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Attractions

St Albans has a wealth of remarkable heritage from over 2000 years of human occupation. So take your time, explore and enjoy all of the district's fantastic attractions, with something to offer everyone. Whether for historic interest or purely for fun (or perhaps both at the same time!), you'll be amazed at what you can find to do in and around St Albans

St Albans Traditional Street Market

St Peter's Street, St Albans AL3 5DJ The market is steeped in History with a special Royal Charter granted in 1553. However, the market is well documented as far back as the 9th century. The current day market is firmly established in the city centre and runs the length of St Peters Street offering an excellent shopping experience to compliment the established retail stores. The market takes place every Wednesday and Saturday, throughout the year.

St Albans Cathedral

Sumpter Yard, Holywell Hill, St Albans AL1 1BY 150px Disabled Go logoThe Cathedral dominates the city's skyline from every approach. Its architecture is a blend of many different periods, and its great tower includes Roman bricks salvaged from the ruins of Verulamium. It is best known for the shrine of St Alban, Britain's first Christian Saint, which continues to attract pilgrims from far and wide.

Verulamium Museum

St Michael's Street, St Albans AL3 4SW 150px Disabled Go logoAward-winning museum, displaying beautiful objects from the Roman City of Verulamium, featuring superb mosaics and re-created Roman rooms giving the visitor an opportunity to discover the life and times of a major Roman city. On most Saturdays and Sundays, the story of the Roman Town of Verulamium comes to life through gallery talks by St Albans Tour Guides on a variety of topics.

Roman Theatre of Verulamium

Bluehouse Hill, St Albans AL3 6AE Just a short walk from Verulamium Museum is the Roman Theatre, the only visible example of its kind in Britain. It was linked to two temples dedicated to Romano-British gods and would have been used primarily at times of religious festivals but also for armed combat and wild beast shows. Its fine acoustics were perfectly suited to musical and dramatic performances. Close by are the foundations of a Roman town house, a secret shrine and a row of Roman shops.

The Roman Mosaic (Hypocaust)

Verulamium Park, St Albans AL3 4SW An exciting modern building houses the hypocaust and mosaic floor in Verulamium Park, just a short walk from Verulamium museum. It opens up this part of our heritage to many more visitors and brings to life the scale and magnificence of a major town house from Verulamium. In an age when we are all used to the comfort of central heating, the Hypocaust Project displays one of the first heating systems to be installed in this country.

Clock Tower

Clock Tower, High Street, St Albans AL3 4EL 150px Disabled Go logoBuilt between 1403 and 1412, the Clock Tower is the only medieval town belfry in England and is designated as a Scheduled Ancient Monument. The tower with its fine bell has survived over 600 years of use. The Clock Tower was first and foremost a political statement. The townspeople used it to assert their freedom, power and wealth in the face of the premier Benedictine Abbey of England (now St Albans Cathedral).

Gardens of the Rose

Miriam Lane, Off Noke Lane, Chiswell Green, AL2 3NY 150px Disabled Go logoThe world-renowned gardens open for two months every summer. Highlights include: a 72 arch pergola, 3 ponds containing a variety of fish and water loving plants, displays of the best of modern roses together with many varieties of old garden roses, a border of species roses and a grassed maze, a rose collection showing the history of the rose and the Queen Mother rose garden.

St Albans South Signal Box

Ridgmont Road 200 yards from platform 4 exit, St Albans City Station AL1 3AJ 150px Disabled Go logoBuilt in 1892, this Midland Railway signal box contains a 44 lever frame dating from 1904 or before. It is the largest such box in preservation, and one of the few boxes open to the public next to a busy operational main line. The way the box worked is demonstrated using the original lever frame, and visitors are encouraged to have a go themselves.

Willows Activity Farm

Coursers Road, London Colney, St Albans AL4 0PF 150px Disabled Go logoAn all-inclusive family day out. Meet the farmyard animals, take a ride on Tristan the Runaway Tractor and enjoy a seasonal programme of events and activities including funfair rides, children’s shows and acres of adventure play. There’s also plenty of under cover play with Woolly Jumpers, Toddler Town and Captain Chicken’s Egg Dodge

Redbournbury Mill

Redbournbury Lane, Redbourn Road, St Albans AL3 6RS Redbournbury Mill is a fully restored 18th century working watermill on the River Ver just north of St Albans.  The mill produces and sells stoneground organic flour, with the adjacent bakery producing a variety of bread from the mill’s organic flours. The river and surrounding countryside are a haven for wildlife and the mill is an ideal stop for walkers and cyclists. Attractions include milling demonstrations, an oil engine and other exhibits.

de Havilland Aircraft Museum

Salisbury Hall, London Colney, St Albans AL2 1BU 150px Disabled Go logoThe Heritage Centre prides itself on being Britain's first aviation collection. The core of the collection is the unique Mosquito prototype, the only original WW2 prototype in the World. On display there is a variety of de Havilland aircraft, aero-engines, propellers, missiles, rockets and memorabilia. The Centre provides a unique 'hands-on' experience for all the family.

St Albans Organ Theatre

320 Camp Road, St Albans AL1 5PE A permanent playing collection of rare mechanical musical instruments, dance organs, player pianos and theatre pipe organs. Live performances are given, together with a commentary. The Organ Theatre contains a unique collection of mechanical (self-playing) musical instruments that the museum founder, Mr Charles Hart, began collecting nearly half a century ago. That magical musical atmosphere that has been lost and forgotten in today's digital age.

St Albans Tour Guides

Join the fully trained guides and explore the fascinating history on one of many walking tours. Discover the most picturesque and interesting areas of the city, such as the medieval Clock Tower, and the former coaching inns and abbey guest houses. The City and District of St Albans Tour Guides host a programme of walks throughout the year. Walks include Historic St Albans - A City Revealed, Fishpool Street - Rags and Riches, A Monastery Revealed, and Ghosts and Ghouls.

Wheathampstead Heritage Trail

Wheathampstead Village The Wheathampstead Heritage Trail includes 21 historical properties all within easy walking distance of each other. There is no prescribed route to follow for this Trail. You can start at any point, visiting as many or as few of the sites as you wish to.

Redbourn Village Museum

Silk Mill House, The Common, Redbourn AL3 7NB 150px Disabled Go logoThe Silk Mill House contains this Village Museum with a gallery for photographic and art exhibitions as well as displays of the early and later history of the village in other exhibition rooms.

Heartwood Forest

Near Sandridge village, just north of St Albans England’s largest new native forest, Heartwood Forest is a large-scale reforestation project that will see 600,000 new trees planted over 858 acres in the next 12 years. Within the forest are 45 acres of existing ancient woodland complete with bluebells in spring. There will also be a community orchard, new wildflower meadows, open spaces, and there is already a network of footpaths, cycle paths and bridleways which cross this area of beautiful Hertfordshire countryside.

Gorhambury House

Off Bluehouse Hill, St Albans AL3 6AH Seat of the Earl of Verulam, Gorhambury was built in the late 18th century by the architect Robert Taylor. The present building replaced old Gorhambury House, built in the 16th century and the home of Francis Bacon, the philosopher and writer. The present house contains a fine collection of family portraits. Visitors by appointment Monday to Friday from April to June 2017.

Sopwell Nunnery

Cottonmill Lane, St Albans AL1 2BY Commonly called Sopwell Nunnery, the ruins here should rightly be known as Lee Hall. The land on which the nunnery ruins stood was purchased by Sir Richard Lee, an adviser to Henry VIII, who demolished the nunnery and built a house on the foundations.

Museum of St Albans

9a Hatfield Road, St Albans AL1 3RR The old Museum of St Albans closed on 20th September 2015 as part of a planned redevelopment of St Albans Town Hall into a new museum and gallery. Find out more on the St Albans Museums website.