Just 15 minutes drive from The Comet Hotel London Hatfield, the picturesque city of St Albans awaits, ready to enchant visitors with its blend of rich history and modern allure. This delightful destination blends centuries-old landmarks, green parks, and a lively atmosphere that captures the essence of both the past and the present.
A Glimpse into the Past
The history of St Albans is woven with threads dating back to Roman times. Named after Britain’s first Christian martyr, St Albans stands on the site where St Alban was said to have been executed for his faith. The majestic St Albans Cathedral, a towering testament to Gothic architecture, remains a focal point of the city’s history and spirituality.
The crown jewel of St Albans, the Cathedral showcases intricate stonework, awe-inspiring stained glass, and a history that spans over a millennium. It’s not just a place of worship; it’s a living museum of art and spirituality that draws you into its quiet grandeur, and a must on any itinerary.
Verulamium Park, a sprawling expanse of greenery, is a paradise for nature lovers and history buffs alike. Built upon the ruins of the ancient Roman city of Verulamium, the park offers a glimpse into the past through its mosaic floors, hypocausts, and recreated Roman wall. The serene lake, scenic walking trails, and vibrant gardens create a haven for relaxation and exploration.
Street Markets and Shopping
St Albans’ markets add a vibrant layer to its charm. The St Albans Charter Market, which dates back to the 9th century, buzzes with energy as stalls offer everything from fresh produce and artisanal goods to clothing and antiques. The monthly Farmers’ Market showcases the region’s finest local produce, making it an epicurean delight.
Medieval Clock Tower
Standing as a living remnant of St Albans’ medieval past, the Clock Tower is an iconic landmark that’s impossible to miss. Climb the 93 steps to the top for panoramic views of the city and beyond. The tower encapsulates the city’s enduring spirit and is a reminder of the stories that its ancient walls have witnessed.
While history holds a special place, St Albans is also a contemporary hub with a thriving arts scene. Art galleries, theatres, and live music venues provide a platform for local talents and visiting artists, creating a dynamic environment where creativity flourishes.
The city’s timeless landmarks, lush parks, and vibrant culture come together to form an experience that leaves an indelible mark on all who venture here. St Albans is not just a destination; it’s an invitation to journey through time while embracing the joys of the present.
In addition to driving, or taking public transport, it’s possible to cycle or walk to St Albans along the leafy Alban Way. This is a traffic free multi-user route that has been constructed along the route of the former Hatfield to St Albans railway line, and makes a great day out for walkers. For more info on getting to St Albans, please ask at reception.