About St Albans

St Albans began life as a metropolis in Roman times, and these 2,000 years of history can still be seen all around the city today. The 11th-century Cathedral is built on the hallowed ground where Britain's first saint, Alban, died. The ancient remains of the old city wall signpost the stomping ground for Queen Boudicca herself, and the city centre is jam-packed with Tudor houses as well as exquisite Georgian architecture.

St Albans is well known for its Roman remains, but it doesn't stop there. You can visit the oldest working medieval clock tower in the country and the UK's oldest pub. The city is also home to Europe's oldest public school, where Professor Stephen Hawking studied. Even the Charter Market is historic; it is the oldest market still regularly held in the same location in an English city. St Albans also hosts an annual European-inspired Christmas Market. The city-centre attractions cater well for groups with the Cathedral and City Guides offering a number of tours.

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Vibrant Shopping

The city has many independent shops, including award-winning fashion and gift shops, as well as all of the high-street stores and the bustling markets. Many of the city's restaurants, bars and coffee shops are also award-winners, and there's a wide range of food and drink options to suit every taste.

Beautiful Parkland

Verulamium Park 125px Verulamium Park is set in 100 acres of beautiful parkland close to the city centre. The Park is named after the Roman City of Verulamium on which it stands. The City walls and outline of the London Gate can still be seen. Nearby Verulamium Museum displays hundreds of remarkable objects that have been excavated from the ground.

There is a beautiful ornamental lake, which is home an abundance of wildlife, including a heronry, and an award-winning café.

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Gardens of the Rose
On the outskirts of the city is the Gardens of the Rose, offering stunning displays from 2,000 different varieties of roses. The garden contains historic roses as well as more modern varieties. June and July are optimum visiting times. Open to the public from 10th June - 6th August 2017. Dedicated coach bays - free of charge, plus a free refreshments voucher for Coach drivers. See our group itineraries page for more ideas for twin centre tours.
Tel: +44 (0) 0845 833 4344 Web: www.rnrs.org.uk

St Albans Organ Theatre
See and hear the fascinating world of mechanical musical instruments and enjoy the magical musical atmosphere that has been lost and forgotten in today's digital age.
Email: info@stalbansorgantheatre.org.ukWeb: www.stalbansorgantheatre.org.uk

St Albans Signal Box and Railway Museum
Come and visit the largest preserved Midland Railway signal box and one of the few preserved boxes that's open to the public and on a mainline railway. Continuous signalling demonstrations run on the operating floor. Railway videos and slideshow of the restoration are shown downstairs, with many signalling items on display, including single line 'tablet' machines, and other railway-related exhibits. Working signals and other exhibits in the garden.
Web: www.sigbox.co.uk/sigbox/opendays/organised.eb

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And if you have an extra hour or two...

There are a number of other attractions nearby that are well equipped to cater for groups. These include: Warner Bros. Harry Potter Studio Tour, Knebworth House, Hatfield House, Woburn Abbey, de Havilland Aircraft Museum and Shaw's Corner.

We have worked with St Albans Tour Guides to put together a selection of fascinating tours that you can use to create your ideal group itinerary. Click here for more or view our groups brochure online.


For help with putting together your tour, contact Jenny Swatton by emailing tourism@stalbans.gov.uk or calling 01727 819492.