Clarion Collection Hotel St. Albans
Ryder House 27 Holywell Hill
St. Albans, EN 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.
Sopwell priory (Sopwell Nunnery) was established around 1140 by the abbot of the St. Alban's Abbey as Priory of St. Mary of Sopwell. The land remained in the hands of the priory until its dissolution in 1539, after which the land was granted to Sir Richard Lee by King Henry VIII. The new owner demolished the priory and in its place built a Tudor style mansion. All that remains now are the ruins of the this once regal house, surrounded by a grassy lawn. Visitors are welcome to explore this site which is open daily during daylight hours.
Verulam House, formerly called 'Bishop's Palace', is a 19th Century structure encompassed by well-maintained, lush green gardens. Currently a Nursing and Residential Care Home, the building was designed by the popular architect Caroe, whose aesthetic imprints on the building have still been carefully preserved. This building has an altruistic past, largely due to the fact that it was previously used as a maternity hospital during the tragic Second World War. The venue is flanked by many historical attractions, owing to its proximity to the ancient Roman city of Verulamium.
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.
St. Stephen's Church, St. Albans, is believed to have been established as early as 948 CE and was intended to receive pilgrims visiting the St. Albans Shrine. The architectural style of the current building dates back to Medieval times, and little more than a small window has survived from the original building. The spire was added in 19th Century, while the magnificent ornamental woodwork and pews are Victorian in style. Although the church is a mix of a number of styles and time periods, there is still a sense of harmony in its overall appearance. The services have a modern touch even as the church radiates with the love of the many generations it has served.
The St. Michael’s church is a central part of St. Albans as it offers biblical, choir and other communal facilities for the residents of hamlets in its vicinity. It is surrounded by open fields and radiates a quaint charm. The church conducts regular prayer services along with organizing special commemorative events. It houses three different meeting spaces which can be hired for private events. Easily accessible from London by road and rail, this is the perfect spot to visit for some inner peace. Its natural beauty has the potential to transport you to another era far away from modernity’s din.
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.
Built as a protective measure around a settlement, the presently accessible parts of Beech Bottom Dyke go up to two miles in length. It is 30-50 feet deep at places and sometimes about 98 feet wide. It serves as an excellent trail to explore on foot and observe the natural and man-made marvels. It is lined by earthworks along the way to mark territory. Having constructed that in an age without machines quite a feat and certainly worth exploring.
Royal National Rose Society Gardens - also called 'The Gardens of the Rose' - are one of the finest and the most beautiful gardens in St. Albans. The site is also the headquarters of the famed Royal National Rose Society. The gardens are truly a breathtaking marvel, consisting of a whopping 2500 different types of rose cultivars. Open to public only during summer, the gardens provide tours which delineate the history of the rose, and provide information about the various prevalent methods used to plant roses.