albans version of Bayeux tapestry, telling story of Cathedral. NB Excellent gift shop on site!

2. Verulamium Park

Westminster Lodge Holywell Hill, St. Albans AL1 2DL, England +44 1727 819366
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4.5 based on 788 reviews

Verulamium Park

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 starbox120862 - Aylesbury, United Kingdom

We left car in parking area here then wandered round the huge and beautiful park, with large lake (much bird life including a heron), and various Roman relics (NOT the theatre- you have to exit park by museum, cross main road and it's dead opposite.) We visited the Roman mosaic / hypocaust (free: in its own little building); no time to see museum but it's an interesting 'Roman' style of architecture!

3. de Havilland Aircraft Museum

Salisbury Hall, London Colney, St. Albans AL2 1BU, England +44 1727 826400
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4.5 based on 288 reviews

de Havilland Aircraft Museum

Reviewed By William B

If you like the mosquito and de Havilland aircraft this is a brilliant place to go it is a museum in progress so at the moment there is nothing flash about it probably don't want to go when it's raining or cold having said that I certainly will be going back again you can see them working on planes loads of engines and commercial planes see website for more details

4. Verulamium Museum

St. Michaels Street, St. Albans AL3 4SW, England +44 1727 751810
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4.5 based on 366 reviews

Verulamium Museum

Reviewed By Gary T

Had some interesting artefacts but more aimed towards children than adults, but for the £5 entrance fee worth a visit on a rainy day, has lots of little Knick knacks for sale in the gift shop, you should allow about an hour for a good look round.

5. Redbournbury Watermill and Bakery

Redbournbury Lane, Redbourn Road, St. Albans AL3 6RS, England +44 1582 792874
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Redbournbury Watermill and Bakery

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 mary f - Hertford, United Kingdom

Wonderful day making wonderful breads with proper flour. Our tutor, Steven managed to guide us through making and baking 9 different bread doughs from sour dough to Malted honey and sunflower seeded bread. He gave us lots of tips and taught us everything we needed to know to make bread at home.Lovey good bag plus all that bread to go home with. We have our very own Paul Hollywood here in St Albans.

6. St Albans Clock Tower

High Street, St. Albans AL3 4EL, England +44 1727 751810
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4.5 based on 293 reviews

St Albans Clock Tower

Built between 1403 and 1412, the Clock Tower is the only 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 approximately 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 Festival (September) and the Christmas Lights switch-on (December). 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 IAN O - Wigan, United Kingdom

Regrettably I was unable to go inside when I visited st Albans on a Friday. Tower only open on weekends so didn't have the chance to see the town from above.

7. Heartwood Forest

High Street | Sandridge, St. Albans AL4 9DQ, England
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4.5 based on 123 reviews

Heartwood Forest

Reviewed By Ktcarr - St. Albans, United Kingdom

I go to Heartwood a lot as I regularly walk a dog there. It has lots of trees and is a perfect place for sighting birds, many that you would not get to see otherwise.
The bluebells are just stunning and a must see. Its great to have this beautiful open space whilst living in quite a suburbian area. Its great for children as there are marked out walks some shorter than others and have some lovely wood carvings on the walk routes so great for kids to spot them. There has recently been a lovely tearooms open in the local village that you can walk to from Heartwood as well as two lovely pubs the Rose & Crown and The Queens Head, again walking distance but advisable to pre book especially at weekends.

8. Willows Activity Farm

Red Lodge Coursers Road, London Colney, St. Albans AL4 0PF, England +44 870 129 9718
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Willows Activity Farm

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 Lenka L

Having been here few time we have only good things to say about this place. Great day out for the kids. There is a large soft play are if there is bed weather. Plenty of space to have a picnic and lots to do outdoors.Thank you for taking the time to leave a review, We are really pleased you had a great day out. We hope you come back & see us soon.

9. St Albans South Signal Box

Ridgmont Road, St. Albans AL1 3AJ, England
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5 based on 58 reviews

St Albans South Signal Box

Reviewed By Andrew081 - St. Albans, United Kingdom

Just has another great visit to St Alban’s old Signal Box. The small garden was lovely just to sit in on a warm Sunday afternoon with a mug of coffee and biscuit (£1) whilst chatting with the volunteers who rebuilt and now look after this signal box and also with other visitors. The small model railway (with a James and a Percy engine) kept young children enthralled for ages.
Whilst the Signal Box in only open on the 2nd and 4th Sunday afternoon (2pm to 5pm) – less often in the Winter Months; on the May to Oct Sunday afternoons it is not open the North London Society of Model Engineers site in Colney Heath is open for those needed a model train fix and an optional ride around the grounds.

10. Shaw's Corner

Ayot St Lawrence, nr Welwyn | Hertfordshire, St. Albans AL6 9BX, England +44 1438 820307
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Shaw's Corner

Reviewed By ChristineBiggleswade - Biggleswade

The house is unpretentious but it has so many little reminders of George Bernard Shaw's life and work. There are also many fascinating photos and documents on display . The Gardens are beautiful in May and June, and you can just imagine him writing, or seeking inspiration, in the little hut at the bottom.
Wouldn't I have just loved to have an argument with him (and it wouldn't have been difficult!) They don't make them like that any more.....

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