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Things to do

St Albans has a wealth of remarkable heritage from over 2000 years of human occupation. So take your time, 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!

Attractions

St Albans has a wealth of remarkable heritage from over 2000 years of human occupation. So take your time, 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

Markets and Shopping

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.

Arts and entertainment

St Albans offers a vibrant and varied range of arts and entertainment whatever the weather, whatever the season, day and night. The lively atmosphere of St Albans has made it the premier nightspot for Hertfordshire and North London. Take in some entertainment at one of the theatres, and make a night of it by sampling the pub and club scene which offers a wide variety of live music from both local and nationally known bands.

Enjoy the Outdoors

The countryside around St Albans is wonderfully diverse. Thousands of years of human activity have left us with a layered landscape that is full of hidden secrets waiting for you to discover. Historic Bronze Age routes lie alongside Roman roads and modern motorways. Areas of ancient woodland meet the more planned landscape of the 18th century. Great mansions stand within picturesque parkland, and if you look carefully, you can find trees up to 1000 years old. This is a landscape that is crying out to be explored!

Enjoy Hertfordshire

Beyond the city of St Albans, but still within easy reach, there is plenty more to explore. There are a wealth of villages, good pubs, beautiful walks, historic churches and family attractions, a few of which are listed below. Make sure you take the time to visit them all, as you don’t want to miss out on something special!

Villages and hamlets

Beyond the city of St Albans, there is plenty to explore, stretching from the pretty town of Harpenden in the north to the surprisingly green Bricket Wood in the south, including Bricket Wood Common which is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). The area offers a wealth of villages, good pubs, beautiful walks, historic churches and family attractions such as Shaw’s Corner and the de Havilland Aircraft Heritage Centre.

Sport and recreation

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 for Groups

St Albans is an historic gem of a cathedral city with Roman roots. A generous helping of history with a dash of the contemporary and cultural make it the perfect recipe for a group visit. Find out more about group itineraries and group friendly venues in this section.