St. Albans town guide
St. Albans,once the ancient Roman city of Verulamium, is full of narrow twisting hilly streets. It was once one of the most important Roman towns in the country.
St.Alban's Abbey, was built on the site where the first British martyr, Alban, was beheaded in the fourth century. The early 15th. Century clock tower facing the High Street has an even older bell, which still strikes on the hour. The tower, open to the public, gives a splendid view of the Abbey and the surrounding countryside.
The Market Place and the Town Hall with its pillared front are a wonderful setting for the open-air market along the High Street.
Even though St. Albans now acts mainly as a commuter town for London, it still retains all the charms of former times. Nearby is Harpenden and Luton Airport is just a little further north. There are many lovely villages around- one of the most famous is St. Paul's Walden Bury - birthplace of the Queen Mother.
A car rental from here will allow you access to the lovely Dunstable Downs, famous for the Zoo and the gliding, which takes place above the escarpments. A lovely place for a picnic on a summer's day!