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St Albans Cathedral
Ranked #1 of 49 things to do in St Albans
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Owner description: St Albans Cathedral is the oldest site of continuous Christian worship in Britain. It stands over the place where Alban, the first martyr, was buried after giving his life for his faith over 1700 years ago.The building itself is a blend of architectural styles spanning a millennia and contains recycled Roman bricks from Verulamium. Of special interest are the 13th century wall paintings, a rare watching loft and the shrines of Saint Alban and Amphibalus, the priest who converted Alban to Christianity.
Reviewed 31 July 2014

Loved the unique architecture and the small pockets of historical interest. Whether or not one is religious, you cannot hep but feel the awe of this place. I love the fact that you can take photos, that there is a sense of this place being for everyone.

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Reviewed 28 July 2014

The catheral has a construction and maintenance history a bit like Swamp Castle from Monty Python and the Holy Grail - things weren't fully funded and therefore left incomplete, or things fell down, and repairs weren't funded and left incomplete and finally Henry the 8th arrives and most of the site is cleared during the Dissolution of the Monastries.

This place is not simply a history of a Christian holy site but it is also a history of the local English people - you can read their graffitti scratched into many of the pillars, and some of it is really old.

There is a right old mix of styles - look at the way that the ceiling changes from one end to the other, or the way that one side has round arches and the other has pointed Norman arches. The wall paintings are quite beautiful too, and rather well preserved.

Take a walk outside and see that mix in the fabric of the structure and the different buttresses.

This is a building that seems to have been constructed by several architects along the lines of "yes, but my vision of the place will look really good when it's finished"

You can see where the Roman town of Verulam was pillaged for brick and stone - it's in the walls.

I do have some criticisms - I'm aware that there are documents that detail the relationship between the Cathedral as landlord and the tenants. I think Michael Wood did a documentary on it - that would have been nice to see. Equally, the Crypt is not accessible, because apparently there is nothing to see and it's all meeting rooms. Also, t would be great to go up to the top of the main tower. Finally, the size of the Cathedral grounds could be demonstrated by having some signs to show where particular buildings were.

I found some further explanatory bits and bobs at the St Albans Museum - they should have been at the Cathedral too.

Thank Paul B
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Reviewed 28 July 2014

The visiting choir were excellent, the cathedral was cool and welcoming and the tea in the café was lovely, particularly the cake.

Thank WagglerTango
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Reviewed 27 July 2014

Lovely area and beautiful park. Nice to wonder around lake and park as well as town . Market worth going to.

Thank Deborah S
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Reviewed 26 July 2014

St.Albans Cathedral and City of St.Albans is a lovely place to visit as it is such a short train trip from London (around 30 min). The architecture of the cathedral is majestic though it is a mix of different styles but this is something that makes it interesting. The shrine to St.Albans is magnificent. The acoustics in the Abbey is unbelievable, so you can enjoy beautiful organ music and admire the Cathedral choir, if they have a performance or a rehearsal. We we were lucky to listen to their rehearsal of Rachmaninov's Vespers and it was wonderful.
The stain glass windows are meticulously restored and are very colorful, especially on a bright sunny day.
We loved the Abbey grounds - what a beautiful place to relax, admire the magnificent cathedral exterior and maybe have a picnic.
I would suggest to go to St.Albans, if it is not your first trip to London and you have time: very nice and easy day trip.

Thank Noraatc
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