Travelling around St Albans
One of Britain’s oldest settlements, the city of St Albans (officially a city thanks to its whopping cathedral) manages to be historic without being stuffy and offers plenty to do without being overcrowded. Think Roman remains and lush green parklands, all just a 20-minute train ride from the centre of London and you get the idea.
Thanks to its impressive heritage and close proximity to the capital, there is always something to do in St Albans, whether you’re a resident or a tourist. Visit the cathedral, one of the many museums or stroll through the forest and nature spot – you’ll find that filling your day is easy here.
As you might expect from its geographical location, the transport links are great with regular trains to London, Luton and Bedford and the nearby M25 and M1. Thanks to Arriva buses, getting around the city is a piece of cake too. There are regular services running to Watford, Hemel Hempstead, Luton, Harlow and London Heathrow Airport.
St Albans is one of Britain’s earliest settlements, so its history is vast and fascinating. It was formed as a Celtic settlement in 20 BC, taken over by the Romans in 43AD and burnt to the ground by Queen Boudicca in 61AD.
In 793, St Albans Abbey was founded by King Offa of Mercia and the town of St Albans grew around it. At the time of the Domesday Book, around 500 people lived in the town.
By 1455, the First Battle of St Albans opened the War of the Roses and it was here that King Henry was wounded and captured.
Then in 1877, St Albans Abbey was awarded Cathedral status and St Albans became a city.