From famous historic sites to cultural escapes and of course the beautiful 11th-century St Albans Cathedral standing proudly in the city centre, why not make St. Albans the destination of choice for your next city break and soak up the culture and history of this beautiful, thriving city.

48 hours in St Albans

DAY 1
Start your day with a coffee and pastry in the stunning old octagonal courtroom at St Albans Museum + Gallery which showcases the city’s fascinating history. The Clock Tower (Apr-Oct) is a must, and after ascending its 93 steps, visitors are rewarded with stunning views of the city. Enjoy the buzz of the vibrant independent shops and twice weekly St Albans Market for everything from gift s to fresh produce.

Next absorb the heritage of spectacular St Albans Cathedral which boasts the longest nave in England, then wander through Abbey Gateway to Verulamium Park, a 100-acre park perfect for a picnic or leisurely stroll. Include a stop at the Roman Mosaic and Hypocaust and visit Verulamium Museum and the Roman Theatre for a true taste of Roman life.

At the end of the day enjoy some delicious food and a drink in one of the city’s traditional pubs, which have been part of life in St Albans for centuries, including Ye Olde Fighting Cocks, heralded as England’s oldest pub. Wherever you go, you are guaranteed a warm welcome!

DAY 2
Learn about the city’s history and discover the most picturesque and interesting areas by booking a guided walk with St Albans Tour Guides. Take a stroll to St Michael’s Village, home to St Michael’s Church which was built on the site of Verulamium’s Basilica and one of the most significant surviving Anglo-Saxon buildings in the county.

For an interactive experience, the St Albans South Signal Box is a great place to visit, or the de Havilland Aircraft Museum, the UK’s oldest aviation museum. For family fun, Willows Activity Farm is an enjoyable day for children of all ages. Explore the surrounding countryside including Heartwood Forest near Sandridge with its stunning spread of seasonal bluebells, or venture to Nomansland Common where children will enjoy climbing trees and building dens. The village of Wheathampstead boasts historic buildings and trails, plus a wonderful selection of food and drink venues. Back in the city centre, treat yourself to an evening at an award-winning pub or restaurant for the perfect end to a memorable stay.

 

24 hours in St Albans

In March 2023 Timeout London came to St Albans and created this fantastic snap shot of our city. They were commissioned by Thameslink to highlight all that the city has to offer! Have a watch for inspiration for your day out.