St Albans 2012/13 VISITOR GUIDE TO ST ALBANS CITY & DISTRICT
Enjoy St Albans Contents A GUIDE TO ST ALBANS
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WHERE TO STAY
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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
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Whilst every care has been taken in compiling this guide, statements herein are believed to be correct at the time of publication, the publishers, St Albans City & District Council are not liable for any errors or omissions. Please check prices and amenities with individual establishments before you visit. ©2012 All rights reserved.
St Albans stands out as a unique ‘must see’ destination with a colourful history that will keep you enthralled. With high class attractions, fabulous shopping, a fantastic range of eating and drinking establishments and a whole host of events, we really do have everything you will ever need for the perfect visit. We look forward to welcoming you to discover and enjoy St Albans. FOR INFORMATION AND ADVICE St Albans Tourist & Information Centre Town Hall, Market Place, St Albans, Herts, AL3 5DJ
Tel: 01727 864511 Fax: 01727 863533 Email: email@example.com Web: www.enjoystalbans.com
Verulamium museum is invaded every second weekend in the month by Roman soldiers who demonstrate the tactics and equipment of the Roman Imperial Army.
After the Roman conquest of Britain in AD 43, Verulamium became one of the largest towns in Roman Britain. It was later destroyed during the revolt of Boudicca in AD 60 - 61 before being rebuilt. Its most significant event was the execution of Alban in around AD 250. Alban was a pagan living in Verulamium, who converted to Christianity when he sheltered a Christian priest. After switching cloaks with the priest, Alban was arrested by Roman soldiers and executed for his faith. Alban’s declaration “I worship and adore the true and living God who created all things” is still used in prayer at St Albans Abbey. He was later made a saint and named as the first Christian martyr. A shrine was built on the site of his death following Emperor Constantine’s adoption of Christianity as the religion of the Roman Empire. The Roman City of Verulamium slowly declined and fell into decay after the departure of the Roman Army in AD 410. However, the ruined buildings provided materials to build the new Norman Abbey on the site of the original shrine and the Roman bricks removed from Verulamium are still evident in the Abbey today.
The Roman Theatre off Bluehouse Hill is the only visible example of a Roman Theatre in Britain. In its day it had many uses, ranging from religious and musical performance to combat and wild beast shows.
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The heart of the City
The Cathedral and Abbey Church of St Alban, which is best known for its extremely long nave, the Shrine of St Alban and its magnificent medieval wall painting, has been welcoming visitors for over 2000 years. Beyond the Cathedral you can relax in the green oasis of Verulamium Park, 100 acres of tranquil parkland close to the city centre and the architectural heritage of St Michael’s village and Fishpool Street.
The Cathedral and Abbey Church of St Alban represents the heart of the city as it dominates the skyline. Built on the side of a hill and on the site of Alban’s execution, the Abbey marks the spiritual centre of the city and from where the medieval town grew up after the abandonment of Verulamium in the Ver Valley below, part of which is now Verulamium Park. Throughout the middle ages, the Abbey and town developed. From time to time the Abbot was called upon to arbitrate between the monarch and his disaffected barons, particularly during the reigns of John and Edward II. In the fifteenth century two battles were fought in the town between Henry VI and the House of York. These battles, in 1455 and 1461, and similar battles around the same time are more commonly known as the Wars of the Roses. Due to the Abbey’s involvement in national affairs, it was also well known for its Chroniclers or historians of the day, the best known of which was the thirteenth century benedictine monk Matthew Paris. The town had to wait until 1877 for the Abbey Church to be granted Cathedral status before the town was offered a city charter.
The story of Alban’s martyrdom still lives on today with the re-enactment of the Albantide pilgrimage each year on the Saturday nearest to St Albans’ Day (June 22nd).
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Shop, Eat and Enjoy!
The Clock Tower is situated in the Cathedral Quarter, surrounded by bustling cafés, shops and restaurants.
Throughout the city and surrounding area there are opportunities to shop, eat and drink. St Albans is renowned for its variety of independent shops which sit alongside the High Street chains. This is in sharp contrast to the retail park at London Colney, which offers large warehouse versions of popular high street shops such as Marks and Spencer, Boots, Sainsbury’s and Next to name a few. There are also two pedestrianised shopping centres in St Albans; The Maltings and Christopher Place which offer plenty of ideas for even the most seasonal shopper. Harpenden also specialises in small independent shops along with the villages of Redbourn, Wheathampstead and London Colney. While you are shopping there is plenty of opportunity to stop for a break. St Albans and the surrounding district boasts just under 200 licensed premises in addition to a multitude of cafés and coffee shops offering a tempting range of cakes and treats. St Albans also has a huge number and variety of restaurants with some listed in the Good Food Guide. A full list can be found in the eating out section on pages 46 - 52 of this guide.
St Albans Market, established in the 1553 Charter, still runs on Wednesday and Saturday throughout the year. Every second Sunday there is a Farmer’s Market which sells local produce from the surrounding area.
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Around the District
Butterfly World’s focus for the 2012 season is on educating visitors about the life cycle of the butterfly, its extraordinary fragility, and how to grow butterfly attracting plants to encourage the return of native butterflies into our gardens.
Around the District there are many pretty towns and villages such as Harpenden, Redbourn and Wheathampstead to the north and London Colney and Bricket Wood to the south. They all have fascinating histories and stories to tell. Hidden among these villages are little gems such as the Redbournbury Watermill, The Royal National Rose Society Gardens, Willows Farm Village and the De Havilland Aircraft Heritage Centre. The former home of George Bernard Shaw, ‘Shaws Corner’, which is managed by The National Trust, is just north of Wheathampstead and The Story of Redbourn and its links with the Abbey is told in the quaint Redbourn Village Museum. The St Albans Tour Guides produce a range of informative and fun walking tours which pass on the history of many locations throughout the city and District. Butterfly World in Chiswell Green, soon to house the largest Butterfly Dome in Europe, is a delightful place to spend the day discovering the Future Gardens and gaining tips to transform your garden into a haven for butterflies.
St Helen’s Church in Wheathampstead is one of a number of beautiful churches to be discovered in the various pretty villages around in the local area.
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Enjoy the countryside
You can marvel at the bluebell woods in Heartwood Forest during April and May and get ideas to promote nature conservation.
The countryside around St Albans is wonderfully diverse. Thousands of years of human activity have left us with a layered landscape that is full of hidden secrets waiting for you to discover. Historic Bronze Age routes lie alongside Roman roads and modern motorways. Areas of ancient woodland meet the more planned landscape of the 18th century. Great mansions stand within picturesque parkland, and if you look carefully, you can find trees up to 1000 years old. This is a landscape that is crying out to be explored! Never more than a short bus or cycle ride from the centre of St Albans, there are many footpaths, bridleways, byways and quiet country lanes providing lots of opportunities to get active outdoors in and around St Albans. At Heartwood Forest, near Sandridge, the creation of Englandâ€™s largest new native forest is well underway. There are ambitious plans to create an 858 acre woodland with a total of 600,000 newly planted trees, all planted by volunteers. There will also be a community orchard, new wildflower meadows, open spaces and miles of footpaths and bridleways created over a 10 year period.
For walkers and cyclists there are paths and cycle routes criss-crossing the district linking villages including the Alban Way and Nickey line, which were railway lines in days gone by.
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St Albans has a wealth of remarkable heritage from over 2000 years of human occupation. So take your time, explore and enjoy all of the district’s fantastic attractions, with something to offer everyone. Whether for historic interest or purely for fun (or perhaps both at the same time!), you’ll be amazed at what you can find to do in and around St Albans!
Cathedral and Abbey Church of St Alban
Butterfly World 2012
The Roman Mosaic (Hypocaust)
Sumpter Yard, Holywell Hill, St Albans. AL1 1BY
Miriam Lane, off Noke Lane, Chiswell Green, St Albans. AL2 3NY
St Michael’s Street, St Albans. AL3 4SW
Bluehouse Hill, St Albans. AL3 6AD
Verulamium Park, St Albans. AL3 4SW
The Cathedral dominates the city’s skyline from every approach. Its architecture is a blend of many different periods, and its great tower includes Roman bricks salvaged from the ruins of Verulamium. It is best known for the shrine of St Alban, Britain’s first Christian martyr, which continues to attract pilgrims from far and wide.
Butterfly World 2012 will be open from 28th March. Set amongst 27 acres, it offers visitors the chance to appreciate hundreds of butterflies in the Tropical Butterfly House, a butterfly breeding house, the insect study centre,19 outstanding gardens by celebrated landscape designer Ivan Hicks, the Chrysalis Lake and beautiful wildflower meadows. Free car parking. Cafe, shop and plant boutique on site.
Award-winning museum, displaying beautiful objects from the Roman City of Verulamium, featuring superb mosaics and re-created Roman rooms giving the visitor an opportunity to discover the life and times of a major Roman city. Legion XIIII, a re-enactment group, occupies the galleries on the second weekend of each month explaining the tactics and equipment of the Roman army.
Just a short walk from Verulamium Museum is the Roman Theatre, the only visible example in Britain. It was linked to two temples dedicated to RomanoBritish gods and would have been used primarily at times of religious festivals but also for armed combat and wild beast shows. Its fine acoustics were perfectly suited to musical and dramatic performances. Close by are the foundations of a Roman town house, a secret shrine and a row of Roman shops. Opening hours: 1000–1700 hrs daily. (1000–1600 hrs in winter)
In Verulamium Park lies a Roman Mosaic - part of a suite of rooms in a large town house built around AD 200.
Today the Cathedral is a busy centre for church, cultural and civic events. The Abbot’s Kitchen is located in the Chapter House and is perfect for delicious hot or cold lunches, afternoon teas and refreshments. The Abbot’s Kitchen is open Monday to Saturday: 1000 to 1630 hrs and Sunday 1300 to 1630 hrs Other facilities include guided tours, exhibitions, shop and a warm welcome for visitors of all ages. Opening hours: 0830 -1745 hrs daily (no entry fee but a donation is suggested) Tel: 01727 860780 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.stalbanscathedral.org.uk
St Albans Abbey
Prices: Adults £7.50, Children (under 16) £5.50, Senior/Conc £6.50, Family (2 adult /2 child ) £22.50, Groups (10+) adult £6.00, Conc £5.00, Child £4.00. Opening hours: 1000 -1700 hrs daily Tel: 01727 869203 Web: www.butterflyworldproject.com E.mail: email@example.com
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Opening hours: Monday to Saturday 1000 -1730 hrs, Sunday 1400 -1730 hrs. Last admission 1700 hrs. Tel: 01727 751810 Web: www.stalbansmuseums.org.uk
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Opening hours: Summer Monday to Saturday 1000-1630 hrs Sunday 1400-1630 hrs. Opening hours: Winter Monday to Saturday 1000-1545 hrs Sunday 1400 -1545 hrs Admission: Free Tel: 01727 751810 Web: www.stalbansmuseums.org.uk
Tel: 01727 835035 Web: www.romantheatre.co.uk
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The Roman Mosaic (Hypocaust
Royal National Rose Society Gardens
High Street, St Albans. AL3 4EL
Gardens of the Rose, Chiswell Green Lane, Chiswell Green, St Albans. AL2 3NR
Shaw’s Corner, Ayot St Lawrence, Nr Welwyn. AL6 9BX
Redbournbury Lane, Redbourn Road, St Albans. AL3 6RS
The country home of George Bernard Shaw from 1906 until his death in 1950. The atmospheric rooms remain much as he left them, with many literary and personal effects providing a fascinating insight into his domestic life. At the bottom of the tranquil 3.5 acre garden, stands his revolving summer house/ writing hut, where many of his famous plays were written, which could be turned to catch the sunlight. The property holds events for visitors of all ages, so please do contact the property for an events leaflet.
Redbournbury Mill is a fully restored 18th century working watermill on the River Ver just north of St Albans. The mill produces and sells stoneground organic flour. The recently opened bakery produces a variety of bread from the mill’s organic flours. The river and surrounding countryside are a haven for wildlife and the mill is an ideal stop for walkers and cyclists. Attractions include milling demonstrations, an Oil Engine and other exhibits.
Built between 1403 and 1412, the Clock Tower is the only medieval town belfry in England. The tower with its fine bell has survived over 600 years of use. The Clock Tower was first and foremost a political statement. The townspeople used it to assert their freedom, power and wealth in the face of the premier Benedictine Abbey of England (now St Albans Cathedral). The Tower allowed the town to sound its own hours and, until 1863, the Curfew. It also gave the alarm in case of ‘fire or fray’ – its bell rang out for the first Battle of St Albans during the Wars of the Roses in 1455. Today you can climb the 93 steps to the top of the Tower and enjoy magnificent views of St Albans. Opening hours: Easter to early September 1030 -1700 hrs Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays Tel: 01727 751810 Web: www.stalbansmuseums.org.uk
Situated to the south of the City, the world-renowned Royal National Rose Society Gardens will be open from 9th June to 29th July. Highlights include: a 72 arch pergola with each pillar supporting climbing/rambling roses and companion plantings of clematis, lonicera and others, 3 new ponds containing a variety of fish and water loving plants, displays of the best of modern roses together with many varieties of old garden roses, a border of species roses and a grassed maze, a rose collection showing the history of the rose and the newly planted Queen Mother rose garden. Please telephone, email or visit the website to check details before travelling Prices: Adults £5.00, Children (under 16) Free Opening hours: 1000 - 1700 hrs daily Tel: 0845 833 4344 Web: www.rnrs.org.uk Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
St Albans Museum
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St Albans South Signal Box
Opening hours: 10 March to 4 November 2012, Wednesday to Sunday, plus Bank Holiday Mondays House: 1300 - 1700 hrs, Garden 1200 - 1730 hrs (last admission 1630 hrs) Tel: 01494 755567 (National Trust Helpline) Tel: 01438 820307 (Events Information) E.mail: email@example.com Web: www.nationaltrust.org.uk
Bakery open Saturday mornings. Other special open days (contact for details) Open for private groups and tours by arrangement (contact for further details)
De Havilland Aircraft Museum
Museum of St Albans
St Albans South Signal Box
9a Hatfield Road, St Albans. AL1 3RR
Ridgmont Road by platform 4 exit, St Albans City Station
At the Museum of St Albans (which also houses The UH Galleries) you can discover the fascinating story of our historic cathedral city. The rise of St Albans from a market town and coaching centre to a modern commuter city is told through lively displays using the museum’s collections. Special exhibitions are held regularly and the museum has a wildlife garden and pond.
Built in1892 the signal box contains a 1904 signal lever frame. It is the only signal box on a mainline railway line open to the public. There are slideshows, posters on display and regular demonstrations of signalling using the original lever frame and Midland Railway equipment - visitors are encouraged to ‘have a go’ at changing the signals and accepting the train from Harpenden.
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday, 1000–1700 hrs, Sunday 1400 - 1700 hrs (Free Admission)
Opening hours: Check website for details.
The Heritage Centre prides itself as being Britain’s first aviation collection. The core of the collection is the unique Mosquito prototype, the only original WW2 prototype in the World. On display there is a variety of de Havilland aircraft, aero-engines, propellers, missiles, rockets and memorabilia. The Centre provides a unique ‘hands-on’ experience for all the family.
Tel: 01727 836131 E.mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.tlr.ltd.uk/sigbox
Opening hours: March to October 1400 - 1730 hrs Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday 1030 - 1730 hrs Sundays & Bank Holidays
Tel: 01727 819340 Web: www.stalbansmuseums.org.uk
Opening hours: Every Sunday afternoon throughout the year from 1430 - 1700hrs (Winter 1430 - 1630hrs)
Tel: 01582 792874 E.mail: email@example.com Web: www.redbournmill.co.uk
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St Albans Organ Theatre
The de Havilland Aircraft Heritage Centre
St Albans Organ Theatre
Salisbury Hall, London Colney, St Albans. AL2 1BU
A permanent playing collection of rare mechanical musical instruments, café / dance organs, player pianos and theatre pipe organs. Live performances are given, together with a commentary.
Tel: 01727 822051 (Infoline) or 01727 826400 (answerphone & fax) Web: www.dehavillandmuseum.co.uk
320 Camp Road, St Albans. AL1 5PE
Opening hours: 1400 -1630 hrs Sundays Concerts given monthly - Saturdays 1945 hrs (Contact for further details) Tel: 01727 873896 / 869693 E.mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.stalbansorgantheatre.org.uk
Willows Farm Village
Off Bluehouse Hill, St Albans. AL3 6AD
Near Sandridge just north of St Albans
Coursers Road, London Colney, St Albans. AL4 0PF
Seat of the Earl of Verulam, Gorhambury was built in the late 18th century by the architect Robert Taylor. The present building replaced old Gorhambury House, built in the 16th century and the home of Francis Bacon, the philosopher and writer. The present house contains a fine collection of family portraits.
The creation of England’s largest new native forest is well underway. Heartwood Forest is a large-scale reforestation project that will see 600,000 new trees planted over 858 acres in the next 12 years. Within the 858 acres are 45 acres of existing ancient woodland complete with bluebells in spring. There will also be a community orchard, new wildflower meadows, open spaces and although many trees at this stage have only just been planted, there is already a network of footpaths, cycle paths and bridleways which cross this area of beautiful Hertfordshire countryside.
Willows Farm Village offers an incredible rural retreat. Meet the farmyard animals, enjoy the daily programme of shows and events. Leave plenty of time for all the adventure play activities and Woolly Jumpers indoor play barn. Entertainment, education and fun for the whole family.
Opening hours: May to September 1400 - 1700 hrs Thursdays only Groups at other times by special appointment Tel: 01727 854051
Farm Village opening hours: Open daily 1000 - 1730 Farm Shop opening hours: Open daily 1000 - 1730
Willows Farm Village
Redbourn Village Museum
St Albans Tour Guides
Silk Mill House, The Common, Redbourn. AL3 7NB
Cottonmill Lane, St Albans. AL1 2BY
The Silk Mill House contains this Village Museum with a gallery for photographic and art exhibitions as well as displays of the early and later history of the village in other exhibition rooms.
Commonly called Sopwell Nunnery, the ruins here should rightly be known as Lee Hall. The land on which the nunnery ruins stood was purchased by Sir Richard Lee, an adviser to Henry VIII, who demolished the nunnery and built a house on the foundations. Visible remains include the gatehouse, one wing of an H-shaped structure, the adjoining cross-wing and a kitchen at the back. With the beautiful walk along the river Ver and the spring and summer flower meadows the site is a perfect spot for a relaxing walk or picnic.
The City and District of St Albans Tour Guides host a programme of walks throughout the year. Walks include A Pint, A Prayer and A Primer, Historic St Albans, Crime and Punishment and Ghostly Goings-On.
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Redbourn Village Museum
now part of St Albans School
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Tel: 01582 793397 E.mail: email@example.com
The most complete medieval gateway in England,
Tel: 0870 129 9718 E.mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.willowsfarmvillage.com
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Opening hours: Saturday 1400–1700 hrs, Sundays 1400 - 1700 hrs
The Abbey Gateway
There is a nominal charge of £4 per adult and £2 per child (5-15, under 5s free) for City walks. Ghost walks are £4 for adults and £2 for children. Group bookings and talks by prior arrangement.
Tel: 01727 864511 Web: www.stalbans.gov.uk or www.stalbanstourguides.co.uk
Beyond the city of St Albans, but still within easy reach, there is plenty more to explore. There are a wealth of villages, good pubs, beautiful walks, historic churches and family attractions, a few of which are listed below. Make sure you take the time to visit them all, as you don’t want to miss out on something special!
Hatfield House Hatfield, Hertfordshire. AL9 5NQ
Visit this stunning Jacobean house within an extensive park and see the surviving wing of the Royal Palace of Hatfield, where Elizabeth I spent much of her childhood. The house is steeped in Elizabethan and Victorian political history and has a fine collection of pictures, tapestries, furnishings and historic armour. There are delightful formal gardens, woodland trails, picnic areas and a children’s play park. Special events are held throughout the year. Opening times: 7 April to 30 September 2012 House: Wed - Sun & Bank Holiday Mondays 1200–1700 hrs; Park, West Gardens, Restaurant & Shop: Tue - Sun & Bank Holiday Mondays 1100 - 1730 hrs; East Garden: Wed only 1100 - 1700 hrs. Tel: 01707 287010 Fax: 01707 287033 Email: email@example.com Web: www.hatfield-house.co.uk
Knebworth House, Gardens & Park Knebworth, Hertfordshire. SG1 2AX
One of England’s most beloved stately homes, Knebworth House is famous worldwide for its rock concerts and as the home of the Lytton family since 1490. The original Tudor Manor was transformed in 1843 by the spectacular high Gothic decoration of Victorian novelist Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton who was also famed as the author of the words “The pen is mightier than the sword”. This beautiful gothic mansion is situated 29 miles north of London off the A1(M) at Stevenage and has beautiful formal gardens, a Dinosaur Trail and 250 acres of parkland, which includes a miniature railway and kids adventure playground. Tel: 01438 812661 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.knebworthhouse.com
Note: Access to Knebworth House is from J7 of A1(M)
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Warner Bros Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter Leavesden Studios, Studio Tour Drive, Leavesden. WD25 7LR
People the world-over have been enchanted by the Harry Potter films for nearly a decade. The wonderful special effects and amazing creatures have made this iconic series beloved to both young and old – and now, for the first time, the doors are going to be opened for everyone at the studio where it first began. You’ll have the chance to go behind-the-scenes and see many things the camera never showed. From breathtakingly detailed sets to stunning costumes, props and animatronics, Warner Bros. Studio Tour London provides a unique showcase of the extraordinary British artistry, technology and talent that went into making the most successful film series of all time. Pre Booking Only. Tel: 08450 840 900 Web: www.wbstudiotour.co.uk
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Paradise Wildlife Park
Woburn Safari Park
Moneybury Hill, Ringshall, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire. HP4 1LX
White Stubbs Lane, Broxbourne. EN10 7QA
Woburn Park, Bedfordshire. MK17 9WA
Come to Paradise on any weekday or weekend 364 days a year and meet some amazing animals face to face! There are tigers, lions, monkeys, penguins, meerkats, zebras, reptiles and birds.
Woburn Safari Park is an action packed day for all the family. Visitors to the park can drive through the large animal exhibits, which contain species such as White Rhino, Elephants, Tigers and Black Bears.
Tel: 01992 470490 Web: www.pwpark.com
Tel: 01525 290407 Web: www.woburnsafari.co.uk
This magnificent and varied estate runs across the borders of Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire, along the main ridge of the Chiltern Hills. There are woodlands, commons and chalk downland supporting a variety of wildlife and offering splendid walks through outstanding scenery. The focal point of the area is the Bridgewater Monument, erected in 1832 in memory of the Duke of Bridgewater. The Visitor Centre next to the Monument has a National Trust Gift Shop, Tea Room and Discovery Room. There is a programme of guided walks and events. Powered Mobility vehicles available March - October (pre booking advisable).
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Visitor Centre and Shop 13 February to 16 December 2012 Open Daily from 1000-1700 hrs Brownlow Café Open daily, except Christmas Day, 0800 to 1800 hrs April to October, 0800 to 1600 hrs at all other times Admission charges: Access to the Estate is free. Donations welcome. Monument: Adults - £1.70 Children - 90p Free to all National Trust Members. For more information please contact the Visitor Centre. Tel: 01442 851227 Infoline: 01494 755557 Email: email@example.com Web: www.nationaltrust.org.uk
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Warner Bros Studio Tour
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Paradise Wildlife Park
Woburn Safari Park
ZSL Whipsnade Zoo
Woburn Park, Bedfordshire. MK17 9WA
Dunstable, Bedfordshire. LU6 2LF
Woburn Abbey has been the home of the Dukes of Bedford for nearly 400 years. As such, it is steeped in a vast amount of history.
Get up close to some of the biggest, rarest and most majestic animals alive at the UK’s biggest zoo - including cheetah cubs, elephants, tigers, lions, rhinos and giraffes.... and 2,500 more!
Tel: 01525 290333 Email:firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.woburnabbey.co.uk
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Tel: 01582 872171 Web: www.zsl.org/whipsnade
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A visit to St Albans for shopping is a unique and varied experience, a contrast to indoor shopping malls. The city’s historic ambience provides a delightful setting in which to explore a wide range of top name and independent shops. The bustling city centre market on Wednesdays and Saturdays is one of the largest in the south east of England, with over 160 stalls. Indoor markets are held regularly at St Albans Town Hall. St Albans is rich in heritage and tradition, evidence of which can be found down every street and arcade where traders have plied their wares for many a century. Blending into the historic surroundings are two modern pedestrianised shopping centres. The Maltings is an outdoor mall housing 50 shops as well as the Public Library, Christopher Place is home to speciality shops located around a central courtyard. The Cathedral Quarter, in the streets and lanes clustered around the Cathedral, has an amazing variety of specialist shops housed in historic buildings along picturesque streets. Throughout the year a programme of events and activities takes place within the city centre, giving more reason not to miss the unique experience of shopping within St Albans.
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St Albans Traditional Street Market
Parking in St Albans could not be easier, with the many available car parks highlighted on the map on page 71.
Parking restrictions are relaxed for blue badge holders, making parking easier for those who are less mobile.
Established over 1,000 years ago, the colourful street market extends through the heart of St Albans, offering an enormous variety of wares from foodstuffs, flowers, gifts, clothes and souvenirs to crafts and more unusual items.
For opening times and charges, visit the website www.stalbans.gov.uk/transport-and-streets/parking.
St Albans Farmer’s Market
Drover’s Way Car Park, St Albans
Blue badge holders can park on yellow lines, in any car park operated by St Albans City and District Council or on-street parking bay for up to three hours as long as there are no loading restrictions and as long as the blue badge and clock are shown correctly.
Every Wednesday and Saturday, St Peter’s Street, St Albans
The St Albans Farmer’s Market takes place on the second Sunday of every month. This market is located outside the Town Hall on the Town Hall Square from 0900 to 1400 hrs.
Harpenden Farmer’s Market The Harpenden Farmer’s Market takes place on the fourth Sunday of each month from 1000 to 1400 hrs.
Shopping around the District is a fascinating affair. Harpenden has many brand name shops alongside independent retailers. Other villages have a whole range of shops including a multitude of independents as well as chain stores. They range from the large warehouse outlets of London Colney Fields to the small boutiques of Redbourn and Wheathampstead.
Wheathampstead Farmer’s Market takes place on the third Sunday of every month. This Market is located in the East Lane Car Park behind the Bull pub in Wheathampstead from 1000 to 1300 hrs.
Wheathampstead Farmer’s Market
St Albans Shopmobility Shopmobility has been operating in St Albans for ten years and is funded by St Albans City and District Council and through donations. Visitors with limited mobility can take advantage of the free Shopmobility scheme, providing manual wheelchairs and battery-powered scooters.
If the badge and clock are not displayed correctly, you are likely to get a Penalty Charge Notice. The following car parks have designated spaces for disabled parking: Marks & Spencers’ Car Park
Shopmobility is conveniently located behind BHS in the Drover’s Way car park.
Opening times: 0930 to 1600 hrs from Monday to Saturday
Verulamium (St Michael’s)
Tel: 01727 819339 for further details
The Maltings Shopping Centre
Jack Wills, Market Place
Festivals & Events
Throughout the year St Albans City & District has a lively cultural calendar, so why not plan your visit to coincide with one of the regular street events, festivals or markets? There is so much to do, and as well as the regular events listed below, local attractions often have special one-off events as well. For more information, please contact the Tourist Information Centre, and ask about “What’s On”, or visit www.enjoystalbans.com.
Redbourn Torch Relay and Party on the Common
Sixties: St Albans In A Decade of Change
16 June Web: www.redbourn.org.uk
Heritage Open Days
Carols on the Hour
6 - 9 September Tel: 01727 864511 Web: www.enjoystalbans.com
22 December Tel: 01727 864511
Hertfordshire Open Studios
Boxing Day Tel: 01727 864511
Until 22 April Tel: 01727 819340 Web: www.stalbansmuseums.org.uk
St Albans Music City 17 - 25 March Tel: 01727 827667 Web: www.lemonrock.com/musiccity www.stalbans.gov.uk/musiccity
MAY 2012 Beating the Bounds 6 May Tel: 01727 864511
Harpenden Carnival 20 May Web: www.harpendenroundtable.org
JUNE 2012 Music in the Parks June to September 2012 (Sunday afternoons) Tel: 01727 827667 Web: www.stalbans.gov.uk/musicintheparks
Hertfordshire County Show (Redbourn) 2 - 3 June Tel: 01727 864511 Web: www.hertsshow.com
Diamond Jubilee Celebrations around the District 2 – 5 June Web: www.enjoystalbans.com
St Albans Half Marathon 10 June Web: www.stalbanshalfmarathon.co.uk
Grove House Midnight Walk 16 June Web: www.midnightwalk.org
Harpenden Common Discovery Day 16 June Tel: 01582 768278 Web: www.harpenden.gov.uk
Art on the Common (Harpenden) 16 - 17 June Tel: 01582 620961 Web: www.harpenden.gov.uk.
St Albans Festival 16 June – 1 July Tel: 01727 864511 or 01727 819563 Web: www.stalbansfestival.com
Redbourn Olympic Celebration Day 23 June Web: www.redbourn.org.uk
Larks in the Parks 24 June Tel: 01727 827667 Web: www.stalbanscathedral.org.uk
St Albans International Organ Festival This is a biennial event, with the next festival in June 2013. Web: www.organfestival.com
JULY 2012 Childwickbury Arts Fair 6 - 8 July Web: www.childwickbury-arts-fair.com
Wheathampstead Village Weekend 7 - 8 July Web: www.wheathampstead-pc.gov.uk
8 - 30 September Web: www.hvaf.org.uk
Giant Monopoly 9 September Tel: 01727 827667
St Albans CAMRA Beer Festival 26 - 29 September Web: www.stalbansbeerfestival.com
JANUARY 2013 St Albans Model Railway Exhibition 12 - 13 January Tel: David Crossley on 01438 715580 Email: mailto:email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
St Albans Food & Drink Festival
26 September – 7 October Web: www.stalbansfoodanddrink.com
St Albans Pancake Race
12 February Tel: 01727 864511 Web: www.enjoystalbans.com
The Big Draw October Web: www.stalbans.gov.uk/artstalbans
Herts 10K (Harpenden) 14 October Web: www.herts10k.com
NOVEMBER 2012 St Albans Firework Display
Harpenden Highland Gathering
3 November Box office tel: 01727 844488
15 July Web: www.harpenden-lions.co.uk
St Albans Christmas Lights Switch On
15 July Web: www.raceforlife.org
18 November Separate events also take place in Harpenden, Southdown and London Colney. Web: www.enjoystalbans.com
Classics on the Common (Harpenden)
Harpenden Christmas Carnival
25 July Web: www.classicsonthecommon.com
25 November web: www.harpenden.gov.uk
Race for Life
St Albans Mummers
For more information about the events listed on this page, see pages 34-37
Heliosphere by Dream Engine
St Albans Festival
The impossible becomes possible. Spiralling and spinning and seemingly weightless, an acrobat suspended beneath a helium balloon explores the uncharted space between street level and rooftops. An extraordinary aerobatic show over the heads of the audience.
Saturday 16 June to Sunday 1 July 2012 This year the Festival will animate and celebrate the heritage of St Albans, with high quality, accessible, free outdoor performances in interesting and
Tel: 01727 819563 Web: www.stalbansfestival.com Emaill: email@example.com
unusual spaces throughout St Albans. A highlight will be the spectacular visual productions by Walk the Plank. On Saturday 16th June, listen out for the sound of drummers as these prepare the way for the awesome Tiger to roam St Peterâ€™s Street. On 23rd June donâ€™t miss seeing the Vintry Garden become The Fire Garden, a beautiful glowing garden of fire based installations, performance and interactive trails. The two week programme will also feature some Festival favourites, such as the St Albans Pilgrimage, the very popular Larks in the Parks and the return of the hugely successful free outdoor performance in Rothamsted Park, (Harpenden) for families. This year Cambridge Touring Theatre will be delighting our audiences with King Arthur and the Sword of the Stone. Not to be missed. There will be many opportunities for residents to take part this year, or you can just soak up the theatrical atmosphere around you and watch the many free impromptu performances and activities taking place across the city centre.
The Birds by Apus Productions These fantastical giant birds with their stunning fanned tails entertain and inspire. Accompanied by Major Apus, the jungle explorer, they are a real treat for children and families.
Food & Drink Festival Wednesday 26 September to Sunday 7 October 2012 The fifth annual St Albans Food and Drink Festival will showcase and celebrate the local food scene in and around St Albans. Kicking off will be the CAMRA Beer Festival and the gastronomic feast will continue for 12 days to include a wide range of special events from wine tasting and chef demonstrations to cocktail shaking and cheese evenings. The St Albans Food and Drink Festival Awards celebrate the cream of local food and drink establishments and throughout the Festival, there will be lots of special offers and discounts available at a wide range of pubs, bars, cafĂŠs and restaurants. During the festival finale, Market Place is filled with delicious delicacies and tasty treats. Browse the food stalls and watch the chefs demonstrate their skills on the cookery theatre stage. Keep in touch with the Festival by looking on the Festival website www.stalbansfoodanddrink.com or join our Facebook page.
At the Festival Finale many of the popular restaurants from around the City & District come into the city centre and take market stalls to show off their popular dishes.
Market Place 30 www.enjoystalbans.com
Christmas in St Albans Sunday 18 November to Sunday 6 January Christmas is a wonderful time to visit St Albans so don’t just leave it for the summer! The Christmas Lights Switch-on kicks off the Christmas spirit on Sunday 18th November 2012, with music and entertainment all afternoon before the lights are switched on at 1730 hrs. Throughout December there are festivities and celebrations such as Christmas Markets and carol singing under St Albans’s fabulous Christmas lights. Around the District Harpenden, Southdown, Wheathampstead and London Colney all have their own pretty Christmas lights. Harpenden’s Christmas Carnival, which takes place this year on Sunday 25th November, is another not to be missed event to get you in the Christmas spirit, complete with funfair, Christmas Market and mulled wine. For a full list of the Christmas Events contact the Tourist & Information Centre on 01727 864511.
Take a break from your last minute Christmas shopping and enjoy the ‘Carols on the Hour’ event in the Cathedral on Saturday 22nd December between 1100 to 1600hrs.
Market Place 32 www.enjoystalbans.com
Sixties: St Albans In A Decade Of Change
Music in the Parks
Larks in the Parks
St Albans CAMRA Beer Festival
Until 22 April 2012
June to September 2012 (Sunday afternoons)
Sunday 24 June 2012
Wednesday 26 September to Saturday 29 September 2012
An exhibition at the Museum of St Albans focusing on the explosion of creativity that followed the appearance of the Sex Pistols at St Albans College of Art and Design. There will be a number of complementary events during St Albans Music City. Free entry. Mon-Sat: 1000-1700 hrs, Sun: 1400-1700 hrs
Showcasing the finest musical delights from the local scene, in the fragrant surroundings of St Albans’ picturesque parks. From jazz, blues and folk to indie, singer-songwriters and DJs, the soundtrack to your summer is right here!
Join your neighbours for an afternoon of fun in the sun with a seaside theme. Music, workshops, games and much more will be on offer so bring a picnic and come and join in. Larks take place in Fleetville, Sopwell, London Colney, Colney Heath, Highfield and Victoria Playing Field. 1200-1700 hrs
St Albans is the home of CAMRA – The Campaign for Real Ale – and in the last week of September CAMRA organises the biggest beer festival in Hertfordshire. Come and sample over 300 varieties of real ale! Ciders and perries also available.
Web: www.lemonrock.com/musicintheparks Email: www.stalbans.gov.uk/musicintheparks
Tel: 01727 819340 Web: www.stalbansmuseums.org.uk Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
St Albans Half Marathon
Beating the Bounds
St Albans’ major sporting event, raising funds for local charities. In addition to the half-marathon there is a Walking Half Marathon, 1.5 Mile Children’s Fun Run and 5k Healthy Hearts Jog.
Sunday 10 June 2012
Sunday 6 May 2012
The ancient ceremony of Beating the Bounds will be re-enacted starting from Kingsbury Watermill in St Michael’s Village at 1400 hrs. The procession, led by the Mayor and officers of the District Council, will follow the medieval boundary of the town as defined in 1327. At key points, various dignitaries will be ‘bumped’! The route is just over 2 miles and takes around 2.5 hours. Free.
Diamond Jubilee Celebrations around the District Saturday 2 June to Tuesday 5 June 2012
Saxon Celebration in Verulamium Park Saturday May 26 and Sunday May 27 11am - 4pm
To commemorate the 1,000th anniversary of the first recorded use of the word “Hertfordshire” (1012AD – Anglo Saxon Chronicle). There will be static displays depicting aspects of everyday life in the year 1012 e.g. spinning, weaving, leather working etc, also presentations at set times in the roped off arena area e.g. a weapons display, training the fyrd and the King’s Court session. The above will be provided by a re-enactment group called “The Vikings” www.vikingsonline.org.uk In addition, the Museum staff, Trust members and volunteers will be running childrens activities and a Saxon beer tent. Web: www.vikingsonline.org.uk Tel: 01727 751810
Sunday 15 July 2012
Saturday 16 June 2012
The Alban Pilgrimage 2012 Saturday 23 June 2012
Enjoy a stunning, unique event as the story of Saint Alban, Britain’s first Christian martyr, is re-enacted with giant puppets and costume. The Carnival procession starts at 1100 hrs from Verulamium Museum, and all are welcome. Free of charge.
St Albans Festival 2011
Wednesday 26 September to Sunday 7 October 2012
A women’s 10 mile Midnight Walk around St Albans, raising money for Grove House. To register and for more information visit the website.
St Albans Food and Drink Festival St Albans has a long history of excellent pubs and restaurants. The Food and Drink Festival celebrates this starting with the Camra Beer Festival and ending with the Harvest Festival in the Cathedral. There will also be plenty to eat and drink throughout the 12 day festival.
Each September for one weekend, St Albans opens its doors to allow you to visit many of the museums and attractions free, and to explore buildings normally closed to the public.
Grove House Midnight Walk
This year’s event in Verulamium Park, St Albans will take place on Sunday 15th July 2012 when we hope 4000 women will come together and help raise money to beat cancer. Why not enter with your friends, family and colleagues.
Thursday 6 to Sunday 9 September 2012
Saturday 16 June to 1 July 2012
Tel: 01727 890245 Web: www.stalbanscathedral.org
St Michael’s Village
Race for Life
Heritage Open Days
St Albans Festival See page 28 for full details.
Annual Pancake Race
Tel: 01727 827667 Web: www.stalbanscathedral.org.uk Email: email@example.com
Hertfordshire Open Studios Saturday 8 September to Sunday 30 September 2012
Meet local artists, browse through their work and perhaps buy something that pleases you, as over 150 artists across the District open their studios and welcome you.
The Big Draw October 2012
In line with the National campaign for Drawing, there will be a series of creative art workshops at venues across the district. Open to all ages, there is also the “Big Draw” event at the end of the month, a fun day out for all the family. Tel: 01582 768278 E.mail: Melissa.firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.stalbans.gov.uk/artstalbans
St Albans Firework Display Saturday 3 November 2012
Join us for a game of Giant Monopoly played across an area of the City Centre and Verulamium. Now in its sixth year, come and get some exercise and get to know your City better!
The largest public display in the south of England, this veritable panoply of pyrotechnic craft is organised by St Albans Cathedral in aid of local charities. Gates open at 1800 hrs. The display at Verulamium Park takes place at 1930 hrs. Tickets available from the Alban Arena box office on:
Tel: 01727 827667
Tel: 01727 844488
Sunday 9 September 2012
St Albans Festival
Christmas Lights Switch-On Events
St Albans Model Railway Exhibition
Sunday 18 November 2012
There will be more than twenty good quality working model railways at the Alban Arena, with a well-balanced coverage of scales, gauges and prototypes. A selection of specialist and general trades will be present together with demonstrations, static exhibits and society stands.
Saturday 12 to Sunday 13 January 2013
An afternoon and early evening spectacular of pantomime stars, street entertainers and fun and games for children, marks the start of Christmas shopping in St Albans. Separate events also take place in Harpenden, Southdown and London Colney. Contact the Tourist Information Centre for details.
Open 1000-1800 hrs (Sat) and 1000-1700 hrs (Sun) Tel: David Crossley on 01438 715580 Web: www.cmra.org.uk/stalbans.html
Carols On The Hour
St Albans Pancake Race
Saturday 22 December 2012
Take a break from the last-minute Christmas shopping and enjoy this special St Albans Cathedral event. Each service lasts just 30 minutes, enough time to sing some uplifting carols with the Cathedral Choirs. On the hour, every hour from 1100 hrs to 1600 hrs. Web: www.stalbanscathedral.org
Shrove Tuesday 12 February 2013
Harpenden Harpenden Farmers Market Every 4th Sunday of the month 1000 hrs - 1400 hrs Harpenden High Street
64 stalls selling a huge selection of produce.
Funfairs There is a programme of funfairs in Harpenden each year that take place on Harpenden Common.
The annual St Albans Pancake Race traditionally takes place outside the Old Town Hall at midday each Shrove Tuesday. Who will claim the famous St Albans Frying Pan this year?
Easter Funfair: Thursday 5 to Monday 9 April 2012 Spring: Friday 1 to Tuesday 5 June 2012 Summer: Friday 24 to Monday 27 August 2012 Statty Funfair: Tuesday 11 to Saturday 15 September 2012
St Albans Music City
Tel: 01582 768278 Sunday 20 May 2012 – High Street & Rothamsted Park
For over 40 years the St Albans Mummers have performed their unique adaptation of George & The Dragon on Boxing Day in various locations in the City Centre.
Immerse yourself in the twilight leafy metropolis that is St Albans MusicCity! St Albans has a rich musical history and continues to foster a vibrant scene. St Albans MusicCity is a celebration of that scene which encompasses everything from traditional folk, blues and jazz through to indie, metal and pop!
A procession of floats sets out from Bowers Way Car Park and congregates in Rothamsted Park for judging to take place as well as children’s entertainment, stalls and displays.
For further details, contact Tourist & Information Centre on 01727 864511.
Web: www.lemonrock.com/musiccity www.stalbans.gov.uk/musiccity
Join us at Harpenden Common for a great fun day in celebration of this national event.
St Albans Mummers Boxing Day
Queens Jubilee Celebrations Saturday 2 June 2012
Harpenden Common Discovery Day Saturday 16 June 2012
Come and join in the fun at the Harpenden Common Discovery Day; an opportunity to find out more about the common and the countryside, investigate the nature trails or simply have a picnic. Free activities for the whole family. Tel: 01582 768278 E.mail: Harpenden.email@example.com Web: www.harpenden.gov.uk
Art on the Common Saturday 16 June to Sunday 17 June 2012 - Harpenden Common
A wide variety of local artists to exhibit their work including paintings, jewellery, greeting cards, ceramics and sculptures Tel: 01582 620961
Highland Gathering Sunday 15 July 2012 - Rothamsted Park
Pipe bands, Scottish dance competitions, haggis-hurling and caber-tossing ensures that the true spirit of the Highlands is brought to Harpenden. Web: www.harpenden-lions.co.uk
Classics on the Common
A spectacular event encompassing a carnival procession, charity stalls, a Farmers Market, turning on of the Town’s Christmas lights, fairground rides and festive shopping. Web: www.harpenden.gov.uk
Ayot St Lawrence Shaw’s Corner Shaw’s Corner hosts a range of events throughout the year. Contact Events Information on: 01438 820307 or St Albans Tourist & Information Centre for more details. E.mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.nationaltrust.org.uk
Redbourn Herts County Show Saturday 2 to Sunday 3 June 2012
For more details about the show or other events visit the website or contact St Albans Tourist & Information Centre on 01727 864511. Web: www.hertsshow.com
Redbourn Torch Relay & Party on the Common Saturday 16 June 2012
For more details, check the website. Web: www.redbourn.org.uk
Redbourn Olympic Celebration Day Saturday 23 June 2012
Held at the Redbourn Recreation Centre For more details, check the website. Web: www.redbourn.org.uk
Childwickbury Childwickbury Arts Fair Friday 6 to Sunday 8 July 2012
A three-day celebration of visual arts and musical creativity. Come and discover our wide range of skilful artists and popular local musicians, with hands-on activities suitable for all the family. Web: www.childwickbury-arts-fair.com
Wheathampstead Wheathampstead Village Day Sunday 8 July 2012
One of the fastest growing regional 10k events in the country. Web: www.herts10k.com
A unique evening of classic cars on the Common.
Herts 10K Sunday 14 October 2012 - Rothamsted Park, Harpenden
Sunday 25th November 2012
Wheathampstead Village Day traditionally takes place on the second Sunday of July with a procession through the High Street at 1300 hours to the Marford Playing Fields to the village fete and family entertainment. This year’s theme will be “Around The World”. Entrance is free and there is ample parking.
Wednesday 25 July 2012 - Harpenden Common 2pm until dusk
St Albans Food and Drink Festival
Harpenden Christmas Carnival
St Albans Beer Festival
& St Albans offers a vibrant and varied range of arts and entertainment whatever the weather, whatever the season, day and night. In addition to the venues listed here, there are many other locations within St Albans that host events such as the Cathedral & Abbey Church of St Alban that hosts a packed programme of musical events throughout the year.
You will also find a variety of entertainment on the streets and in the parks and gardens of the city. Though a bustling city centre during the day, at night St Albans comes alive in a different way. Take in some entertainment at one of the theatres, enjoy the atmosphere in one of the many restaurants and make a night of your stay with the pub and club scene which offers a wide variety of live music from both local and nationally known bands.
Hair The Musical
Maltings Arts Theatre
The SandPit Theatre
Westminster Lodge, Holywell Hill, St Albans. AL1 2DL
Level 2, The Maltings, St Albans. AL1 3HL
Sandringham School, The Ridgeway, St Albans. AL4 9NX
Tel: 01727 857861 (Box Office) Theatre Manager: 01727 847472 Fax: 01727 812742 Email: email@example.com Web: www.abbeytheatre.org.uk
Tel: 07807 521436 Online Bookings: www.ticketsource.co.uk/ovo Website: www.maltingsartstheatre.co.uk Tickets also available from St Albans Tourist and Information Centre on 01727 864511.
Tel: 01727 370067 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.sandpittheatre.co.uk
The Alban Arena
UH Galleries at the Museum Of St Albans
Trestle Arts Base
Tel: 01727 844488 (Box Office) Email: email@example.com Web: www.alban-arena.co.uk
Hatfield Road, St Albans. AL1 3RR
Tel: 01727 850950 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.trestle.org.uk
Harpenden Public Halls
UHArts, The Weston Auditorium
Southdown Road, Harpenden. AL5 1PD
Market Place, St Albans. AL3 5DJ
The Weston Auditorium, University of Hertfordshire,
Tel: 01582 762880 (General enquiries) Box Office: 01582 767525 Email: harpenden.public.halls@leisureconnection .co.uk Website: www.harpendenpublichalls.co.uk
Tel: 01727 864511 Email: email@example.com Web: www.stalbans.gov.uk/townhall
de Havilland Campus, Hatfield. AL10 9EU
Tel: 01707 281127 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hazel Oâ€™Connor, Harpenden Public Halls
Performance at Trestle
Civic Centre, St Albans. AL1 3LD
Swan Lake at The Alban Arena
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 2-5pm Exhibition info: 01707 281127 Email: email@example.com Web: www.herts.ac.uk/artsandgalleries
Russet Drive, St Albans. AL4 0JQ
St Albans City and District is home to a vast range of excellent leisure facilities designed to suit all ages and interests. For those who enjoy fitness and sports activities, there are various sports centres to choose from, whilst if you prefer more relaxed pursuits, there are plenty of opportunities ranging from walking and cycling to golf, horse riding and fishing.
Sport & Fitness
Walking & Cycling
Swimming pools can be found at Westminster Lodge and Harpenden Leisure Centre. These centres, together with Redbourn Recreation Centre, also offer many other facilities including table tennis, basketball, badminton, volleyball, indoor hockey, football and netball. For the latest in gym equipment, try out the Harpers Fitness Centres located at Westminster Lodge, London Colney Recreation Centre, and Harpenden Leisure Centre.
Batchwood Golf & Tennis Centre provides outdoor tennis facilities which are ideal for everyone from the occasional player to the semi-professional. Outdoor courts are also available at Harpenden Leisure Centre, London Colney Recreation Centre, Clarence Park and Verulamium Park.
The countryside around the city of St Albans is criss-crossed with opportunities for walking and cycling.
The adiZone in Verulamium Park, has been designed and developed by adidas, Official Sportswear Partner of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. It is a giant outdoor multi-gym facility which boasts sporting facilities that include a basketball, football and tennis area, a climbing wall, an outdoor gym and an open area to encourage dance, aerobics and gymnastics.
Golf There are several private golf clubs in and around St Albans but if you are just looking for a casual game, Abbey View Golf Course at Westminster Lodge offers a challenging 9 hole course. Alternatively, one of the best 18-hole municipal courses in the country can be found at Batchwood Golf and Tennis Centre where even the most experienced golfers can be tested. There are various private clubs in the district including Verulam Golf Club and Redbourn Golf Club which also has its own golf range.
Alban Way The Alban Way is 6 ½ miles long and is a trail for cyclists and walkers along a former Hatfield to St Albans railway line. The Alban Way has a smooth surface, suitable for all users, and it forms part of the National Cycle Network.
Adventure World, at London Colney Recreation Centre, is the perfect place for children. Under-fives can let their imagination run wild in the indoor world of toys and games, whilst older children can make the most of the innovative choice of adventure climbs. All activities are fully supervised, so parents get the chance to relax in the cafeteria and lounge.
DJ’s Jungle Adventure on St Albans Road in Sandridge and Big Space Children’s Indoor Play Centre in Harpenden are exciting indoor soft play centres for under and over 5s. There’s also a Toddler Splash Park in Verulamium Park open from May to early September.
Approximately 7 miles long, the Nickey Line footpath and cycle way in Hertfordshire is a former railway line that links Harpenden, Redbourn and Hemel Hempstead but is used now by walkers and cyclists from many parts of the country. It was opened in 1985. At Heartwood Forest near Sandridge just north of St Albans, the creation of England’s largest new native forest is well underway. A network of footpaths, cycle paths and bridleways already cross this area of beautiful Hertfordshire countryside.
Information Useful telephone contacts Abbey View Golf Course 01727 868227 Adventure World London Colney 01727 822447 Batchwood Golf and Tennis Centre 01727 844250 Harpenden Leisure Centre / Swimming Pool 01582 767722 / 01582 460683 Westminster Lodge Leisure Centre 01727 846031 Redbourn Recreation Centre 01582 626202
Toddler Splash in Verulamium Park
Verulamium Park St Albans’ largest and most visited park is set in over 100 acres of beautiful parkland, and named after the Roman city of Verulamium on which it stands. A short walk from the city centre, this park has something for everyone: a wide range of sports facilities, a large ornamental lake, the Roman mosaic, and for children, a playground and splash park. Well served by car parks and with a range of eating establishments nearby, the park hosts a number of events throughout the year, including the half-marathon and the November firework spectacular. Web: www.stalbans.gov.uk/verulamiumpark
Rothamsted Park, Harpenden Awarded Green Flag Status in 2008, Rothamsted Park was formerly part of the Rothamsted estate owned by Sir John Lawes, whose ancestors bought the Manor of Rothamsted in 1623. In 1938 the Harpenden Urban District Council purchased the land now known as Rothamsted Park, in order to provide playing fields and to preserve an important open space. The park still provides this function today, with wide open spaces combined with football and cricket pitches, tennis and netball courts, a children’s play area and a skateboard park. During the summer the park hosts the May Carnival and the Highland Games. Web: www.stalbans.gov.uk/rothamstedpark
A classic Victorian park, Clarence Park was given to the people of St. Albans by a local benefactor, Sir John Maple, in 1894. The park is divided into 16 acres of sports grounds and 9 acres devoted to recreational use. The park has been given a facelift thanks to a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, and the park’s original features have been restored to their former glory. The park has earned a Green Flag Award, which recognises and rewards the best green spaces in the country. Clarence Park has many facilities which include a bandstand, a sensory garden, a water fountain, the impressive cricket pavilion, bowling green, croquet lawn as well as being the home of St Albans City Football Club. The park is well known for its very popular children’s playground, which includes equipment for the disabled.
Greenwood Park consists of 60 acres of green open space. Families can enjoy a healthy walk through St Julian’s Wood, through the hay meadow and across the fields. The children’s play area offers a large variety of entertaining play equipment as well as nearby family picnic areas. The park offers a variety of activities, such as football, cricket, tennis and badminton.
Tel: 01727 874867 for details.
Greenwood Park Tennis Club - is situated within Greenwood
Park. Public tennis court and Kids Zone courts can be booked at Ramesh Patel’s Newsagents, 301 Watford Road. Web: www.greenwoodtennis.com
St Albans Hidden Gardens Municipal Gardens behind St Peter’s Street Walk through the archway by Strutt & Parker to discover this pretty little garden, known for its roses and annual bedding displays. This quiet spot is an ideal place to relax, read the paper or take a break. Vintry Garden next to St Albans Cathedral Situated behind tall walls right next to the Cathedral, the garden can trace its history back to the monastery and its use for growing produce - including vines. Nowadays vines are once more growing inside the walls, thanks to a gift from our twin town of Worms in Germany. The garden also benefited from being part of a Heritage Lottery scheme, which allowed the gardens to be refurbished with new seating, path surfaces and planting.
Quakers’ Burial Ground, Victoria Street Now a pretty garden full of flowers in front of the Police Station, it was originally used as its title suggests. You can still see some of the original memorial stones. The Council uses this garden for its carpet bedding designs, to recognise important anniversaries for local organisations. Other gardens of interest: Romeland Gardens - Next to the Abbey Gateway Glossop Memorial Garden - Abbey Mill Lane Wildlife Trust Gardens - By Verulamium Museum
You can also play badminton at Greenwood Park Community Centre.
Beyond the city of St Albans there is plenty to explore, stretching from the pretty town of Harpenden in the north to the surprisingly green Bricket Wood in the south, including Bricket Wood Common which is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). The area offers a wealth of villages, good pubs, beautiful walks, historic churches and family attractions such as Shaw’s Corner and the de Havilland Aircraft Heritage Centre.
Harpenden, five miles north of St Albans, has a spacious High Street with interesting shops and a variety of pubs and restaurants and fine open spaces. Rothamsted Park hosts a variety of sporting activities and the Common features ponds, picnic areas and a nature trail. Harpenden’s Information Point is based at the Town Hall. The Harpenden Farmers’ Market takes place on the fourth Sunday of each month.
The name ‘Chiswell’ is derived from ‘chisel’, used in place names for gravel or shingle, both of which, over the centuries have been quarried from this area at least since Roman times. The hollows in St Julians Wood, Greenwood Park are reputedly the remains of a quarry. In the late nineteenth century the village consisted of a forge facing onto Watford Road and surrounding farmland. The old forge and 15th century house eventually became a public house around 1854 and is now known as The Three Hammers.
Park Street lies in the valley of the river Ver. Watling Street passes through it and it is also straddled by the ancient settlements of Colney Street and Frogmore. This ancient highway has been important since prehistoric times. The ancient mills of Park Street were at the centre of village life for nearly 800 years. The Park Street Mill was first mentioned in 1140 and has been rebuilt many times on the same site. The water wheel can still be seen in-situ.
The pretty village of Sandridge, with historic St Leonard’s Church, lies between St Albans and Wheathampstead. Around one mile to the north is Nomansland Common. This was one of the areas frequented by Lady Katherine Ferrers, the notorious ‘Wicked Lady’ highwaywoman who was to meet her end near this spot.
Bricket Wood is an ‘island’ community surrounded by green fields. In 1889 the Grays set up the famous Woodside Retreat Fairground within the village which was very popular attracting hordes of visitors to the village. In 1923 another fairground was set up called Joyland. The fairgrounds closed in 1929. In the 1930’s, the village became popular for naturism, with two sites still remaining today: Five Acres Country Club and Spielplatz.
London Colney to the south of the city lies on the old coaching route from London. The historic centre of the village is along the River Colne, which passes under the seven-arched bridge built by James Hill and Francis Carrack in 1775. The church and village green provide a peaceful setting in contrast to the nearby shopping centre.
Redbourn, named after the River Red, retains its country village atmosphere with shops and ancient pubs. Just behind the High Street lies the Common, site of Hertfordshire’s first recorded cricket match in 1666. The lovely old church of St Mary is set in picturesque Church End. Also the restored Redbournbury Watermill is open on selected days, with the chance to study the industrial heritage or take one of many walks in the surrounding countryside.
The surrounding countryside is idyllic and easy to explore. It abounds with well marked walks and bike rides and the Saxon and Roman heritage is apparent at every turn. The village boasts a great community spirit, and events to look out for, include the famous Wheathampstead 10K race on 20th May, the World Comes to Wheathampstead travel fair on 10th June and Wheathampstead Village Day on the 8th of July.
The George Redbourn
Wheathampstead Heritage Trail opened by Imelda Staunton and Jim Carter
Harpenden Town Sign
Picture House, Bricket Wood
London Colney Bridge
St Albans and the surrounding area offer an excellent range of places to eat and drink. With over 120 restaurants, bistros, coffee shops and a huge selection of pubs and inns within the city centre, daytime shoppers and night-time revellers are spoilt for choice. Whether it’s a special meal to remember, or somewhere to grab a quick bite to eat, St Albans City and District has something for everyone. Key to Restaurants: Average Price per head
£ = Under £10
££ = Between £10 - £20
£££ = Over £20
Charlies Chinese Restaurant
Centurion House, 136-142 London Road, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL5 BJ 01727 800033 www.chezmumtaj.com £££
50 Luton Rd, Kinsbourne Green, Harpenden, Herts, AL5 3NG. 01582 768858 www.charliesrestaurant.co.uk ££
5-6 Church Green, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 2TP 01582 769358 £££
61 Stanhope Rd, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 5BJ 01727 855564 www.chilliraj.com ££
Koh-i-noor Tandoori 8 George St, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL3 4ER 01727 855517/853602 ££
Mumtaj Tandoori 115 London Rd, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 1LR 01727 858399 ££
New Gulshan Tandoori 141 Victoria St, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 3TT 01727 830201/836654 ££
New Taj Mahal
30 Holywell Hill, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 1BZ 01727 839991 www.singhli.com ££
St. Albans Tandoori 44 - 46 St. Peters St, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 3NF 01727 838001 ££
The Spice Hut
Hong Shing Chinese Cuisine 5 Vaughan Rd, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 4HU 01582 763318 ££
Jade Garden 16-24 Spencer St, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL3 5EG 01727 856077/862635 www.thejadegarden.co.uk ££
The Peking Chinese Restaurant
Bar Espresso 159 Victoria St, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 3TA 01727 857300 www.barespresso.com £
Belvedere Italian Restaurant Ardmore House Hotel, 54 Lemsford Rd, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 3PR 01727 841444 £££
Carluccios 7 Christopher Place, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL3 5DQ 01727 837681 www.carluccios.com ££
Cibo Di Vino 4 - 5 Waddington Rd, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL3 5EX 01727 899189 £££
80 High St, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 2SP 01582 461282 firstname.lastname@example.org www.bangkoklounge.com ££
32 Station Rd, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 4SE 01582 460300 www.graffitirestaurant.com ££
99 St. Peters St, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 3EN 01727 841234 ££
Golden Elephant Thai Restaurant 43 High St, Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire, AL4 8BD 01582 833751/833004 ££
9 The Quadrant, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL4 9RA 01727 864338/865678 ££
1-2 Waxhouse Gate, 15 High St, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL3 4EW 01727 854843 ££
81 St Peter’s Street, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 3EG 01727 847070 www.veerdhara.uk.com ££
Pasta Cibo 2 Harding Parade, Station Rd, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 4SW 01582 760801 ££
Thai Rack 13 George St, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL3 4ER 01727 850055 www.thai-rack.co.uk £££
26 Holywell Hill, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 1BZ 01727 855449/835840 ££
2 Grove Rd, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 1PX 01582 467676 ££
3 French Row, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL3 5DU 01727 860609 www.litaliana.co.uk ££
15 Leyton Rd, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 2HX 01582 469007 www.prezzoplc.co.uk ££
149 Hatfield Rd, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 4LB 01727 838111 ££
Shapla Indian Restaurant
26a,27 & 28 George St, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL3 4ES 01727 893700 / 809219 www.thaisquare.net £££
12 Station Rd, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 4SE 01582 715280 ££ 23 George St, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL3 4ES 01727 812865 ££
Thai Kitchen at the Harpenden Arms 188 High St, Harpenden, Herts, AL5 2TR 01582 469692 ££
41 High St, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 2SD 01582 761807 ££
3-5 The Colonnade, Christopher Place, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL3 4DD 01727 859050 ££
Verdi’s Trattoria 1a Clarence Park, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 4NF 01727 845363 ££
Villani 4 Harding Parade, Station Rd, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 4SW 01582 769034 ££
Zaza 61 High St, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 2SL 01582 462555 www.zazarestaurant.co.uk ££
Zaza 5 High St, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL3 4ED 01727 812683 www.zazarestaurant.co.uk ££
Zizzi’s 20 High St, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL3 4EL 01727 850200/809219 www.zizzi.co.uk ££
22 Chequer St, St Albans, Herts, AL1 3YD 01727 221266 www.jamiesitalian.com, ££
62 Catherine St, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL3 5BU 01727 761568 email@example.com www.bar62.com ££
2 Marlborough Rd, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 3XQ 01727 855234 www.kamillos.co.uk, ££
La Cosa Nostra 62 Lattimore Rd, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 3XR 01727 832658 firstname.lastname@example.org ££
La Gondola Shenley Lane, London Colney, Hertfordshire, AL2 1LP 01727 823247 ££
Chequers Inn St. Albans Rd, Redbourn, Hertfordshire, AL3 7AD 01582 806848, ££
Colney Fox 1 Barnet Rd, London Colney, Hertfordshire, AL2 1BL 01727 823698 www.innkeeperslodge.com ££
The White Swan
That Little Place
46 Harpenden Rd, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL3 5AH 01727 855053 ££
1 Upper Dagnall St, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL3 5EA 01727 830611 £
5 Station Rd, Harpenden, AL5 4SA 01582 768925 www.thatlittleplace.co.uk ££
The Wicked Lady
The Black Lion Inn
King William IV (Ember Pub & Dining) 185 Sandridge Rd, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 4AH 01727 847630 ££
Lloyds Waterend Barn
14 Nomansland Common, Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire, AL4 8EL 01582 832128 ££
Redbourn Rd, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL3 6JZ 01727 855259 ££
O’Neills 11 - 13 Victoria St, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 3JJ 01727 834086 ££
Hotel Restaurants Bejerano’s Brasserie @ Sopwell House Hotel
145 Fishpool St, St Michaels, St Albans, Herts, AL3 4RY, 01727 855038 www.theblueanchorstalbans.co.uk ££
Cottonmill Lane, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 2HQ 01727 864477 email@example.com www.sopwellhouse.co.uk ££
Noke Restaurant @ Thistle Hotel
The Blue Anchor
11 High St, Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire, AL4 8BS 01582 833379 ££
The Cricketers East Common, Redbourn, Herts, AL3 7ND, 01582 620612 www.thecricketersofredbourn.co.uk ££
The Foragers The Verulam Arms, 41 Lower Dagnall Street, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL3 4QE 01727 833323 www.the-foragers.com ££
The Oak Tree 15 Leyton Green, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 2TG 01582 763850 £
The Old Bell 177 Luton Rd, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 3BN 01582 806907 ££
The Rose & Crown 24 High St, Sandridge , St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL4 9DA 01727 856462 £
The Rose & Crown 91 Southdown Rd, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 1PS 01582 713924 £
The Rose & Crown 10 St. Michaels St, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL3 4SG 01727 851903 £
The Silver Cup 5 St Albans Road, Harpenden, Herts. AL5 2JF 01582 713095 www.silvercup.co.uk ££
The Six Bells
Watford Rd, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL2 3DS 01727 854252 firstname.lastname@example.org www.thistlehotels.com £££
Oak & Avocado @ Thistle Hotel Watford Rd, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL2 3DS 01727 854252 email@example.com www.thistlehotels.com ££
Ryders Restaurant Comfort Hotel (Ryder House), Holywell Hill, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 1HG 01727 848849 ££
The Lake Restaurant, St. Michael’s Manor
Darcy’s 2 Hatfield Rd, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 3RP 01727 730777 www.darcysrestaurant.co.uk £££
16-18 St Michaels St, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL3 4SH 01727 856945 ££
52 - 56 Adelaide St, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL3 5BG 01727 811889 www.freddies.org.uk ££
The Spotted Bull
43 Verulam Rd, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL3 4DG 01727 830495 ££
9 Hatfield Rd, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 3RR 01727 854436 www.kashu.co.uk ££
Slug & Lettuce
13 - 15 Victoria St, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 5SD 01727 857494 £
Waxhouse Gate, High St, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL3 4EW 01727 851941 www.lussmanns.com £££
Ozone 22-23 The Maltings, St Albans, AL1 3HL 01727 841536 www.ozonecaferestaurant.co.uk ££
20a Leyton Rd, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 2HU 01582 460901 firstname.lastname@example.org www.thebeantree.com £££
2 Beaconsfield Rd, St. Albans, Hertfordshire AL1 3RD www.mayadining.co.uk 01727 800002 £££
3 High Street, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL3 4ED 01727 858587 email@example.com www.coterestaurants.co.uk £££
7 George St, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL3 4ER 01727 730888 www.albanyrestaurant.co.uk £££
1 Gatehouse, High St, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 2RS 01582 765714 ££
11-13 Verulam Rd, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL3 4DA 01727 853020 ££
3 Mill Walk, Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire, AL4 8DT 01582 831988 £££
The Cock Inn
Auberge Du Lac - Michelin Star Awarded
48 St. Peter’s St, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 3NF 01727 854816 firstname.lastname@example.org www.thecockinnstalbans.com ££
The Restaurant @Sopwell House Hotel
Modern European & English
62 High Street, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 2SP 01582 763975 www.okkacafe.co.uk ££
The Bean Tree
469 Luton Rd, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 3QE 01582 713817 £££
23/25 Holywell Hill, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 1EZ 01727 853624 www.whiteharthotel.org ££
29 Holywell Hill, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 1HD 01727 832777 www.caferouge.co.uk ££
Tudors at the White Hart
Mezbar 126 London Road, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 1PQ 01727 834403 ££
Fishpool St, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL3 4RY 01727 864444 email@example.com www.stmichaelsmanor.com £££ Cottonmill Lane, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 2HQ 01727 864477 firstname.lastname@example.org www.sopwellhouse.co.uk £££
1a Harding Parade, Station Rd, Harpenden, AL5 4SW 01582 460448 www.barazita.co.uk ££
The Garden House
Bar for Over-25s 26 Verulam Rd, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL3 4DE 01727 852287 ££ www.mokoko-bar.com
198 Fishpool St, St. Albans, AL3 4SB 01727 891040 www.theblacklioninn.com £££
Civic Centre, St. Peter’s St, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 3LE 01727 814100 ££ Smug Oak Lane, Bricket Wood, Hertfordshire, AL2 3PN 01727 875557 www.beefeatergrill.co.uk ££
Brocket Hall, Brocket Park, Welwyn Garden City, AL8 7XG 01707 368888 £££
Cafés Abigails Tearoom Village Arcade, 7 High Street, St. Albans, AL3 4ED 07970 219957
The Peahen Bar & Restaurant 14 London Rd, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 1NG 01727 853669 ££
The White Horse
39 Catherine St, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL3 5BJ 01727 855514
Hatching Green, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 2JP 01582 469290 email@example.com
Ye Olde Fighting Cocks 16 Abbey Mill Lane, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL3 4HE 01727 869152 ££
Bar Espresso 159 Victoria St, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 3TA 01727 857300
Barrissimo Caffé Italiano
28 St. Peter’s St, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 3NA 01727 869999
Bellaccino’s Coffee Shop
144 London Road, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 1PQ 01727 865009 ££
17 French Row, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL3 5DU 01727 868681
BHS Coffee House
6 Spencer St, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL3 5EG 01727 865009 ££
Wagamama Noodle Bar 9 Christopher Place, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL3 5DQ 01727 865122 www.wagamama.com ££
British Home Stores, St. Peter’s St, St. Albans, AL1 3DY 01727 853392
Café Alfresco 84 Victoria Street, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 3TJ 01727 858942
Starbucks Coffee Co.Ltd
Alban Arena, Civic Centre, St Peter’s St, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 3LD 01727 810384 www.cafenes.co.uk
11 High St, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL2 1RE 01727 835837
3a Canberra House, London Road, St Albans, Herts 01727 848565
Palm Café 33 Vesta Avenue, St Albans, Herts, AL1 2PG 01727 860602 www.palmsbeachcafe.com
28 Chequer Street, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 3YD 01727 836375
47 Hatfield Rd, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 4JE 01727 861492
Café Paprika 13 Catherine St, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL3 5BJ 01727 850271
Café Roma 79a St. Peter’s St, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 3EG 01727 837565
Carluccio’s 7 Christopher Place, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL3 5DQ 01727 837681 www.carluccios.com
Costa Coffee 5-6 The Maltings, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 3HS 01727 868938
Courtyard Café at the Yoga Hall 11 Hatfield Road, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 3RR 01727 868877
Inn on the Park Verulamium Park, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL3 4SN 01727 838246 www.inn-on-the-park.com
J K Palmers 13 High Street, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL3 4ED 01727 843555
Marks & Spencer 21 St. Peter’s St, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 3DP 01727 840935
1 Catherine St, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL3 5BJ 01727 840173
Capstan House, 182-4 Hatfield Road, St Albans, Herts 01727 811444
79 St. Peters Street, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 3EG 01727 855955
Ginger Indian/Fast Food 69 Hatfield Road, St Albans, Herts 01727 868100
1 Wycombe Place, Marshalswick, St Albans, Herts 01727 860846 www.poche.co.uk
Tea For Two Tearoom and Café
Rami Tandoori/Balti House
221a Hatfield Road, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 4TB 01727 760095
The Abbot’s Kitchen
22 Beech Road, St Albans, Herts 01727 838123
H & H Fried Chicken & Kebabs
The Chapter House, St Albans Cathedral, Sumpter Yard, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 1BY www.stalbanscathedral.org 01727 890214
155 Victoria Street, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 3TA 01727 766853
The Bakery Café
45 The Quadrant, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL4 9RB 01727 841934
150 London Road, St Albans, Herts 01727 853576
The Breakfast Club
Halema Tandoori Takeaway
62 Stanhope Road, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 5BL 01727 855466
256 Hatfield Road, St Albans, Herts 01727 830562
The Gingerbread Man
1a & 1b Vaughan Rd, Harpenden, Herts. AL5 4HU 01582 760749 www.thegbman.co.uk
10 High Oaks, New Greens, St Albans, Herts 01727 847293
The Secret Garden Café
9a George Street, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL3 4ER 01727 857035
The Shaken Cow Milkshake Bar and Café
The Merchant Tea & Coffee Company Town Hall, Market Place, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL3 5DJ 01727 861503
West Cornwall Pasty Co.
Jersey Farm Chinese
Bengal Spice 5b St Brelades Place, Jersey Farm, St Albans, Herts 01727 839058
8 St Brelades Place, Jersey Farm, St Albans, Herts 01727 812535
Nectar House Cafe @ Butterfly World Off Noke Lane, St Albans, Herts. AL3 3NY 01727 869203 www.butterflyworldproject.com
Olio & Farina Café Maltings Shopping Centre, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 3HL 01727 836644 www.olioefarina.com
Palms Café 33 Vesta Avenue, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 2PG 01727 860602 www.palmsbeachcafe.com
Rendezvous Sandwich Bar
Camp Fish & Chips 33 Sutton Road, St Albans, Herts 01727 868858
Cheong Chinese Takeaway 35 Vesta Avenue, St Julians, St Albans, Herts 01727 866976
Chinese Express 91 Hatfield Road, St Albans, Herts 01727 865888
6 Waddington Road, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL3 5EX 01727 899994
6 Albion Road, St Albans, Herts 01727 853280
Mobile Coffee Company, St Albans City Station www.sokocoffee.co.uk
7 The Quadrant, Marshalswick, St Albans, Herts 01727 858920
8 Beech Road, St Albans, Herts 01727 861188
Tops Pizza 128 London Road, St Albans, Herts 01727 836666/0800 474992
Whitecroft Fish Bar 46 New House Park, St Albans, Herts 01727 862278
Wong’s Fish & Chips 407 Hatfield Rd, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL4 0XP 01727 852040
24 Catherine Street, St Albans, Herts 01727 848131
Waterstones Books, 8 St Peter’s Street, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 3LF 01727 854300 94 London Road, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 1NX 01727 859233
The Master Fryer
Hong Kong House 122 London Road, St Albans, Herts 01727 810210
305 Watford Road, St Albans, Herts, 01727 848170
34 London Road, St Albans, Herts 01727 854875
17 High Street, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL3 4EH 01727 841274 5 Market Place, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL3 5DR 01727 856644
Po Che Chinese Takeaway
KFC Restaurant Marshalswick (Express), The Quadrant, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL4 9RA 01727 831692 Marmaris 126 London Rd, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 1PQ 01727 840382
Marshalswick Pizza/Kebab 35 The Quadrant, Marshalswick, St Albans, Herts 01727 810444
McDonalds Bell Lane, London Colney, Hertfordshire, AL2 1BX 01727 827948
BLUE ANCHOR Pub and Dining Rooms
AA rosette 2011 & 2012 and Michelin pub guide
Come and join us for
Wonderful locally sourced fresh food Relaxing bar Families and walkers welcome Pretty gardens overlooking park Car park Tel 01727855038 www.theblueanchorstalbans.co.uk 145 Fishpool St, St Albans, Herts, AL3 4RY
Unit 6 St. Albans Retail Park, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 2RJ 01727 864676
Other Restaurants Turkish Anatolia 93 Hatfield Rd, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 4JL 01727 846656 ££
American Billys Bar & Restaurant 72 High St, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 2SP 01582 766188 ££
Senior Citizens Jubilee Restaurant Jubilee Centre, Catherine St, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL3 5BS 01727 859184 £
Moroccan Little Marrakech
19 - 23 Chequer Street, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 3YJ 01727 861018 www.nandos.co.uk ££
Mexican Chiquito Restaurant & Bar North Orbital Rd, Watford, Hertfordshire, WD25 7HH 01923 682321 ££
Refectory Cross St. Centre Cross St, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL3 5EE 01727 846891 £
getting married or celebrating a family occasion?
31 Market Place, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL3 5DL 01727 853569/815144 www.littlemarrakech.co.uk ££
859 St. Albans Rd, Garston, Hertfordshire, WD25 0LH 01923 672310 ££
5 & 5b Verulam Rd, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL3 4DA 01727 799050 £££
Nandos St. Albans
Peri Peri Original 124 London Road, St Albans, Herts 01727 858128
Waffle House The Waffle House @ Kingsbury Watermill St. Michael’s St, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL3 4SJ 01727 853502 ££
A regularly updated list of places to eat and drink can be found on our website www.enjoystalbans.com
St AlbansTown Hall is a beautiful venue with excellent rates, suitable for all manner of events.
Tel: 01727 864511
This grade II listed landmark building was built in 1911 by Samuel Ryder, donor of Golf’s prestigious Ryder Cup, to house the business offices of his successful seed company. The hotel retains many original features including leaded light room screens, sweeping staircase and a magnificent mahogany and stained glass dome. Ryder’s original fireplace surround, complete with hand carved initials still stands in his private office which is now the principal meeting room. The Comfort Hotel St Albans is situated in the heart of St Albans historic City Centre, opposite the magnificent Abbey and close to excellent shopping, restaurants and traditional pubs. The M25 and M1 are just minutes away and central London can be reached within 25 minutes.
Tel 01727 848849 Fax 01727 812210
Our modern contemporary hotel has recently been redesigned to maximise comfort, offering 60 en-suite bedrooms with new bathrooms. New facilities also include Hypnos beds, 32-inch flat-screen televisions with Freeview, free high-speed internet access and there is ample free car parking for hotel guests too. The Hotel hosts three self contained Meeting and Conference rooms which can accommodate from two to 40 delegates. All rooms have air-conditioning and natural day light. Our stylish new restaurant is open for full English buffet breakfast service daily. We cater for private parties over the weekend and indeed during the week, for any event from company courses through to dinner parties, Christenings and any social event.
60 fully en-suite bedrooms with free parking and free high speed wi-fi to all guests staying at the hotel Meetings & Conferences - Private Dining Birthday Parties - Children’s Parties Christenings - Christmas Functions Launch Promotions Ryder House, Holywell Hill, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL1 1HG Tel: 01727 848849 Fax: 01727 812210 E.mail: firstname.lastname@example.org www.comforthotelstalbans.co.uk
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The same as self-catering with the added benefit of maid-service.
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Ratings Made Easy H Simple, practical, no frills H H Well presented and well run H H H Good level of quality and comfort
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Phone in rooms
Evening meals available
Tea/Coffee in rooms
Radio in rooms
Shaver point in rooms
Indoor swimming pool
Four poster bed
The AA’s rosette scheme is an award, not a classification. It is designed to assess the quality of the food served and is awarded annually on a rising scale of one to five.
Partial access/Facilities available
SP Special diets available
H H H H Excellent standard throughout H H H H H Exceptional with a degree of luxury
Awards - Gold, Silver and Red or Yellow Stars
Please note: The inclusion in this guide does not constitute a recommendation. Prices are a guideline and may be subject to revision. Please check room rates etc. at time of booking.
Outdoor swimming pool
Major credit cards accepted
On site parking
Meets basic access requirements
Guide dogs welcome
Vegetarian choice available
Children’s play area
Video or DVD
Completely no smoking
Hotels St Albans has many high quality attractions and the standard of its accommodation is no exception. Whether you want elegant luxury or a modest place to stay, St Albans and the surrounding area is sure to meet your needs.
St Michael’s Manor
Ardmore House Hotel
Comfort Hotel St Albans
VE HHHH SILVER AWARD AA HHHH
VE HHH AA HHH
Fishpool Street, St Albans, Herts. AL3 4RY
54 Lemsford Road, St Albans, Herts. AL1 3PR
Ryder House, Holywell Hill, St Albans, Herts. AL1 1HG
Tel: 01727 864444 E.mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.stmichaelsmanor.com
Tel: 01727 859313 E.mail: email@example.com Web: www.ardmorehousehotel.co.uk
Tel: 01727 848849 E.mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.comforthotelstalbans.co.uk
Single Rooms: Min Price £125, Max Price £140 Double/Twin Rooms: Min Price £140, Max Price £250 Suites x3: Min Price £245, Max Price £355 Bridal Suites: Min Price £290, Max Price £350
Single Rooms: 10, Min Price £63, Max Price £69.50 Double Rooms: 20, Min Price £75, Max Price £97 Twin Rooms: 7, Min Price £75, Max Price £97 Suites: 1, Min Price £95, Max Price £135 Honeymoon Suite: 1, Price £145 Family Room: 5, Min Price £107.50, Max Price £145 All rooms with en-suite facilities & include breakfast.
Single Occupancy: Min Price £79, Max Price £99 Double Rooms: 43, Min Price £79 Max £99 Twin Rooms: 17, Min Price £79, Max £95
All rooms with en-suite facilities & include breakfast. Weekend rates available.
All rooms with en-suite facilities. Weekend rates available from £74 B&B.
The Thistle Noke Hotel St Albans
Sopwell House Hotel, Country Club & Spa
Quality Hotel St Albans
White Hart Hotel
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Watford Road, St Albans, Herts. AL2 3DS
Cottonmill Lane, Sopwell, St Albans, Herts. AL1 2HQ
232 - 236 London Road, St Albans, Herts. AL1 1JQ
23-25 Holywell Hill, St Albans, AL1 1EZ
Tel: 01727 854252 E.mail: email@example.com Web: www.thistlehotels.com/st.albans
Tel: 01727 864477 E.mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.sopwellhouse.co.uk
Tel: 01727 857858 E.mail: email@example.com Web: www.stalbans-hotels.co.uk
Tel: 01727 853624 E.mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.whiteharthotel.org
Single Occupancy: Min Price £75, Max Price £130 Double/Twin Rooms: Min Price £75, Max Price £130 Triples: 4, Price on application Suites: 1, Min Price £125
Single Rooms: 5 Double/Twin Rooms: 95 Suites: 13 Apartments: 16
Single Rooms: 2, Price £69 Double Rooms: 10, Min Price £79, Max Price £89 Twin Rooms: 6, Min Price £79, Max Price £89 Family Rooms: 2, Min Price £89, Max Price £119
All rooms with en-suite facilities & include breakfast. Weekend rates available.
All rooms with en-suite, prices on application. Leisure Breaks available.
Single Rooms: 26, Min Price £50, Max Price £90 Double Rooms: 16, Min Price £70, Max Price £115 Executive Doubles: 26, Min Price £80 Max Price £130 Twin Rooms: 4, Min Price £70, Max Price £115 Honeymoon Suites: 1, Min Price £131, Max Price £131 Family Room: 8, Min Price £70, Max Price £125 All rooms with en-suite facilities. Weekend rates available.
All rooms with en-suite facilities. Weekend rates available.
Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf & Spa AA HHHHH The Mansion House, Luton Hoo, Beds. LU1 3TQ
Tel: 01582 734437 E.mail: email@example.com Web: www.lutonhoo.com
The Quality Hotel St Albans The Quality Hotel St Albans has expanded significantly in recent years and we are now delighted to offer: l
81 well appointed guest bedrooms including 28 with air-conditioning
Spacious & stylish Bar, Lounge & Restaurant facilities
5 Conference & Banqueting rooms all with air-conditioning, the perfect setting for any event from 2 – 200 guests l
Deluxe: 113 Executive: 59 Suites: 21 Mansion Rooms: 7 Mansion Suites: 28 All rooms with en-suite, prices on application.
Wireless high-speed Internet access in all areas
Location close to railway station and city centre
Large Free Car Park
Easy access from M25, M1, A1(M) & A414
Fully equipped Leisure Facility with Swimming Pool, Gym & Saunarium
FOR ALL YOUR HOSPITALITY NEEDS CONTACT US 234 London Road, St Albans, AL1 1JQ
Tel: 01727 857858 Fax: 01727 855666
e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org www.stalbans-hotels.co.uk
Ramada Hemel Hempstead
London Road, Markyate, Herts. AL3 8HH
Hemel Hempstead Road, Redbourn, Herts. AL3 7AF
Tel: 0871 9429281 E.mail: email@example.com Web: www.holidayinn.co.uk
Tel: 01582 792105 E.mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.ramadajarvis.co.ukk
Escape... Freedom... Private Pool. Yep, that’s what we can offer you here at Villa Plus, but that’s not all. Our affordable villas offer heated pools, air-con, table tennis and pool tables, barbecues and LOTS more. Over half of our villas are within walking distance of the beach and we have great in-resort service. Not that we’re boasting. Love holidays more.
Single Occupancy: Min Price £49, Max Price £140 Double Rooms: 88, Min Price £49, Max Price £140 Twin Rooms: 24, Min Price £49, Max Price £140 Executive Rooms: 12, Min Price £69 Max Price £160 Family Room: 4, Min Price £59, Max Price £140 All rooms with en-suite facilities
Double Rooms: 84, Min Price £65, Max Price £169 Twin Rooms: 43, Min Price £59, Max Price £169 Triple Rooms: 8, Min Price £59, Max Price £169 Large Family Rooms: 2, Min Price £71, Max Price £181 All rooms with en-suite facilities. Weekend rates available.
The Lower Red Lion RATING APPLIED FOR 36 Fishpool St, St Albans, Herts, AL3 4RX
Tel: 01727 855669 E.mail: email@example.com Web: www.lowerredlion.co.uk
Self Catering & Apartments St Albans’ self catering accommodation and choice for those who want flexibility to explore the city and surrounding areas.
The taste of real ale, wooden beams and log fires - staying in a local inn is sure to make your stay a special one. St Albans and the surrounding area offers unique and comfortable historic inns to visitors who long for old world charm.
Home from Holme VE HHHH 34 Chime Square, St Albans, Herts. AL3 5JZ
Tel: 01727 765756 Mobile: 07971 260758 E.mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.homefromholme.com
4 to 5 Apartments Each sleeps 2-4 people from £645 pw P
Single Room: 1, Min Price £35 Twin Rooms: 4, Min Price £50, Max Price £65 Twin Rooms: 1 En-suite, Min Price £60, Max Price £70 Family Room: 1 En-suite, Min Price £60, Max Price £80
High Meadows VE HHH 32 Lancaster Road, St Albans, Herts. AL1 4ET
Tel: 01727 865092 E.mail: email@example.com Web: www.akomodation.co.uk
The Silver Cup
The Black Lion Inn
The Straw House
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5 St Albans Road, Harpenden, Herts. AL5 2JF
198 Fishpool Street, St Albans, Herts, AL3 4SB
1a Spicer Street, St Albans, Herts. AL3 4PH
Tel: 01582 713095 E.mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.silvercup.co.uk
Tel: 01727 848644 E.mail: email@example.com Web: www.theblacklioninn.com
Tel: 01727 810673/07966 581333 E.mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.strawhousestalbans.co.uk
Self-contained 1 double room and, 1 double bed settee in lounge Min Price From £440 pw P
Silver Lining Accommodation VE HHH 349 Watford Road, St Albans, Herts, AL2 3DB
Tel: 01727 844404 Mobile: 07966 018538 E.mail: email@example.com Web: www.silverliningaccommodation.co.uk
Single Rooms: 1 En-Suite, Price £75 Twin/Double Rooms: 5 En-Suite, Price £95 Triple Room: Min Price £75, Max £130
Single Room: 4, Min Price £55, Ensuite £67 Double Rooms: 12, Min Price £65, Ensuite £75 Family Room: 1 En-suite, Min Price £90 Ground Floor Room available for wheelchair access Breakfast: Continental: £4.95, Full English: £9.95
5 Apartments 3 two-bed, two-bath apartments from £824 per week 2 one-bed apartments, from £714 per week
Self-contained Rooms: Sleeps 1-2 people. Price: £60 per night, minimum of 3 nights.
Accommodation If you want a family run bed and breakfast, St Albans offers a complete range of accommodation to suit requirements and budgets.
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Tankerfield House, 1 Romeland Hill, St Albans, Herts, AL3 4ET
Fern Cottage, 116 Old London Road, St Albans, Herts. AL1 1PU
Oaktree House, 512 Hatfield Road, St Albans, Herts. AL4 0SX
Tel: 01727 812337 E.mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.tankerfieldhouse.co.uk
Tel: 01727 834200 E.mail: email@example.com Web: www.ferncottage.uk.net
Tel: 01727 857521 Mobile: 07985 015436
Red Room, Green Suite and Red Room available. Single occupancy from £50. Double occupancy from £60. Discounted rates for longer-term stays.
Single Occupancy: Min Price £40, Max Price £50 Double Rooms: 2 En-Suite, Min Price £50, Max Price £65 Twin Rooms: 1 En-Suite, Min Price £50, Max Price £65
Single Rooms: 2, Min Price £30, Max Price £35 Double Rooms: 1 Min Price £48, Max Price £48 Twin Rooms: Min Price £48, Max Price £48 Breakfast extra - £5 per person per night P
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Greens, 56 Sandpit Lane, St Albans, Herts. AL1 4BW
Tresco House, 76 Clarence Road, St Albans, Herts. AL1 4NG
Park House, 30 The Park, St Albans, Herts, AL1 4RY
Tel: 01727 856799 E.mail: Yvonnegreen@talktalk.net Web: www.thegreensguesthouse.talktalk.net
Tel: 01727 864880 E.mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.trescohouse.co.uk
Tel: 01727 811910 Mobile: 07753 844675 Website: www.parkhouseonline.co.uk E.mail: email@example.com
Single Rooms: 1, Min Price £38, Max Price £40 Single en-suite: 1, Min Price £45, Max Price £60 Double/twin : 1, Min Price £50, Max Price £55 Double en-suite: Min Price £55, Max Price £60
Single Rooms: 1, Min Price £38, Max Price £42 Twin Rooms: 1, Min Price £58, Max Price £62
Single rooms: £35 Double/twin rooms: Min Price £55, Max Price £60 Double/twin rooms with ensuite: Min Price £60, Max Price £65
Bed & Breakfast St Albans
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13 Windermere Avenue, St Albans, AL1 5QW
178 London Road, St Albans, Herts. AL1 1PL
2 The Limes, Spencer Gate, St Albans, Herts. AL1 4AT
Tel: 07870 432056 E.mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.bbstalbans.com
Tel: 01727 846726 Mobile: 07778 380874 E.mail: email@example.com Web: www.178londonroad.co.uk
The White House, 28 Salisbury Avenue, St Albans, Herts. AL1 4TU
Tel: 01727 861017 Web: www.178londonroad.co.uk
Tel: 01727 831080 E.mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Double Rooms: 2, Price £50 £65 with breakfast. Discounted rates for longer-term stays.
Single Rooms: Min Price £40, Max Price £45 Double Rooms: 1, Min Price £50, Max Price £65 Twin Rooms: 1, Min Price £50, Max Price £65
Single Rooms: 1, Min Price £30, Max Price £40 Twin Rooms: 2, Min Price £55, Max Price £65 Breakfast extra.
Single Rooms: 1, Min Price £25, Max Price £28 Twin Rooms: 1, Min Price £50, Max Price £56
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Fleuchary House, 29 Upper Lattimore Road, St Albans. AL1 3UA
Braemar House, 89 Salisbury Avenue, St Albans, Herts. AL1 4TY
5 Approach Road, St Albans, Herts. AL1 1SP
Tel: 01727 766764 Mobile: 07973 423635 E.mail: email@example.com Web: www.29stalbans.com
Tel: 01727 839641 E.mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.braemar-st-albans.co.uk
All accommodation listings have a postcode. Use the postcode on your Sat Nav or on www.streetmap.co.uk to find the exact location of your choice.
Tel: 07944 837533 E.mail: email@example.com
Single occupancy: En-Suite, Min £45 Double Rooms: 2 En-Suite, Min £65 Twin Rooms: 2 En-Suite, Min £65 Family Rooms: En-Suite, Min £75
Double Rooms: 2 En-Suite, Min Price £55, Max Price £65 Twin Rooms: 1, Min Price £55, Max Price £65 Single Occupancy: minimum price £35, max price £40 P V
Single Rooms: 2, Min Price £25, Max Price £30 Double Rooms: 1, £50 Includes continental breakfast.
Booking Your Accommodation Please visit the Tourist & Information Centre or telephone 01727 864511 for assistance with your accommodation booking.
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ST. ALBANS City and District of St Albans Tour Guide Walks 2012 The City and District of St Albans Tour Guides were founded in 1964. A training programme is undertaken by the guides, covering both historical knowledge and practical guiding techniques, and most Guides are also professionally qualified as Blue Badge or Green Badge Guides. They run a year-round programme of walks here in St Albans, which are always hugely popular. For full details and a brochure of the year’s programme, please pop into the Tourist Information Centre or call them on 01727 864511. Here are a couple of examples here of what’s in store this year, just a few of the many walks available.
Aristocrats,Paupers & Philanthropists This enjoyable stroll round the St Peter’s area features the great and the (sometimes!) good of St Albans and the various buildings and charitable institutions they generously gave to the city. Their stories are all quite fascinating - but then some WERE among the most powerful people in the Kingdom!
Ghostly Goings-On An extremely popular and atmospheric walk with tales of some of the many ghosts that haunt St Albans. Need we say more? Join us if you dare! Ghost walks take place in the winter months only. Not suitable for very young children.
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Local crimes ranged from murder in the Cathedral to theft worth two pence, and the punishments were often disproportionately harsh. This walk will take in the 1831 Courtroom and cells beneath and two buildings that were prisons in former times, and points out such niceties as the pillory and the stocks. Not for the faint-hearted.
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This walk tells the story of Verulamium and includes a visit to the Hypocaust mosaic in Verulamium Park and the Roman theatre one of the finest in Britain. The charge for the walk includes the entrance fee to the Roman Theatre.
Walks start outside the Old Town Hall (outside Merchant Tea & Coffee). Tickets can be obtained from the Tourist Information Centre in the Market Place or from the guide on duty. Walks take from 1-1.5 hours. Tickets cost £4 for adults, £2 for children (5 -15 years). Halloween ghost walks go on sale on 1st September and MUST be pre-booked. For St Albans Halloween walks contact the TIC in St Albans on 01727 864511. For Harpenden Halloween walks contact Harpenden Town Hall on 01582 768278.
Full details of our programme can be found on our website
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The Tourist & Information Centre is centrally located in the town centre in the elegant Georgian Town Hall. Our friendly and knowledgeable team are here to help you make the most of your visit. We can provide you with all you need to know about where to stay, where to eat, what to do and how to get there.
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Although St Albans is a historic city on a hill this need not deter the disabled visitor. Its major tourist attractions, the Cathedral and the Verulamium Museum, are accessible by wheelchair and adapted for those with restricted mobility. Many restaurants and shops have disabled access and there is a Shopmobility scheme at the Drovers Way Car Park.
n National Express and Eurolines coach bookings n National rail tickets, including a special
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n London Attractions information n Day excursions n Quality gifts, souvenirs, guide books, maps and postcards
The District Council Office textphone number is 01727 819570. This service is for customers with a hearing impairment. For fuller details about disability access, including car parking, we suggest you consult the DisabledGo website www.disabledgo.info or telephone the St Albans District Council’s Tourist & Information Service 01727 864511 when planning your visit. Please also contact St Albans District Council about parking arrangements in advance if you are planning a group visit by minibus. SEE PAGE 23 FOR DISABLED PARKING
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The Tourist & Information Centre, in the Old Town Hall, Market Place.
Harpenden Information Point Located at Harpenden Town Hall off Leyton Road, Harpenden, the Information Point has a selection of information regarding hotels and attractions in the local area.
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Opening Hours Monday to Saturday: 1000 - 1630 hrs Sunday*: Open for special events only NB* please check Sunday dates and times before you travel Bank Holidays: Closed
Monday to Friday: 1000 - 1600 hrs
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Useful Contact Numbers Shopping Boots the Chemist Christopher Place Maltings Shopping Centre Markets Marks and Spencer
Transport and Shopmobility 01727 867173 01727 894791 01727 844226 01727 836781 01727 840935
Bus Information: (Intalink) Green Line: National Express National Rail Enquiries Parking Shop Shopmobility
01727 844488 01727 857861 01727 844250 01438 737333
Attractions, Leisure and Sport Alban Arena Abbey Theatre Batchwood Golf and Tennis Centre Central Library Cathedral & Abbey Church of St Alban Harpenden Leisure Centre Harpenden Swimming pool Maltings Arts Theatre Museum of St Albans St Albans Festival Verulamium Museum Westminster Lodge Leisure Centre
01727 860780 01582 767722 01582 460683 01727 844222 01727 819340 01727 864511 01727 751810 01727 846031
0871 2002233 0870 6087261 08717 818181 08457 484950 0845 6017803 01727 819339
St Albans City & District Council St Albans Fire Station St Albans Police Station Tourist & Information Centre Harpenden Public Halls Harpenden Town Council Hospital (St Albans) Refuse Collection
01727 866100 01727 818918 01727 796000 01727 864511 01582 762880 01582 768278 01727 866122 01727 819285
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4 Redbourn Village Museum 5 Rothamsted Park 6 Royal National Rose Society Gardens 7 The de Havilland Aircraft Centre 8 Willows Farm Village
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Abbey Gateway Abbey Theatre Alban Arena Cathedral Christopher Place Civic Centre Clarence Park Clock Tower Hypocaust Maltings Arts Theatre/Library
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Maltings Shopping Centre Museum of St Albans Police Station Roman Theatre St Albans South Signal Box Verulamium Museum Verulamium Park Vintry Gardens Westminster Lodge Leisure Centre Ye Olde Fighting Cocks Inn
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Both London Luton and Gatwick airports are directly linked to St Albans by rail. Stansted and Heathrow airports are also easily accessible.
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London’s St Pancras International Station is only 20 minutes away from St Albans on the First Capital Connect line and there are frequent services throughout the day and night. The rail service also connects St Albans to Luton, London Luton airport and Bedford in the north, and Gatwick airport and Brighton heading south. You can now travel to St Albans from over 100 destinations across France, Belgium and the Netherlands via the St. Pancras International station on the Eurostar. St Albans is also connected to Watford via the Abbey Line. This extra link to London Euston also connects St Albans to the North London Line and the West Coast mainline.
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St Albans is well connected on the local bus network with services from North London, Welwyn Garden City, Hatfield, Luton and Watford. The Green Line 724 service links St Albans with Heathrow airport and West London, Harlow and Essex. National Express coaches provide services that link the neighbouring towns of Hatfield and Hemel Hempstead with Stansted, Heathrow, Luton, Gatwick, Oxford and Cambridge.
Close to the M1, A1(M) and M25 (junctions 21A and 22), St Albans is easily accessible from all parts of the UK. See map below.
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St Albans City Hospital
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Gorhambury and Roman Theatre
St Albans is well positioned being just north of London with easy access from the M1, A1 and M25. There are direct coach and bus links to London and the surrounding area, and there are several airports within easy reach. For more details of how to get to St Albans see below.
Ardmore House Hotel AND THE
The Ardmore House Hotel, a charming country house style hotel, which has been tastefully converted to provide a relaxing atmosphere and comfortable accommodation. Overlooking its splendid landscaped gardens, right in the heart of St Albans. l
40 En-suite bedrooms
10 minute walk from station
Beautiful landscaped gardens
Own car park
Belvedere Restaurant The Ardmore House Hotel offers superb dining facilities in its contemporary elegant restaurant. Our chef will create a tailor made menu for your event complemented by a selection of wines. 54 Lemsford Road, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 3PR Hotel: 01727 859313 Restaurant: 01727 841444
Lunch Tuesday - Friday l Dinner Monday - Saturday l Sunday lunch to the sound of piano. l
Please visit our website for full details on accommodation, events and dining.
St Albans stands out as a unique ‘must see’ destination with a colourful history that will keep you enthralled. With high class attractions,...