St Albans

The City

About St Albans

St Albans is a city in Hertfordshire, England, and the major urban area in the City and District of St Albans. It lies about 19 miles (31 km) north-northwest of London. It is a historic market town and within the London commuter belt and the Greater London Built-up Area.

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

Brief Story of St Alban

St Albans takes its name from the first British saint, Alban, Around the year 250, a Christian priest traditionally called Amphibalus was on the run from his persecutors and sought shelter with Alban, a citizen of Verulamium.

Before long the authorities came to arrest the fugitive priest. But Alban, inspired by his new-found faith, exchanged clothes with Amphibalus, allowing him to escape. Instead Alban was arrested and brought before the city magistrate. Alban refused to sacrifice to the emperor and the Roman gods. When asked to identify himself he declared: ‘I am called Alban and I worship and adore the true and living God, who created all things’.

The magistrate ordered that Alban should receive the punishment due to the priest. He was brought out of the town and up the hillside to the site of execution where he was beheaded. Despite escaping, Amphibalus too was later arrested and martyred at Redbourn, a few miles away.

Alban was probably buried in the Roman cemetery now located by modern archaeological digs to the south of the present Cathedral. Alban is honoured as the first British martyr, and his grave on this hillside quickly became a place of pilgrimage.

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St Albans Traditional Street Market

The market is steeped in History with a special Royal Charter granted in 1553. However, the market is well documented as far back as the 9th century. The current day market is firmly established in the city centre and runs the length of St Peters Street offering an excellent shopping experience to complement the established retail store.


St Albans is well served by public transport. We will provides further information to help you discover and use your local public transport facilities.

St Albans City Centre is well connected on the local bus network with services from North London, Welwyn Garden City, Hatfield, Luton and Watford, as well as routes to the city’s suburbs and outlying shopping areas.

For further information about individual bus routes please visit the

St Albans City station is just 20 minutes away from London’s St Pancras International Station on the Thameslink train line.

The line connects St Albans to a variety of other London underground stations including West Hampstead (Jubilee Line), Kentish Town (northern line) and Farringdon (Metropolitan, Circle, Hammersmith & City lines). There are also frequent services throughout the day and night, between St Albans and Gatwick airport (1 hour 15 mins), Brighton (2 hours), Bedford, and London Luton Airport. You can connect with London Overground ‘s North London Line at West Hampstead Thameslink station.

In addition to the main rail station, St Albans is also served by the Abbey Line, which connects St Albans to Watford For further information on rail services please visit the

The Eurostar service runs from St Pancras International, connecting St Albans to over 100 destinations across France, Belgium and the Netherlands.

Both London Luton airport and Gatwick airport are directly linked to St Albans on the Bedford-Brighton railway route. There is a shuttle bus from London Luton airport to Luton Airport Parkway railway station, and inclusive tickets can be purchased online, at the airport terminal, or on the shuttle bus. There is also a helpful journey planner on the National Rail Enquiries website.

Stansted Airport is less than 40 miles away via the M11 and M25 motorways, or by National Express coach from Stansted to nearby Hatfield, which is a short bus or taxi ride from St Albans.

Heathrow Airport is also easily accessible. There is a direct bus link, service 724, from Heathrow to St Albans.

National Express coaches also provide services that link the neighbouring towns of Hatfield and Hemel Hempstead with London Stansted airport, London Heathrow airport, Luton, London Gatwick airport, Oxford and Cambridge.

Luton airport, an international airport with cheap flights to most cities in Europe, is only 25 minutes by bus/ car and 15min by train.