St Albans is a city steeped in history, previously being the Roman city of Verulamium, and has many historical sites and buildings to visit, including the city’s cathedral, as well as interesting museums. For an evening of entertainment, the Alban Arena is host to a large range of performances and events including opera, drama, comedy, drama and kid’s shows, and the Maltings Arts Theatre has a variety of music, such as jazz, folk and opera, as well as drama and other shows. If you’re eating out, then there are restaurants with menus from around the world, ranging from Thai to Greek, and from Moroccan to French, and an assortment of pubs and bars if you’re spending the night out.
If you’re planning a shopping trip, the city provides everything you’ll need, and includes the Maltings Shopping Centre with its large and varied selection of stores, and the traditional street market, popular in the city for hundreds of years. The nearest airports for international flights are Luton Airport and Heathrow Airport, and the city is host to a number of business conference venues, such as those at Sopwell House and the Quality Hotel St Albans.
St Albans Car Hire
Wherever you are in St Albans, it’s guaranteed that you’ll to get a car from one of the leading suppliers who provide St Albans car hire services, you can choose from many of the suppliers including Avis, Enterprise, Europcar, Firefly, Hertz, InterRent, Sixt and others.
Here are some ideas for places to visit during your trip to St Albans:
An enjoyable visit would be to this 18th century stately home which is Grade II listed and has elegant Neo-Palladian architecture, built by acclaimed architect Sir Robert Taylor. You can enjoy a tour around the house to see such features as the spiral staircase and grand hall, impressive fireplaces and family portraits.
St Albans Cathedral
This splendid Cathedral was built on the site where St Alban, whom the city was named after, was beheaded in the 3rd century by the Romans for his Christian beliefs. You can visit this Cathedral with its great Norman Tower and stunning interior with features including ornate fan vaulting, the Lady Chapel with its Gothic decoration, intricately carved Wallingford Screen with its many statues, together with the Shrine of St Alban which pilgrims still visit today.
Here you can see numerous species of butterflies of all sizes and colours in the Tropical Butterfly House, and learn all about their life cycles and habitats. In the insect study centre you can see many fascinating insects up close and get to handle some of them, and enjoy the attractive colourful gardens and meadows, and there’s also has a fun play area for children.
At this Museum you can see engrossing collections of exhibits from the city of Verulamium, including recreations of Roman rooms where you can see how people lived in ancient Roman Britain. Exhibits include mosaics, wall plasters, pottery, coins and tools, and there are interesting sessions explaining the military tactics and weaponry of the Romans.
de Havilland Aircraft Museum
Here visitors can view a range of aircraft and aviation exhibits, such as the World War II Mosquito prototype, and other de Havilland aircraft, including the Vampire and Tiger Moth, along with exhibits such as engines and missiles, and you can learn all the about the history of the exhibits.
This working watermill dating from the 1700’s makes an interesting visit, where you can watch demonstrations showing how they produce stone ground flour, and buy some for yourself. The watermill is set in attractive, relaxing surroundings with the river and meadows, along with the abundant wildlife of the area.
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