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.

Leisure centres around the district

Swimming pools can be found at Westminster Lodge and Harpenden Swimming Pool. These centres, together with Redbourn Recreation Centre, also offer many other facilities including table tennis, basketball, badminton, volleyball, indoor hockey, football and netball. For the latest in gym equipment, try out the facilities located at Westminster Lodge, Cotlandswick Leisure Centre, and Harpenden Sports Centre.

See this page for information on the Verulamium Park toddler splash park and Harpenden paddling pool.

Activities for children and families

There are plenty of fun activities for children and families to do all around the district, and you can find out about some of them here.

There are also hundreds of events, small and large, taking place around the year, and you can search these by date on our What's On page.


The adiZone in Verulamium Park, has been designed and developed by adidas, Official Sportswear Partner of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. It is a giant outdoor multi-gym facility which boasts sporting facilities that include a basketball, football and tennis area, a climbing wall, an outdoor gym and an open area to encourage dance, aerobics and gymnastics.

Find out more and see details of upcoming events at the adiZone here.

Beach volleyball courts

Verulamium Park in St Albans is one of 6 successful venues to gain a new beach volleyball court after the Olympics, made with sand taken directly from Horse Guards Parade and the training courts in St James' Park.

See the website for information about activities, events and tournaments.

High Sports Indoor Climbing Centre

Westminster Lodge Leisure Centre, Holywell Hill, St Albans AL1 2DL High Sports at Westminster Lodge, St Albans, offers top rope and lead climbing, 12m roped wall, 8m free standing pinnacle, 40+ routes, Grades from 4+ to 7b, Bouldering wall, new problems set every and dedicated auto-belay line. There are taster sessions for juniors, adults and families, adult Beginner courses, a full junior club programme, and it is available for Birthday parties. Equipment rental and café on-site.


Information on golf clubs and courses around the district, both pay and play, and club courses which welcome visitors.

Samuel Ryder, founder of the Ryder Cup, was one of St Albans' most notable citizens so we take our golf seriously! You can find out more about Samuel Ryder, and follow a trail around St Albans places linked to him, in this leaflet.


Batchwood Golf & Tennis Centre provides outdoor tennis facilities which are ideal for everyone from the occasional player to the semi-professional. Outdoor courts are also available at Harpenden Leisure Centre, London Colney Recreation Centre, Clarence Park and Verulamium Park.