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St Albans Visitor Attraction


A Warm Welcome Awaits You at St Albans Cathedral St Albans Cathedral stands over the place where Alban, Britain’s first martyr, was buried after giving his life for his faith over 1700 years ago. The building's amazing mixture of architectural styles bears witness to the many centuries of its life, first as a monastic Abbey and now as a Cathedral. There are many unique sights to take in during a visit to the Cathedral, plus an exciting programme of events, tours and concerts which you can find out about in this guide. We look forward to seeing you soon.

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Must See Highlights Music Tours Special Services Christmas Family Fun Food & Drink Festival Fireworks Spectacular Eating & Shopping How You Can Help Christmas Lunches Our Regular Services

Occasionally additional services and events will be added at short notice – please do check the website for updates or call 01727 860780. Information is correct at time of going to print.

Must See Highlights Whenever you visit St Albans Cathedral, make sure you don’t miss these unique sights and sounds. There are FREE daily tours of the Cathedral (see below for details) and our expert team of Guides are always happy to help you find out more.



1 The Shrine of Saint Alban The Shrine of Saint Alban is a site of national pilgrimage. People have been coming here for over 1700 years to honour Alban. It is used as a place of prayer and stillness by visitors every day.

2 The Longest Nave in England At 85 metres, St Albans Cathedral has the longest nave in England. You can enjoy exploring the Norman and Early English architecture, as well as viewing the rare monastic rood screen.

3 Choral Evensong


Time your visit to enjoy the beautiful singing of the Cathedral Choirs at Evensong, part of the bedrock of Cathedral worship. Weekdays 17.00. Saturday 16.00. Sunday 18.30. Please note: outside of choir terms, there may be a visiting choir or Evening Prayer is a short said service.

4 Stunning Medieval Wall Paintings The Cathedral has one of the most extensive series of medieval wall paintings surviving today. These beautiful paintings range in date from the late 12th century to the 16th century.

5 Magnificent Architecture The Cathedral’s amazing mixture of architectural styles bears witness to the many centuries of its life. Roman bricks from Verulamium can be seen in the fabric of the building – skilfully recycled by the Normans.



FREE Guided Tours of the Cathedral are available daily at the following times: 11.30 Monday to Saturday 14.30 Sunday to Friday 14.00 Saturday If your time is limited, our Highlights Tour takes place at 13.05 every day of the week.

4 For more information call: 01727 860780


Music From Organ Recitals to Christmas Carol Concerts, the autumn/winter season promises a rich programme of musical events.

Hertfordshire Chorus with London Orchestra da Camera

Date: Saturday 20th October Time: 19.30 Beethoven: Missa Solemnis Conductor: David Temple Naomi Harvey (soprano) Diana Moore (mezzo soprano) Joshua Ellicott (tenor) Graeme Danby (bass)

Tickets: £25, £20, £15; £7.50 (limited visibility) £5 (students – not £25 tickets) Tickets also available from: 24-hour Ticketline on 0870 4580445 or email: or online at

Sunday Afternoon Organ Concert Date: Sunday 28th October Time: 15.00 Price: Free How to Book Your Tickets Our Information Desk is open for ticket bookings between 10.30 and 15.30 Monday - Saturday. Call 01727 890256 (Telephone booking fee: £1 per transaction) Postal applications may be made for tickets for all concerts by sending a stamped addressed envelope to: Abbey Musical Events, Cathedral and Abbey Church of Saint Alban, St Albans AL1 1BY Cheques made payable to Abbey Musical Events. Tickets and/or programmes will also be available for all events at the door on the night, unless previously sold out.

Colin Walsh, Organist Laureate, Lincoln Cathedral. Retiring collection in aid of Cathedral music funds.

St Albans International Organ Festival

Organ Concert Date: Saturday 10th November Time: 17.30 Price: Free Petr Eben: Faust Organ: David Titterington Narrated by Timothy West Retiring collection in aid of the IOFS.

Lunchtime Organ Recital

Lunchtime Organ Recital

Date: Wednesday 10th October Time: 12.30 Price: Free

Date: Wednesday 14th November Time: 12.30 Price: Free

Luke Bond, Assistant Director of Music, Truro Cathedral. Retiring collection in aid of Cathedral music funds.

Timothy Wakerell, Sub-Organist, St Paul’s Cathedral. Retiring collection in aid of Cathedral music funds.



Music Christmas Carol Concerts

St Albans Bach Choir Date: Saturday 17th November Time: 19.30 Rossini: Petite Messe Solennelle Conductor: Andrew Lucas Pianists: Matthew Woodward & Justin Miller Harmonium: Peter Holder Soloists: Jacqueline Varsey (soprano); Clare McCaldin (contralto); Mark Chaundy (tenor); Jeremy White (bass)

Tickets: £25, £20, £15 – reserved £10 – unreserved and concessions (see for details) Also available from the Ticket Secretary: or 01727 753173 evenings (except Monday, Thursday & Sunday) after 19.30.

Malcolm Sargent Festival Choir

Capture the true spirit of Christmas at one of our Christmas Carol Concerts and Services. For full details please go to page 14. Sunday 9th December 17.15 Organ Meditation Messiaen: La Nativité du Seigneur Saturday 15th December 15.00 Family Carol Concert – St Albans Bach Choir Saturday 15th December 19.00 Carol Concert – St Albans Bach Choir Saturday 22nd December 11.00-16.00 Carols on the Hour Friday 21st & Sunday 23rd December 19.00 Festival of Lessons & Carols (ticket only) Tuesday 1st January 2013 19.00 St Albans Symphony Orchestra – A Romantic New Year Concert

with the London Gala Orchestra

Date: Saturday 1st December Time: 19.00 Handel: Messiah Conductor: Simon Over Organ: Nicholas O’Neill Soloists: Jennifer France (soprano); Clare Presland (mezzo soprano); Stuart Jackson (tenor); Gerard Collett (bass)

Tickets: £25, £20, £15; plus some unreserved at £5. Concession rate for children and unemployed £10 for £15 tickets. Also available from: Malcolm Sargent Festival Choir, 34 North End Road, London W14 0SH Tel: 020 7602 6818 Email:

To take part in the St Albans Young Musicians Competition please visit:

Find the perfect Christmas Gifts A wide range of Christmas gifts to suit all ages is available from the Cathedral Book Shop and Gift Shop, including jewellery, personalised gifts, books and stocking fillers. See page 20 for shop opening times.



Tours Tower Tours

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Date: Saturday 6th October Time: 10.00, 11.30, 13.00 & 14.30 Price: £8 per person Enjoy the best views in town!

This spectacular tour takes you all the way to the top of the Norman Bell Tower. On your way to the top, you visit the north transept gallery, the ringing chamber and the bell chamber, before your final climb out onto the roof of the tower with extensive views in all directions. Tickets are limited so book early to avoid disappointment. Tours last approximately one hour.

Tickets can be booked in advance at the Cathedral Book Shop or by phone 01727 890213. Minimum age 11, restrictions apply.

Abbey by Night Date: Wednesday 10th October Thursday 29th November Time: Tours at 20.00 & 20.30 Price: £10, includes drinks reception. See St Albans Cathedral in a whole new light! This unique, atmospheric tour gives you the rare chance to explore the Cathedral by candlelight. As darkness descends, you are guided around the candlelit venue by monks and historical characters who bring to life the building’s remarkable history and highlights. Drinks reception 15 minutes before the tour time.

Tickets are available from the Cathedral Book Shop or by phone on 01727 890213. Restrictions apply.

More to Explore Tours Date: Sunday 7th Oct & Sunday 4th Nov Time: 15.00 (meet at the West End) Price: Free Enjoy learning from the experts on these fascinating specialist tours. 7th October: And the Walls Came Tumbling Down…nearly. Discover how the Victorians averted a major catastrophe. 4th November: All Saints and Some Sinners. Take a closer look at the beautiful High Altar screen.

FREE Guided Tours of the Cathedral are available daily at the following times: 11.30 Monday to Saturday 14.30 Sunday to Friday 14.00 Saturday If your time is limited, our Highlights Tour takes place at 13.05 every day of the week. 10

For more information call: 01727 860780


Special Services There are many special services throughout the year. You can also see details of Christmas services on page 14 and all our regular services on page 23. We look forward to welcoming you.

Remembrance Sunday Date: Sunday 11th November Time: 9.30 Parish Eucharist 10.55 Choral Eucharist of Remembrance (Silence at 11.00)

Annual Service of Remembrance & Thanksgiving Date: Sunday 25th November Time: 14.30 Dove Release

Harvest Festival Date: Sunday 14th October Time: 9.30 Parish Eucharist

Teddy Bear Service Date: Wednesday 17th October Time: 10.00 Bring your teddy bear to church for this short time of interactive worship for pre-school children, led by Abbey Bear himself. This service takes place on the third Wednesday of every month.

Diocesan Healing Service Date: Saturday 3rd November Time: 10.30 Celebrant & Preacher: The Right Revd Paul Bayes, Bishop of Hertford. Prayer ministry for physical, emotional or spiritual healing will be offered. For more details contact Anne Shaw Tel: 01923 827663

15.00 Service This moving annual service provides a special occasion to remember loved ones. Organised by the Cathedral Ecumenical Chaplaincy and St Albans & District Bereavement Network.

World AIDS Day Evensong Date: Saturday 1st December Time: 16.00 This special Evensong provides an opportunity for reflection and remembrance. World AIDS Day is held on 1st December each year and is a time for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died.

Ecumenical Services We hold regular services of different Christian denominations.

Roman Catholic Mass is celebrated by a Roman Catholic priest every Friday at 12.00.

All Saints

German Lutheran

Date: Sunday 4th November Time: 9.30 Parish Eucharist

A service is held in German on the last Tuesday of every month at 19.00.

18.30 Memorial Evensong At this moving service we remember all those who have died.

Free Church A service in the Free Church Tradition is held on the first Wednesday of every month at 11.00.


All Souls Date: Monday 5th November Time: 17.00 Choral Requiem (Sung by the Cathedral Choristers - Boys) 12 For more information call: 01727 860780

A congregation of the Russian Orthodox tradition meets monthly on Tuesdays at 10.00 (Check our service list for dates).

All services can also be found on 13

Christmas A very warm welcome awaits you at St Albans Cathedral this Christmas. We hope you can join us to celebrate this special time. Services which are particularly suitable for young children are marked with a star *.

Advent Procession

Festival of Lessons and Carols

Friday 21st & Sunday 23rd December Time: 19.00 Sung by the Cathedral Choir. Admission is by ticket only. For more information go to or call 01727 860780

Sunday 2nd December Time: 18.30

Christmas Eve

Sung by the Cathedral Choir. A beautiful candlelit service of readings and music, marking the start of Advent.

Crib Service* Time: 15.00

Christingle Service*

Choral Evensong for Christmas Time: 17.30

Sunday 9th December Time: 15.00

A beautiful, quiet and reflective service sung by the Abbey Girls Choir, marking the end of Advent and the beginning of Christmas. This service is not suitable for very young children.

Children and adults alike love this enjoyable service, which ends in candlelight.

Organ Meditation Sunday 9th December Time: 17.15 La Nativité du Seigneur by Messiaen. Tom Winpenny, Assistant Master of the Music Admission Free: retiring collection in aid of Cathedral music.

St Albans Bach Choir Christmas Carols Saturday 15th December Two concerts of Christmas music and readings performed by the St Albans Bach Choir and organist Andrew Parnell. Conductor: Andrew Lucas Family Carol Concert* Carol Concert Time: 15.00 Time: 19.00 Tickets available only on entry. Price: 15.00 - Adults £5, Children £1 if seat needed 19.00 - £10 (Students and Disabled £5)

A very popular and lively service lasting no more than an hour, and intended mainly for children and young families. Children visit the crib in the Cathedral and join in singing carols.

Midnight Mass Time: 23.30 The first celebration of Christmas, with carols and the glorious singing of the Cathedral Choir. The doors of the Cathedral will be open from 22.50.

Christmas Day Eucharist with Carols Time: 8.00 Parish Eucharist for Christmas Day* Time: 9.30 A Christmas service for all ages with crèche and children's activities. Sung by the Abbey Girls Choir and the men of the Cathedral Choir.

Matins for Christmas Day Time: 11.15 A service sung by the Cathedral Choir.

Eucharist Time: 12.30 A quiet service without music following Matins. Following the 12.30 service the Cathedral will be closed for the rest of Christmas Day, but is otherwise open daily throughout the Christmas period.

Boxing Day

Carols on the Hour*

Eucharist Time: 9.00 and 12.00

Saturday 22nd December

Carols on Boxing Day

Take a break from the Christmas shopping and enjoy a very special Cathedral event! Each carol service lasts just 30 minutes enough time to sing some uplifting carols with the Cathedral choirs and to get a real taste of Christmas in this beautiful, atmospheric Cathedral. No tickets required. Time: On the hour, every hour from 11.00 to 16.00. 14

Why not drop in if you're out for a walk in the park and enjoy this short and informal carol service with a visit to the crib?

Time: 16.00 Please note there are no Guided Tours on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. 15

Family Fun Date: Thursday 1st Nov Time: 10.30 – 15.00 Price: Free Be a part of the national Big Draw campaign and get creative at the Cathedral! Budding artists, young and old, are invited to explore the Cathedral and create their very own masterpieces inspired by the theme of this year’s Big Draw – Taking a Line for a Walk. Teams of helpers will be on hand with suggestions, photographs, artefacts and materials to develop the theme. Suitable for all ages. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

NEW Children’s Explorer Guide


Price: £1.00 Become an Official Explorer of St Albans Cathedral!

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The Big Draw 2012

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Whatever day you visit, with our exciting Children's Explorer Guide you can find out more about Saint Alban and follow a fun trail around the Cathedral, learning fascinating facts as you go. Once you have completed the trail, pick up your ‘Official Explorer’ badge from the Cathedral Gift Shop. The Explorer Guide costs £1.00 and is available at the Cathedral Book Shop and at the West End of the building.

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When yo u have fin ished your Trai l, please go to th GIFT Shop e to receive your ba dge.

Abbey Tots Meeting on Tuesday mornings in term-time, this hugely popular parent and toddler group is open to all. Each weekly session begins at 10.00 with toys, drinks and biscuits followed by a little sing-song for pre-school children and their carers. Starts at 10.00 in the Crypt of the Cathedral.

We hold regular Family Discovery Mornings throughout the school holidays – go to for full information and sign up to our What’s On email. 16 For more information call: 01727 860780


St Albans Food & Drink Festival Date: Wednesday 26th Sept to Sun 7th Oct Where: The Abbot’s Kitchen, St Albans Cathedral Celebrating the local food scene! The Abbot’s Kitchen will be serving up some tasty home-made cakes for you to sample when you pop in on weekdays throughout the Festival. Available Mon-Fri 10.00-11.30 & 14.30-16.00 Special Lunch Offers also available. Go to or call the Abbot’s Kitchen on 01727 890214 for full information. enjoy local shop local, eat local,

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St Albans Fireworks Spectacular Date: Saturday 3rd November Where:Verulamium Park, St Albans AL1 2DL Time: 19.30 (Gates Open from 18.00) A truly spectacular event – not to be missed! Display by Fantastic Fireworks of Redbourn. Organised by St Albans Cathedral in aid of local charities.


£5.00 Adults £2.00 Children and Senior Citizens £10.00 Family (2 Adults + 2 Children)

Tickets available from St Albans Arena Box Office Tel: 01727 844488

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Eating and Shopping

Please Support St Albans Cathedral

Abbot’s Kitchen

St Albans Cathedral is a national treasure and at the heart of the St Albans community. It relies heavily on the generosity of its congregation and visitors in the absence of any government funding or significant endowment. If you would like to play a role in preserving and enhancing St Albans Cathedral for future generations please consider:

Shortlisted for Best Local Café & Most Family Friendly Café

Making a donation by text

Whether you’re here for a service, concert or special event, take a break at the Abbot’s Kitchen and enjoy visiting the Cathedral Shops.

St Albans Food & Drink Festival 2012 Situated in the Chapter House, the Abbot’s Kitchen serves delicious lunches, Sunday roasts, afternoon teas, children's meals and refreshments. The menu celebrates traditional, home-made dishes using local produce wherever possible and FairTrade products. Opening times Monday to Saturday 10.00 - 16.30 Sunday 12.30 - 16.30 (Sunday Roasts served 12.30 - 15.00)

Simply text NAVE01 £10 or NAVE01 £5 to 70070.

Leave a gift in your will Help safeguard its work and mission for future generations.

Join the Friends of St Albans Cathedral Enjoy a programme of social events in support of the Cathedral. To find out more please call 01727 890229 or visit We are very grateful for your support – thank you.

The Abbot's Kitchen can also provide catering for large groups, functions and special occasions. For reservations please call 01727 890214 or email:

BOOK NOW FOR CHRISTMAS LUNCH See page 22 for details.

Cathedral Shops Our Gift Shop has a wide range of souvenirs and gifts to suit all ages and tastes. There are gifts for special occasions, birthdays, baptisms and weddings, plus a beautiful range of Cathedral and Saint Alban souvenirs. Our Book Shop features a great range of titles, including a superb collection of children’s books, local interest and history titles. We stock books by our clergy and local authors, and carry an extensive range of general greetings cards, special occasion cards and postcards. Opening times Monday to Saturday 10.00 - 17.00 Sunday 13.00 – 17.00 For all enquiries please call 01727 890213 or email: 20 For more information call: 01727 860780


Keep Up to Date with News and Events There’s lots to do all year round at St Albans Cathedral. For the latest information: Visit our website and sign up to our What’s On Newsletter Call: 01727 860780 Email: You can also keep up to date by following us on Twitter @stalbansabbey

Our Regular Services All are welcome at Cathedral services and we look forward to welcoming you.

Sunday Services 8.00 9.30 11.15 11.15 12.15 18.30 19.45

The Eucharist Parish Eucharist Choral Eucharist (1st, 2nd and 4th Sunday) Matins (3rd and 5th Sunday) The Eucharist (3rd and 5th Sunday) Evensong Silent Prayer and Compline (2nd Sunday only)

Weekday Services 7.30 8.00 12.00 17.00

Morning Prayer The Eucharist The Eucharist at the Shrine of Saint Alban Evensong

On Fridays, the service at 12 noon is the Roman Catholic Mass.

Saturday Services 8.30 9.00 12.00 16.00

Morning Prayer The Eucharist The Eucharist at the Shrine of Saint Alban Evensong

Services Once a Month 1st Wednesday 2nd Wednesday

11.00 Free Church Service 10.00 Mothers Union Corporate Communion 3rd Wednesday 10.00 Teddy Bear Service Last Tuesday 19.00 Lutheran Service (in German) Monthly on a Tuesday 10.00 Orthodox Service

A Day Chaplain is available for consultation on most days. At other times please ask to see a member of the Cathedral staff. Occasionally, special services interrupt our usual pattern of worship. A full, monthly Service & Music List is available at

22 For more information call: 01727 860780


A Warm Welcome Awaits You at St Albans Cathedral Opening Times The Cathedral is open all year round to everyone. 08.30 - 17.45

Entry is FREE All donations are very gratefully received.

How to Get Here The Cathedral is situated in the centre of the historic and beautiful city of St Albans. It is easily reached by car and public transport, and is just 20 minutes by train from Central London. For full travel information, please go to:

St Albans Cathedral Sumpter Yard, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL1 1BY Telephone: 01727 860780 Email: @stalbansabbey

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