St Albans is a
large town in Hertfordshire with a population of over 60,000 people.
The town is close to London and is in commutable distance to the
The town still hosts a regular street market in St Peter's Street
and Market Place twice a week. A popular farmers market (normally
held monthly) is also held in the town.
St Albans is famous for claiming to have more pubs per square mile
that any other place in England (although several other towns and
cities dispute this). The town also claims to have the oldest pub in
England, Ye Olde Fighting Cocks.
One of the most famous landmarks in the town is St Albans Cathedral.
The Cathedral is an Anglican Church and, at nearly 350 feet, has the
longest nave of all the cathedrals in England.
The cathedral building dates back to Norman times but was only given
its status as a cathedral in 1877. The grounds hold a Henry Moore
sculpture, Single Standing Figure that dates back to the early
The main centre can suffer from some traffic congestion but the
council are attempting to improve road layouts and routes in
addition to offering better public transport options to help
St Albans does not have a university but does have several popular
schools including the Franchise Bacon School, Beaumont School,
Loreto College, Sandringham School, St Albans School and St
Transport to St Albans is varied and extensive. By rail, there are
two main railway stations in the town. The City Station is in the
city centre and operates trains to London, Luton Airport, London
Gatwick Airport, Brighton and Wimbledon.
The other station is Abbey Station (approximately three quarters of
a mile outside the city) which operates a sole train service to
Watford Junction in Hertfordshire.
There is no airport in St Albans but two major international
airports, London Luton Airport and London Heathrow Airport are both
easy accessible via rail links or road.
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