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Group itineraries

Our tourism team has extensive knowledge of the area, and we are happy to offer advice and support on all aspects of your group visit.

We have developed some itineraries which can be enjoyed separately, joined together, or tailored to create your perfect trip.

2,000 Years of History

2000 years of history 300pxThis fascinating tour offers your group the chance to explore 2,000 years of visible history with our expert guides.

The tour begins at the magnificent St Albans Cathedral where you will learn the story of Alban, Britain's first saint, hear how the Cathedral was one of the premier Abbeys in England and the birthplace of Magna Carta, see a stunning collection of medieval wall paintings and visit the Shrine of St Alban.

Take a break for lunch before making your way with your guide to the Roman City of Verulamium, once the third largest Roman city in Britain. The ruins of Verulamium are set in the beautiful Verulamium Park next to the picturesque St Michael's Village with its watermill and ancient parish church. Not to be missed are the unique Roman Theatre and Verulamium Museum with its superb collection of mosaics.

Available: All year round
Duration: Half day or full day
Key dates: Alban Weekend takes place on 24th and 25th June 2017, with the Alban Pilgrimage (24th June) or the Street Festival (25th June)
Extra time? Why not visit Verulamium Museum and discover our Roman roots?

Martyrs, Monks and Markets

Your group can discover the true heart of St Albans with a tour of St Albans Cathedral, a guided walk through the historic streets of the city and an amble through the ancient, thriving market place.

Step back in time and hear how the Cathedral played host to kings and queens as one of the premier abbeys in the land, and discover how the monks of the Abbey went about their daily life.

Just a short stroll away, your group can then explore the most picturesque area of the city with your City Guide, including the medieval Clock Tower and the ancient marketplace.

Available: All year round 
Duration: Half day 
Key dates: The Charter Market takes place every Wednesday and Saturday, with 160 stalls. There are also Farmers Markets on the second Sunday of each month.
Extra time? Haunted tours take place in the evening, so there's plenty of time to enjoy other attractions in the city during the day.

2,000 years of hospitality

St Albans 2000 years of hospitality 300pxFor centuries, St Albans has been a town of inns, taverns and alehouses. Even today, it lays claim to having more pubs and inns per square mile than any other city in Britain, as well as the country's oldest pub, Ye Olde Fighting Cocks, which has been welcoming visitors since 793AD.

During the coaching age of the 17th and 18th centuries, St Albans was the first stop outside of London, and at one point, there were fifteen inns in one street alone.

This fascinating tour takes in the city's history of hospitality, and also looks at the architecture and people who were part of this vibrant aspect of St Albans.

Available: All year round
Duration: 90 minutes
Key dates: Why not visit during St Albans & Harpenden Food & Drink Festival (23rd Sept - 2nd Oct 2017, with an outdoor Street Finale on 1st October) or the CAMRA St Albans Beer Festival (27th - 30th Sept 2017)?
Extra time? Why not visit St Albans Cathedral or Roman Verulamium?

Haunted St Albans

St Albans is a city of cobbled lanes, half-timbered buildings and intriguing alleyways. The 90-minute Haunted St Albans tour reveals the secrets behind these streets and offers a thrilling glimpse into the lives of residents past who, some say, are still present…

The tour starts as the sun sets and is full of tales of the unexpected. It introduces visitors to a fascinating cast of characters, such as little Charlie, who died in Market Place aged just 10, and the lady who forgot to duck when her carriage entered the archway of the 16th-century White Hart Hotel. Enjoy it if you dare!

Available: October to March
Duration: 90 minutes
Please note: Group bookings cannot be made for Halloween walks, as these are always oversubscribed.
Extra time? Haunted tours take place in the evening, so there's plenty of time to enjoy other attractions in the city during the day.

St Albans at Christmas

Christmas in St Albans 300pxThe perfect city destination for groups looking for an alternative, more boutique-style, European Christmas Market. The tour starts in the morning, with groups gathering at the Cathedral, where they will enjoy a festive 12 Days of Christmas Group tour, followed by a mince pie and mulled wine in the Abbot's Kitchen.

After lunch, there's time to squeeze in an Historic St Albans - A City Revealed tour before heading back to the Christmas Market to enjoy a glass of gluhwein.

Available: Throughout the Christmas Market opening dates
Duration: Half day or full day
Points to note: due to the historic nature of the area, some pavements are uneven, particularly the area around Vintry Garden. The Market is extremely busy at weekends, and so we advise you to bring groups on weekdays for a more relaxed visit. The Charter Market, with 160 stalls, takes place each Wednesday and Saturday, and offers a vast range of non-Christmassy goods.

Dates and details will be added later in the year.

Key dates: Carols on the Hour takes place at St Albans Cathedral on the last Saturday before Christmas.
And there's more: Aladdin, this year's pantomime at the Alban Arena, takes place from Thursday 7th December 2017 to Sunday 7th January 2018. There’ll be comedy, singing, dancing, stunning sets, dazzling costumes, and a top-quality West End cast! It's the perfect way to finish your day!


Contact

For help with putting together your tour, contact Jenny Swatton by emailing tourism@stalbans.gov.uk or calling 01727 819492.

Twin-centre trips

If you'd like to cover more ground, there are some fabulous nearby options for twin centre tours. Why not spend half a day in St Albans enjoying the Cathedral, Roman history or shopping, and then move on to...

Royal National Rose Society 190x150Gardens of the Rose
On the outskirts of St Albans is the Gardens of the Rose, offering stunning displays from 2,000 different varieties of roses. The garden contains historic roses as well as more modern varieties. June and July are optimum visiting times. Open to the public from mid-June to early August.
Facilities: Dedicated coach bays - free of charge, plus a free refreshments voucher for Coach drivers.
Tel: +44 (0) 0845 833 4344
Web: www.rnrs.org.uk

Aylett Nurseries 190x150Aylett Nurseries
Just a short drive from St Albans city centre a family- run, award winning Garden Centre founded by the pioneering Roger Aylett in 1955 has been the recipient of 40 Gold Medals from the Royal Horticultural Society for the cultivation of Dahlias. From June to September you can enjoy a stroll through the Celebration Garden and Dahlia Field for inspiration and relaxation! The Autumn Festival in September is a colourful extravaganza when a Marquee becomes home to delightful displays of the cut Dahlias, a joy to behold! The bounty of British orchards is celebrated on the Apple Weekend in October and their Christmas Spectacular which opens in early October is full of magic with festive treats and gifts galore. With an all-weather plant area, coffee house and gift shop Aylett Nurseries is truly an all year Destination Centre where a warm welcome awaits you.
Facilities: Free Parking; Free Wifi; Disabled facilities; Outdoor seating; Baby changing facility; Coffee shop; Gift Shop and Gift wrapping service; Children’s Play area
Tel: +44 (0) 1727 822255
Web: www.aylettnurseries.co.uk

Knebworth House 190x150Knebworth House
Just half an hour from St Albans is Knebworth House. The romantic exterior of Knebworth House with its turrets, domes and gargoyles silhouetted against the sky does little to prepare the visitor for what to expect inside. The House has stood for many years longer than the Victorian decoration suggests and the stucco hides from view a red brick house dating back to the Tudor times. The Gardens at Knebworth are delightful throughout the season. The 28 acre formal gardens include a maze, colourful borders, fine trees and a wilderness area.
Facilities: Free admission ticket to group organisers (bringing a minimum of 20 paying guests) and there is a meal voucher for the coach driver on open days when the Garden Terrace Tea Room is open to the public.
Tel: 01438 810931
Web: www.knebworthhouse.com/visiting/group-booking

Woburn Abbey 190x150Woburn Abbey
Visit Woburn Abbey and Gardens to discover the history of Afternoon Tea, enjoy priceless treasures, uncover fascinating stories and stroll through beautiful gardens. Begin your visit with a two-mile drive through the deer park, where nine species roam freely.
Facilities: Free admission for a pre-visit recce for group organisers, as well as a number of other benefits.
Tel: 01525 292101  
Web: www.woburnabbey.co.uk