14 Things to do in St Albans

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14 Things to do in St Albans

 

There is no place like St Albans, due to the packed full of places to explore, experience and enjoy! St Albans well known for its admirable historic buildings, architecture, Roman historic attractions and streets that have remained through centuries, and other tourist attractions to discover. Get your notepad and pen ready to note down the top 14 things to do in St Albans when in town.

1. Clock Tower

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St Albans’s Clock Tower is one of the main historic places all must visit in St Albans. It is the only surviving medieval town belfry in England. The Clock tower was built in 1405 by the people of St Albans during those times, and is a symbol of their resistance against the power of the abbot of St Albans.

Today, the Clock Tower bell is 600 year old, and is still standing face to face with the abbey’s tower, along with providing the St Albans community a fantastic view across the city.

Location: High St, St Albans AL3 4EL

Visit website: https://www.stalbansmuseums.org.uk/visit/clock-tower

Opening times: Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays (10.30am to 5pm), from Good Friday to the end of September.

Cost: Adults: £1, Children: free

Contact: Email: museum@stalbans.gov.uk or call: 01727 751 810

2. St Albans Cathedral 

 

St Albans Cathedral goes un-noticeable from every angle in the city. The architecture is a mix of different periods, including Roman bricks salvaged from the ruins of Verulamium. St Albans Cathedral is a must place to visit, ideal for family and friends for things to do in St Albans, whatever the weather or whatever the occasion – a perfect excuse to admire the beautiful historic building.

Location: Sumpter Yard, St Albans, England

Website: https://www.stalbanscathedral.org/

Opening times: Monday-Sunday at 8:30am – 17:30pm

Contact: mail@stalbanscathedral.org or call 01727 890 210

3. St Albans Museum and Gallery 

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St Albans Museum and gallery spaces showcase over 2000 years of priceless heritage and exhibits contemporary artworks, welcoming people to experience the national and world treasures.

Expect to view historical and cutting-edge exhibitions, participate in programme of events with family and friends.

Location: Town Hall, St Peter's St, St Albans AL1 3DH

Website: https://www.stalbansmuseums.org.uk/visit/st-albans-museum-gallery

Opening times: Monday-Sunday, 10am-5pm.

Contact: museum@stalbans.gov.uk or call 01727 864 511

3. Sopwell Nunnery 

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Sopwell Nunnery was founded in 1140 and the atmospheric ruins that are today visible that remains of a mansion that belonged to an adviser of Henry VIII.

This is an ideal spot for summer days, perfect for picnics with family and friends and walks to view site features if two local Ver Valley walks.

Location:  Cottonmill Lane (managed by St Albans Museum, St Michael's, AL3 4SW), St Albans AL1 2BY

Visit website: https://www.stalbansmuseums.org.uk/visit/sopwell-ruins

Opening times and cost: Admission is free

Contact: Email museum@stalbans.gov.uk or call 01727 751 810

5. Farmers Market, St Albans

Help local farmers, growers and producers to sell their own produce directly to the public. This should be in your list of things to do in St Albans, as the markets here provides a fresh, natural and safe nutritious food you want to experience and try out with family and friends. You can expect Apart from the fresh food,  there is an entertaining vibrant shopping place in the heart of St Albans, just opposite the Museum + Gallery, making it easy accessible to visit the museum if you wanted to get a full day worth of entertainment.  Expect to find local mouth-watering seasonal fruit and vegetables, freshly grown herbs, top quality meat and dairy produce, freshly baked cakes and handcrafted goods!

Location: St Peter's St, St Albans AL1 3LH

Visit website: https://www.enjoystalbans.com/listing/farmers-market/

Opening times and cost: Weekly street market every Wednesday and Saturday

Contact: Email markets@stalbans.gov.uk or call 01727819227

6. Verulamium Park

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Beautiful parkland close to St Albans city centre for things to do in St Albans. A popular attraction throughout the year with wide range of facilities. The park name, Verulamium takes up after the Roman City. The City walls and the border line of London Gate can be viewed. The park have amenities such as adiZone (outdoor fitness area), beach courts, café, children facilities, children’s play area, coach parking, disabled parking, disabled toilets, historic building, indoor swimming pool, model boating lake, on-site parking, ornamental lake, restaurant, sports/leisure facilities, and toddler splash park – there are many things to do in St Albans Verulamium park! The Verulamium Park also hosts different kinds of events throughout the year such as St Albans Half Marathon in June, Race for Life in July, and fire spectacular in November.

Location: Verulamium Park, St Peter's St, St Albans, UK

Visit website: https://www.stalbans.gov.uk/leisure-and-culture/parks-and-green-space/parks/Verulamium-Park/default.aspx

Contact: greenspaces@stalbans.gov.uk or call 01727 819366

7. Gardens of the Rose

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The Royal National Rose Society, also known as the Garden of the Rose, was the world’s oldest specialist plant society built I 1876. The Gardens of Roses was opened 50 years ago by The Princess Royal and Countess of Harewood, Mary. The Rose Society’s idea was to create a living dictionary for the roses in the gardens, as the gardens are covered five acres and contained different types of thousand roses. The Gardens of the Rose is without doubt a fantastic asset to St Albans and should be on everybody’s things of list to do in St Albans when visiting.

Location: Chiswell Green, St Albans AL2 3NY, England

Visit website: http://www.rnrs.org.uk/

Contact: +44 1727 952614

8. Jago Jewellers 

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When in town it is a must visit the family jeweler of St Albans. Jago Jewellers is part of St Albans heritage since 1750, specializing in new or vintage classical jewels and branded watches. It also has an onsite workshop where they offer valuations and repairs. The Jewellers were established in the 18th Century and have been at the heart of St Albans high street for over 250 years, special asset to St Albans. Jago Jewellers provides bespoke jewelry for everyone, showcasing a selection of fine jewelry collection and branded watches. The family jewelers of St Albans showcase a dedication to embrace the future with state art jewelry designs and repairs provided to suit consumers with a modern taste in jewelry.  Jago Jewellers also provides additional services such as in-house insurance and purchase of pre-owned jewelry/gold.

Location: Market Place, St Albans, AL3 5DL, UK

Website: http://www.jagojewellers.com/

Opening times: Monday – Saturday, 9am – 5pm and Sunday, 11am – 4pm

Contact: info@jagojewellers.com or call 01727 851519

 9. St Albans Traditional Street Market

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There are many things to do in St Albans, one of them being visiting the well-known St Albans Traditional Street Market. The St Albans Market is widely known as one of the greatest in the area, due to the quality of products they produce that the market provides for everyone. St Albans Traditional Street Market has a special history with the Royal Charter that was granted in 1553, and the market is documented as far back as the 9th century. Today, the market is well established in the main city centre of St Albans, which runs through St Peters Street that offers excellent shopping experience for all, along with other well established retail shops – so you get to enjoy market style and retail style shopping all at once.

The street food market has a section between Cafe Nero and Reiss in the market place. The food stalls sell hot and cold food, sweet and savory fresh bakery and other items of food. In total there are 160 stalls on the market to experience so be sure to be hungry when you plan on visiting the market so you can enjoy more than one type of variety of street food!

In the Christmas holiday period, the Christmas Charter Market runs every day in the week up to Christmas Eve and Christmas. The Market during the Christmas period is probably one of the best times to visit the market as it is full of festive spirit, cheerful people, silly outfits, carols, and we welcoming atmosphere!

Location: St Peter’s Steet, St Albans, UK

Opening times: Wednesday AND Saturday only, 8.30am – 16.30pm

Contact: markets@stalbans.gov.uk or call 01727 819227

10. Café Rouge

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Another thing that should be on your list of things to do in St Albans is explore your dining options as well. Café Rouge is one of the popular restaurants in town, a beautiful bistro that is perfectly situated in between visiting sights of St Albans has to offer. Café Rouge is a perfect stop for any time of the day, they will have any dish to suit your mood – from steak and fries to bouef bourguignon to vegan options. With a classic French menu with a contemporary twist for food options. Café Rouge makes a perfect spot to grab a coffee, a quick bite while on the go, or make a motive to enjoy a longer stay – they accommodate for all types of visits.

Nearby Café Rouge: St Albans Cathedral, The Alban Area, The Verulamium Museum, Odyssey Cinema, Abbey Theatre, CMaltings Art Theatre

Location: 29 Holywell Hill, St Albans, South East, AL1 1HD

Opening times: Monday – Saturday (10am – 22:30pm) Sunday (9am – 23:00pm)

Contact: stalbans@caferouge.co.uk or call 01727832777

11. Crepeaffaire, St Albans

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Just as much anyone who loves to dine, I’m sure the public have a taste for all things sweet. The dessert shop called Crepeaffaire in situated in the heart of the city centre of St Albans, making it very easy accessible. Crepeaffiare was firstly established in London in 2004, a family-owned business.

Crepeaffaire is more than just a dessert shop or your average pancake. They offer a cosy welcoming ambiance, with fresh crepes made in front of you for whatever you are craving, at any time of the day you wish. You can visit Crepeaffaire for breakfast and coffee catch-ups during the day with tasty sweet treats. Or you can opt for savoury crepe options whether it is for brunch, lunch, dinner, or just a random without reason dessert!

Location: 37 Market Place, St Albans, AL3 5DL

Visit website: https://www.crepeaffaire.com/

Opening times: Monday – Saturday (7am - 8pm) Sunday (9am - 7pm)

Contact: hello@crepeaffaire.com or call 01727 567099

12. The Odyssey Cinema, St Albans

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The Odyssey Cinema recently restored, independent Art Deco cinema in St Albans. The Odyssey Cinema brings to you a new outlook on how the experience for viewers can, and should be enjoyed. With the best technology in place, to the biggest screens, this is something to add on your things to do in St Albans when visiting. The large single screen has 426 seats in total, with 216 in the balcony and 210 in the downstairs seating area.

The history behind Odyssey Cinema began on 27 July 1980 at 166 London Road, St Albans – so It has been around for a very long time and is still going! This was St Albans very first cinema, and was designed by a local architect Percival Blow (who also designed Café Rouge) in the 1900s.

Location: 166 London Rd, St Albans AL1 1PQ

Visit website: https://odysseypictures.co.uk/

Contact: Advertising (jill@odysseypictures.co.uk) Bookings (anna@odysseypictures.co.uk) Complaints/other (esme@odysseypictures.co.uk) or call 01727 453088

13. The Pudding Stop

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The Pudding Stop in St Albans offers freshly made homemade puddings! A must tick-off your list of things to do in St Albans.  Perfect for any excuse to stop over at The Pudding stop, whether it be after a dinner out, a random snack, a takeaway home, or just a gift to surprise someone special – it is just tasty puds that is baked fresh every day. Do you know they change their menu according to the seasons?

Details:

Location: The Pudding Stop, 6 The Colonnade Verulam Road St Albans, Herts, AL3 4DD

Visit website: https://www.thepuddingstop.com/

Opening times: Monday – Wednesday (9am – 10pm) Thursday (9am-10.30pm) Friday – Saturday (9am-11pm) Sunday (10am-10pm)

Contact: 01727830357

14. Willows Activity Farm

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This one is mainly for the kids… and the big kids! Willows Activity Farm is based in St Albans, that has over 300 farm animals and over 40 activities, shows and attractions going on here – perfect for young families for things to do in St Albans. Willows Activity Farm have acres of outdoor and indoor fun, which includes daily shows and meet and greets with Peter Rabbit and Friends and many more. They also have café inside called ‘Mrs Rabbit’s Kitchen’ with a delicious menu fill of breakfast, brunch, tea and many snacks to try out during your visit at the farm.

Details:

Location: Willows Activity Farm, Coursers Road, London Colney, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL4 0PF

Visit website: https://www.willowsactivityfarm.com/

Opening times and entry: Monday – Sunday (10am – 5.30pm) – price varies, click here for more info: https://www.willowsactivityfarm.com/visitor-information/

Contact: info@willowsactivityfarm.com or call 0333 3312060