Clarion Collection Hotel St. Albans
Ryder House 27 Holywell Hill
St. Albans, EN AL1 1HG
Phone: (44) 1727 848849
Fax: (44) 1727 812210
Ryder House 27 Holywell Hill, St. Albans, EN, GB, AL1 1HG
- Phone: (44) 1727 848849
- Fax: (44) 1727 812210
Saint Albans Cathedral, officially known as The Cathedral and Abbey Church of Saint Alban, dates back to the early Norman times. This magnificent edifice boasts of a nave of 84.1248 meters (276 feet)! It is the second largest cathedral in all of United Kingdom. In spite of several renovations in the past, the cathedral still holds its ancient charm with its rich decor and beautiful facade. Several locals as well as tourists come here quite often to appreciate its architecture as well as to attend the various religious concerts and events that take place here. Check website for details.
St Peter's Church, Albans is believed to have originated before 1000 CE. The ancient stone-walled church building boasts of relics from the past such as intricate woodwork, sculptures, brasses and glass paintings. It is renowned for hosting concerts with orchestra and organ music. It has a number of activities like book clubs, prayer groups and dancing for adults and children alike. The church building and gardens are a popular venue for weddings due to its exquisite architecture and the surrounding natural beauty.
In the Verulamium Park, you can run along trails or sit on benches and gaze at pristine lawns, meadows and lakes. The lush green foliage quickly changes to a ripe golden in autumn. Kids will delight in the ducks, herons and a variety of butterflies. There's a golf course, swimming pools, gyms and picnic spots. A large cathedral and the Verulamium Museum are located nearby.
Kingsbury Barn is a historic shack or farmyard, built in 1374. The restored building is constructed of hay and exquisite wood paneling, retaining its ancient Roman architectural elements. It holds a number of events like concerts, festivals, bonsai and art exhibitions. The beauty of the exhibits is enhanced due to the natural interiors of the farmhouse.
The Roman Theatre of Verulamium is an excavated discovery that attracts many visitors today as a theater in ruins. The ancient theater was first discovered in 1847 but it was not until 1930 when it was fully excavated. The theater was built in 140 A.D and has unearthed with it a deep history. It is known to be unique for having a stage rather than an amphitheater. With a capacity of 2000 spectators, events here included beast shows, dancing and other combating events. The remains of the stage and the columns are intact and very intriguing. Call ahead for more details.
Harefield Common is a popular park that is visited by many locals to unwind and relax apart from being a venue for many community and local events.
A parish of St Lawrence in Abbots Langley, the Church of the Ascension is standing firm on its ground since 1880. Constructed with a simple architectural style, the church has been preserved and maintained well. Regular services take place in the building even today. Call ahead for more details.
A "Green Flag" award winner in 2007, Harpenden Common is a lush-green area smothered with natural beauty. In this vast area, you'll find the famous Harpenden Common Golf Club, a couple of renowned cricket clubs and a football club too. Adding to this spot are the rambling paths and bridle ways for horse-riding. Bird-watching is another activity people drop by here for. The place is well-maintained by the Harpenden Town Council.
The picturesque Walled Garden hosts a number of plays and concerts in the amphitheater. Not only that but they are also available for corporate and private hire for events such as weddings, parties, filming and business fun days. The two marquee lawns along with the terraced gardens are a perfect remedy for sore eyes.
The High Street Methodist Church welcomes one and all to offer prayers. Established in 1930, the church hosts a number of activities for community development such as parent and toddler groups and youth fellowships. It publishes weekly newsletters to keep parishioners abreast of the latest church happenings. A coffeehouse is present on site.
St. Nicholas' Church is part of the Parish of Harpenden along with two sister churches. The building is a medieval stone structure and worth a visit for intricate architectural details, manicured lawns and quaint tombstones. A tower with eight historic bells is a noteworthy feature. The Church is dedicated to the service of God and hosts regular choirs, scouts and brownies groups and a Sunday club. A hall and two smaller rooms can be hired for private events.
The Ryde Boating Lake is one of the town's more popular tourists spots. The beautiful lake is a great place to bring the family during the summer as its shores make a great picnic spot. The panoramic views at the lake, the pleasant waters and the friendly folks around make it a must see while on the island. The lake is also the spot at which the Isle of Wight's annual marathon kicks off.