Markets and Shopping

A visit to St Albans for shopping is a unique and varied experience, a contrast to indoor shopping malls. The city's historic ambience provides a delightful setting in which to explore a wide range of top name and independent shops. The bustling city centre market on Wednesdays and Saturdays is one of the largest in the south east of England, with over 160 stalls.

St Albans Traditional Street Market

Every Wednesday and Saturday, St Peter's Street 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 complement the established retail stores.

Farmers Markets

Every second Sunday (St Albans) and fourth Sunday (Harpenden) of the month Farmers' Markets help local farmers, growers and producers to sell their own produce, direct to the public. The markets provides fresh, safe, natural, nutritious food that you can trust. Plus, a vibrant and entertaining shopping experience in the beautiful surroundings in the heart of St Albans, just opposite the Town Hall, and on Lower High Street, Harpenden.

Shopping in St Albans

St Albans is rich in heritage and tradition, evidence of which can be found down every street and arcade where traders have plied their wares for many a century. Blending into the historic surroundings are two modern pedestrianised shopping centres, and there is a wealth of small independent shops to explore as well as top brand names. 

The Shop St Albans website has all the information you need, with updated a-z listings of all the shops in the city centre. Click "more" to visit the site.

St Albans Christmas Market - Part of Meraki Christmas Festival

30th November to 22nd December 2018 For the first time this year, the St Albans Christmas Market is being hosted within Meraki Christmas Festival, so not only will you be able to shop for unique hand-made goods from picturesque wooden chalets, you’ll also be able to enjoy all the fun of a winter wonderland with rides, a spectacular virtual reality Santa’s grotto experience, Christmas movies, skating, an ice bar and much, much more.


Drover's Way Car Park, St Albans 150px Disabled Go logoShopmobility has been operating in St Albans for ten years and is funded by St Albans City and District Council and through donations. Visitors with limited mobility can take advantage of the free Shopmobility scheme, providing manual wheelchairs and battery-powered scooters. Shopmobility is conveniently located behind BHS in the Drover’s Way car park.