Take a walk with St Albans Tour Guides
St Albans Tour Guides host a number of walking tours throughout the Easter break, including:
A Roman City Revealed – Saturday 1st April 2017, Saturday 15th April
Discover the lurid past of Roman Britain’s third city, revolting Celts and a fire to rival the Great Fire of London. See the hypocaust, the Roman central heating system not surpassed in England for over 1400 years, and part of the Roman Wall.
A Monastery Revealed – Sunday 2nd April 2017
Our city owes its existence to the monastery, which was once the most important in England. From Dedication to Dissolution, powerful Abbots controlled the town, the lives of its people and of course the monks.
Fishpool Street - Rags and Riches – Saturday 8 April
Journey from St Michael's, the village within the Roman walls, taking in medieval pubs and houses and a 16th-century watermill, to Fishpool Street. How did this street, once a major 18th-century coaching route, degenerate to a slum and backwater, then become a prime residential area? You will have the opportunity to look at the architecture of some of the 72 listed buildings which range from a manor to workmen’s cottages.
Historic St Albans: A City Revealed – Sunday 9 April, Sunday 16th April, Monday 17 April
St Albans, the unheralded jewel of Hertfordshire, a 1000-year-old city at the heart of English History. Tour well known and lesser known sites of the City – hear about revolting peasants, martyrs, heretics, monasteries and monks. Find out what is unique to St Albans and see its medieval clock tower and parish memorials.
Aristocrats, Paupers & Philanthropists – Friday 14 April
Based in the St Peter’s area, you will hear of London orphans and their wet nurses, the philanthrophy of Winston Churchill’s ancestors and find out about the “heir and spare”. Why is there an arrow above the Pemberton Almshouse on St Peter’s Street and why is there an unusual milestone in Hatfield Road? An interesting stroll around the lesser known historic features of St Albans
Coaching Inns – Sunday 16 April
For over 1000 years, St Albans has been a town of inns, taverns and alehouses. Find out why there were 15 inns in one street alone. At one time, stabling was required for more than 2,000 horses. This fascinating walk also looks at the architecture and the people who were part of this vibrant area of St Albans.