The present church, begun in 1077 and the largest building in the land at the time, replaced an earlier Benedictine abbey founded by King Offa in ad 793. Today the Cathedral is a busy centre for church, cultural and civic events.
The Abbot’s Kitchen is located in the Chapter House and is perfect for delicious hot or cold lunches, afternoon teas and refreshments. Other facilities include guided tours, exhibitions, concerts, shops and a warm welcome for visitors of all ages.
0830-1745 hrs daily (no entry fee but a donation is suggested)
The Abbot’s Kitchen is open Monday to Saturday: 1000 to 1630 hrs and Sunday 1230 to 1630 hrs (closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day).
The Cathedral has a team of trained volunteer Guides who welcome visitors, lead formal tours and are available to provide information.
Free Guided Tours. These tours start at the west door and typically take about an hour. Available daily for visitors at the following times:
11.30 Monday to Saturday
14.30 Sunday to Friday
Free Highlights Tour. If your time is limited, this tour allows you to explore the highlights of this great building.
Events at the Cathedral
There are many unique sights to take in when you visit the Cathedral, plus an exciting programme of events, tours and concerts. Please visit the website www.stalbanscathedral.org/news to find out about all the events happening in the coming months.
The Alban Bun
The Hot Cross Bun is said to originate in St Albans, where Brother Thomas Rocliffe, a 14th Century monk at St Albans Abbey, developed an original recipe and distributed the bun to the local poor on Good Friday, starting in 1361. Find out more on the St Albans Cathedral website.
The Alban Pilgrimage
The spectacular Pilgrimage Procession of giant puppets retells the story of Alban’s martyrdom, as pilgrims retrace the route from the place of Alban’s trial to the hill on which he was executed. It is not only a stunning spectacle; it is a profoundly moving experience. The procession starts at 1100 from St Peter’s Church and travels through the City Centre to the West End of the Cathedral. A Festival Eucharist follows at 1200 with a Festival Evensong at 1600.
The Alban Pilgrimage takes place annually on the Saturday nearest to 22nd June - St Albans Day.
Awards and accreditations
VisitEngland VAQAS Quality Assured visitor attraction
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Address and contact details
Sumpter Yard, Holywell Hill, St Albans
Postcode: AL1 1BY
Tel: +44(0) 1727 890 210