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St Albans is home to the campaign for real ale (CAMRA) and allegedly has more pubs per head than anywhere else in the universe!
The Goat, The Garibaldi, Ye Old Fighting Male Hens(text censor!!), Fleur De Lys, White Hart Tap,Spotted Bull, The Lower Red Lion - all of these are traditional pubs, not theme bars of which St Albans also has plenty!
If you visit St Albans, you have to visit a Pub at least once! CAMRA members can normally be spotted by the long beard and pint of odd looking warm brown beer, called something like Old Sprogster!
Sadly, St Albans does not have the vibrant live music scene that it had a few years ago. The main live venue now is the
Horn Reborn in Victoria Street, near the station. Mainly seems to have cover bands, with cliche names like UnLedded Zepplin or U3! Still it's a good small venue and does have the occasional gem. Also occasionally a good live band can be found at the
Alban Arena, in the town centre
Verulamium Museum and Roman Town
Verulamium Museum is on the site of one the major cities of Roman Britain, now an attractive park. Inside there are recreated Roman rooms, hands-on 'discovery areas', an introductory video, touch-screen databases and some of the finest Roman mosaics and wall plasters outside the Mediterranean. Every second weekend in the month, re-enactors demonstrate the tactics and equipment of the Roman army.
Except for pieces of burnt pottery, there is little, if any, evidence of the Boudican attack on Verulamium. What can be seen is the rebuilding that occurred afterwards, including walls up to 3.7 metres (12 feet) high and the only Roman theatre in Britain.
St Michael's Street, St Albans, Hertfordshire, tel: 01727 751 810. By car: 10-minute drive from junction 21A on the M25 or junctions 9, 7 or 6 on the M1 (follow signs for St Albans and Roman Verulamium). By bus: take the No. 300 from the city centre. By rail: St Albans City Station (Thameslink) from King's Cross, then bus or taxi; St Albans Abbey Station (Silverlink) from Euston/Watford, then bus, taxi or a 20-minute walk through Verulamium park Taxi service provider by St albans Drivr http://www.stalbansdrivr.uk .
St Albans Street Market - Wednesdays & Saturdays. St Albans Market has a rich variety of stalls and goods, and has a unique character.
The street markets do cause considerable traffic disruption in the town centre on market days. Parking is best in the multi-story parks. If you use the street bays read the associated signs carefully for limitations and make sure that you use the correct ticket machine for that area.
Verulamium Park, set in over 100 acres of parkland, is very pretty in the summer and contains a theatre, swimming pool, athletics track, football pitches, tennis courts and a large ornamental lake. It is ringed by several pubs to ease the walk!
St Albans Abbey
The magnificent Abbey Church dominates the city's skyline on every main 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 attracted pilgrims from far and wide and contributed to the growth of the city. The Norman church replaced the Saxon monastery and the Victorian restoration began in 1832. Though controversial, Lord Grimthorpe's restoration works in the 1880's ensured the Cathedral's survival.
Today, the Cathedral is a busy centre for church, cultural and civic events and is the mother church of the Diocese of St Albans serving Bedfordshire, Luton, Hertfordshire and part of the London Borough of Barnet.
Cathedral facilities include a visitor centre and refectory, guided tours, induction loop, braille guides and special toilets for the disabled.
The Clock Tower
Built between 1403 and 1412 the Clock Tower is one of only two medieval belfries in England. Giving fine views of the Abbey, Roman Verulamium and the City, the tower with its fine bell has survived almost 600 years of use.
The Clock Tower was a political statement, enabling the town to sounds 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 War of the Roses in 1455.
The Clock Tower is owned by the District Council. It is opened by volunteers of the joint Clock Tower Committee of the St Albans Civic Society and the St Albans and Hertfordshire Architectural and Archaeological Society.