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.
The stunning St Albans Cathedral is perfect for lovers of history and architecture. The towering structure is a blend of architectural styles and contains recycled Roman bricks from Verulamium. There are also 13th-century wall paintings, a rare watching loft and the shrines of Saint Alban and Amphibalus.
If getting into the great outdoors is more your thing, then the glorious Verulamium Park is sure to please. This parkland is home to plenty of Roman history, as well as tennis courts, football and cricket pitches, an athletics track and plenty of space to enjoy a picnic when the sun shines. But it’s not all history, The Maltings shopping centre definitely has one foot in the future with its multitude of high street and independent shops, eateries and cultural spots, including a theatre and library.
History lovers should stop off at the Tardis-like Verulamium Museum (it seems small on the outside, but has lots going on inside). It contains a selection of exhibits that show off Roman life in the local area. There’s a wide selection of Roman mosaics and plenty to keep the kids happy with some hands-on exhibits too!