One of the best things about living in St Albans is that there is so much to do right on your doorstep for people of all ages and every interest. Variety is the spice of life and St Albans has plenty on offer. Even before you enter the City the tower of the cathedral can be seen from miles around.
We have put together our Top 10 places to visit in St Albans, whether you are on your own, or with family and friends, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
1. St Albans Cathedral
Set in the centre of the town on the edge of Verulamium Park, St Albans Cathedral is Britain’s oldest place of Christian worship. It boasts many striking architectural styles from its origins in 1077. Everyone is welcome to the services and there is a lovely restaurant and shop open all day.
If you have children there is a Family Discovery Morning on Thursday 19th February from 10.00 – 12.30 celebrating 900 years since the building’s dedication.
2. St Albans Clock Tower
The Clock Tower, built in the early 1400s, is the only medieval belfry in England. Located right in the centre of St Albans at the bottom of Market Place, climb the 93 steps to enjoy the view over the city. Used daily for hundreds of years, the bell was peeled for the first battle of the Wars of the Roses which took place in St Albans.
3. Verulamium Park
For those of you who like some fresh air, Verulamium Park is 100 acres of parkland – perfect for a summer picnic, a kick around, or a leisurely stroll. There is the lake, tennis courts, crazy golf and a café.
4. Verulamium Museum
You are never far away from history in St Albans and there can be only a few of us who didn’t visit Verulamium Museum on a primary school trip. The museum includes recreations of Roman rooms, hands-on discovery areas, Roman mosaics and many artifacts.
5. Willows Farm
Set a few miles to the south of the town, Willows Farm is a great day out for families with young children giving them the opportunity to meet farmyard animals, including new born lambs this February. There is a whole range of event and activities throughout the year – Easter egg hunts, the maize maze, a pumpkin festival and a Santa’s grotto at Christmas time.
6. Butterfly World
Just 10 minutes from central St Albans, Butterfly World is home to hundreds of different butterflies in their Tropical Butterfly House and thousands of leaf cutter ants in Ant World. There are 27 acres of specially designed gardens and beautiful wild flower meadows to roam around. Children can let off steam at the large natural play area. Well worth a visit on a fine day.
7. St Albans Museum
Taking you through the ages up to the present day the museum tracks the history of St Albans. It is also a venue for special exhibitions including those from the University. You’ll find the museum at the St Peter’s Street end of Hatfield Road.
8. St Albans South Signal Box
One of the more unusual attractions in St Albans, and something for the railway lovers, the signal box dates back to 1892 and displays the original, fully restored levers used to control this main line railway.
9. Heartwood Forest
A little way out of St Albans to the north, just past Sandridge, is Heartwood Forest England’s largest new woodland where over 600,000 new trees will be planted over 858 acres in the next 12 years. The existing ancient forest has a marvelous show of bluebells in the spring and later in the year the meadows are full of wild flowers.
10. St Albans traditional market
One of the oldest in England dating back to the 16th century, St Albans Market, held on Wednesdays and Saturdays, offers a wide array of fresh produce – fish, meat, fruit and vegetables – as well as a whole host of other products.
These are just a taste of some of the many attractions you can enjoy if you live in or around St Albans.