Sunday, 26 July 2015

A Day in St Albans


This summer being my summer of 'get out and discover more of England', I headed north and spent a day in St Albans yesterday. Only a 20 minutes's train ride away from St Pancras Station, St Albans feels miles away from London's urban hustle and bustle.

A Day in St Albans
Named after the first British martyr, St Albans dates back as far as Roman times. It's a charming, historic market town with an impressive cathedral that towers over the centre of town.

A Day in St Albans

My friend and I visited on market day, so there was quite a lot going on. We walked around and browsed the various market stalls selling fruits, flowers and other merchandise. We stopped for coffee and cakes at The Merchant Tea & Coffee Company, which is housed the Town Hall building overlooking the main market.

A Day in St Albans

We walked along market street stopping at various shops and homeware stores. Admittedly most of them are of the chain kind, interspersed with the odd independent one.

A Day in St Albans

We made our way to the cathedral, which is most likely one of the biggest ones I have ever visited. And there have been a lot. It was under construction, so it took a while before we found the entrance, but once we found it, I was awe-struck. It is so big, it seems to consist of a few churches stuck together. Reading a bit about its history, this seems to make sense as it was built throughout different eras picking up different architectural styles along the way.

A Day in St Albans

Looking up the ceilings are impressive wooden structures and some have colourful flower patterns painted on them. There is a prominent, round stained glass window, projecting red and blue sunlight into the cathedral.

A Day in St Albans

After our visit to the cathedral we made our way back to the Highstreet and popped into Raft Furniture store, lured in by the free Pimm's. We got quite comfy on their cushiony sofa, but after two rounds it was time for us to continue our walk.

We headed to Jamie's Italian on Chequer Street, where more free booze was awaiting us. (Their loyalty scheme is so worth it.)

A Day in St Albans

We browsed some more market stalls, and had a cup of tea for the road at the Beech House, before making our way back to the train station. Back to the big city it was.

A Day in St Albans

10 comments:

  1. St Albans is so petite, and so pretty on a summer day isn't it?

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    1. yes, although I thik St Albans would still be pretty when it is not sunny!

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  2. Wow what a lovely place :) I haven't been here yet!


    Creepers & Cupcakes

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    1. Then what are you waiting for? Hop on the train and go check it out. :-)

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  3. Ooh, I used to live just outside of St. Albans! It is beautiful! Also, jealous of all the free booze ;) x

    Stephanie | www.ouistephanie.com

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  4. Ha, so lovely to see St Albans from a tourist point of view - it's so close to my parent's house I tend to lose sight of it's charm! There are so many good local places for food as well if you head back in the future (Lussman's and Tabure are my faves)

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    1. I love reading about my home town as well. It is really nice to see it through different eye and it makes you look at it in a different way too.

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  5. It looks like such a nice place to visit :)

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    1. It is and it is super close to London. If that's where you are... :-)

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