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St Albans, Hertfordshire, England


A Historic Tour of St Albans

A Historic Tour of St Albans

St Albans

St. Albans has been welcoming visitors for centuries. Medieval pilgrims came to the shrine of Britain's first Christian martyr, St. Alban. Today's visitor comes not only to explore the inspiring Cathedral, but also the site of Roman Verulamium, now protected in 100 acres of beautiful parkland. The award-winning Verulamium Museum tells the story of the Roman city and displays fabulous mosaics and wallplasters. Nearby are the remains of the best preserved Roman theatre in Britain.

St Albans is easy to get to by road or rail. There are ample car parks and two railway stations. It is a city easily explored on foot, offering contrasts of old and new. Walk down historic Fishpool Street and you find yourself in the delightful village of St. Michael's with its 16th century water mill. Back in the city centre regular walks are available.

The 15th century Clock Tower, a rare example of a town belfry, is just a short step away from a wealth of attractive shops and restaurants. This mixture of past and present provides a unique atmosphere in which to linger, gaze and enjoy. Every Saturday and Wednesday see the lively street market. Established over 1000 years ago, it is now one of the largest in the South East, offering goods of every kind from fruit and vegetables to antiques, records and books.

The story of St. Albans is explored further at The Museum of St. Albans in Hatfield Road. Here you will find lively exhibitions and a wildlife garden where you can relax for a while, before resuming your tour.

On the edges of the city are the Organ Museum with its working instruments and the famous Willows Farm Village which is a 500 acre leisure attraction, which features a wide variety of animals, dozens of attractions and activities, adventure play, boating lake and a daily programme of entertainment.

St. Albans offers a real day out - priceless heritage, original shops, and a unique and welcoming atmosphere. Ideal for a weekend break, St. Albans offers a world of choice and boasts over 100 places to eat and drink in the city centre alone. It hosts three theatres and enjoys a lively nightlife. By contrast, quiet lanes, delightful villages and enticing pubs can be found only minutes away from the centre.

Come and explore St. Albans - you won't be disappointed.

For more Information please contact:
Market Place
St Albans
Hertfordshire
AL3 5DJ
Web:  www.stalbans.gov.uk
Email:  tic@stalbans.gov.uk
Tel: +44 (0)1727 864511
Fax: +44 (0)1727 863533

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