St Albans Cathedral
St Albans Cathedral
4.5
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
St Albans Cathedral is the oldest site of continuous Christian worship in Britain. It stands over the place where Alban, the first martyr, was buried after giving his life for his faith over 1700 years ago. The building itself is a blend of architectural styles spanning a millennia and contains recycled Roman bricks from Verulamium. Of special interest are the 13th century wall paintings, a rare watching loft and the fully restored medieval shrines of St Alban and St Amphibalus, the priest who converted Alban to Christianity.
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  • kevin m
    3 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    worth a visit
    good place to visit. make sure you see the wooden inner worship pews. medieval looking. interesting to read about the history. on my life, in the 70s, my mom had a relative in Fishpool Street near the Cathedral that had a priest tunnel to the cathedral. I shall never forget that. a couple years back someone told me there was a priests tunnel leading to the Fighting Cocks pub at the bottom of the hill!!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 19 June 2023
  • JMCSTL
    Saint Louis, Missouri7,315 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    *THE* Reason to Visit St Albans
    Imposing architecture on a hilltop, stunning interior features, fascinating history, all rolled into one very impressive & free package. My wife & I joined a guided tour (approx. 1 hour spent which we highly recommend), while our local friends wandered around & admired the interior spaces at their leisure. Either way, you will have a memorable visit. Also in the complex are a cafe (good food, friendly staff) and the requisite gift shop (religious & secular items). Well worth a half-day dedicated to exploring & learning about this important site in the history of England.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 24 July 2023
  • debzie
    97 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A very humble, spiritual place.
    This was our second visit to this amazing cathedral. It is free to enter and see a building that has stood the test of time. Beautiful wall paintings that have slowly faded , norman arches, and a shrine to St Alban where you can find a few minutes of peace where countless others have done over many, many years. I always feel part of history walking around this place. There is something very spiritual about it.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 14 August 2023
  • Charlie f
    Come to Good, United Kingdom1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the best!
    A superb cathedral with a wealth of fascinating history with which the visitor is able to engage. The guides are friendly and ours went out of his way to make the story of the building come alive for us. The re-creation of the medieval wall paintings is completely fascinating.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 18 August 2023
  • sue T
    48 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Tour with Paul
    Yesterday we attended the free 1 hour tour with Paul.. he was so knowledgeable and kept the whole group's attention during the tour. He takes you from the east of the cathedral to the west with so many facts along the way. Excellent tour, thank you Paul.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 30 October 2023
  • nessief
    Worcester, United Kingdom1,387 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful visit
    St Alban's Cathedral has been on both of our bucket lists for quite a while. We enjoyed a very moving Choral Eucharist service and we're still exploring this wonderful building 2 hours later. We would definitely return and recommend
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 November 2023
  • AlinaRC
    1,709 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The doves have flown in
    The arrival of the peace doves in St Albans cathedral feels very timely. The art installation has been to several cathedrals in the UK including Chichester, Liverpool and Sheffield. Each time the installation is made again in collaboration with local people. In St Albans, 10,000 individually handmade paper doves are suspended above the Cathedral's historic Tower. Each dove contains a message of peace, love and hope, written by the local community groups and many school children. They change location depending on the cathedral, and in St Albans their setting in the historic tower - the oldest in the country is inspiring. It draws your attention even more to its impressive height. The cathedral is forward looking and ambitious in welcoming modern interventions into the historic setting. Also on show for a short time on the Wallingford Screen, Saints In Colour is a striking light projection which shows what it could have looked like before the reformation. The plain stone figures and their surrounds would have been vividly painted. The figures make more sense in colour, St Patrick in a green cloak and hat, and in the lower centre figure of St Alban himself. This runs three times a day for about 15 min. It looks at its best on a dull day outside. Not sure how long this will stay so don't miss it. And wondrous wall paintings is a permanent interpretation that is projected onto the three wall paintings in the nave. This also lasts for about 15 minutes, and really brings them to life. Without the projections you really need to have an interest in medieval history to engage with them. With the projection, you get a sense of what the experience would have been like for pilgrims in the middle ages. Its great the cathedral is embracing new technologies and ways to engage visitors. On the practical side its open daily, but worth checking online for services and special events which can close parts of the buildings for some times. Its also free to enter with donations welcomed and easy to make, but without pressure. The cafe was our only disappointment... On our December visit they had entirely run out of hot food at 13.20.... and last week there was nothing vegan - the soup was cream of mushroom. Not good for vegans or anyone with any dairy issues.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 8 January 2024
  • LauraDaveJames
    Solihull, United Kingdom4,771 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Magnificent
    Approached from the front, the cathedral building is not hugely impressive. However, the interior is both awesome and beautiful. We were pleased to find there was no attempt to extract an entrance fee or donation. This cathedral is every bit as impressive as Durham and well worth a visit.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 January 2024
  • Aldogti
    Glasgow, United Kingdom77 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Morning stroll through St Albans
    We were in area staying for a trip and passed through St Albans and decided to check out this wonderful place of worship. It is a beautiful cathedral steeped in history and is most definitely worth a visit whether you visit and look around on your own or take a guided tour. You won’t regret a visit
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 February 2024
  • Ange
    42 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great guided tour of the cathedral
    The tour of the cathedral was led by the enthusiastic, knowledgeable and delightful Steven who lent us interested and intrigued for the hour. These free tours are definitely worth making the time for. They are free and last about one hour. Excellent use of time.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 6 February 2024
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Lynda T
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
A splendid and awe inspiring building. We had a wonderful welcome by one of the volunteers and entry was free. The medieval paintings on the columns were beautiful
Written 16 May 2024
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Sarah L
London, UK3,311 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
A lovely visit and a beautiful cathedral. One ofbthe only cathedrals I know to not charge an entrance fee. Great brass rubbings area and dress up section and a beautiful tapestry showing the history of the church. Definitely worth a visit.
Written 12 May 2024
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two dubs
Dublin, Ireland3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
We visited on a wet Monday- to be greeted by Marion who directed us to the restaurant- lovely idea- next surprise was FREE ENTRY but we felt by eating in the restaurant we could donate to this lovely place.
We enjoyed the recital again free
then we joined Marion's tour- unfortunately we didn't have time for a full tour- she was really knowledgeable about the history around the area and in the abbey/cathedral
The prayer in the Lady Chapel is a good reminder-with all the commercial parts(necessary we thought to help the cost) we are in living church
Maybe next time we visit St Albans we will plan ourselves better to enjoy the experience
We did not notice audio guides but did notice leaflets cost money- minimal.
Written 9 May 2024
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Lumi S
London, UK188 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
A remarkably interesting tour
We were visiting the St Albans Cathedral and, unexpectedly, we were beneficiaries of a free group tour, guided by the very welcoming and knowledgeable guide Kirk. He had taken us around in the Cathedral, pointing at the most beautiful medieval wall paintings and the rose window on the north side, the Wallingford High Altar, the shrines of St Alban and St Amphibalus and other remarkably interesting architectural features.
Written 5 May 2024
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Penelope S
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
Excellent tour today with guide Sheldon. So interesting. Am hoping to return and have other guided tour. Can highly recommend
Written 27 April 2024
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Wandering Wonderings
Hastings, UK3,242 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
Such a beautiful building. My last visit was to celebrate Easter Sunday. The acoustics for the choir were beautiful. The church team were welcoming. The pews were as comfy as pews get. I really enjoyed the grand setting for the wonderful service.

Looking forward to visiting the next exhibition on display, although I'm not sure it will beat the beautiful peace doves that were back in February.
Written 24 April 2024
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jaso
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Outstanding guided tour by Janet. Full of rich history and she brought objects to life. The projected reconstructions of some of the murals on the pillars was a wonderful use of technology and added more reality than could be seen by the eye. I think it's worth adding more of this type of virtual or enhanced reality to the building to bring it up to par with the likes of the Stained Glass museum in Ely or Gaudi property experiences in Barcelona which are just great for kids. It nevertheless, so much to marvel at without. The building and the grounds. The Rose window is a sight to behold - as good as any stained glass in the UK.

Evening song was on a few hours later so we returned to hear beautiful choral worship in an impressive building.

A great cathedral to visit and lovely to see it in use as a place of worship and pilgrimage.
Written 30 March 2024
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Baker-nolan
22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Great visit...lots of history and knowledgeable volunteers. An impromptu visit on Maundy Thursday. Even though the whole of the diocese were attending the service we were welcomed and allowed to explore .A great visit
Written 29 March 2024
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MaChoosy
London, UK11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
Beautiful and very interesting building. Volunteer guides are always happy to talk about features. There are regular concerts there. Cafe with limited lunch menu but nice.
Written 28 March 2024
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GAP1234
41 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Amazing venue and so much more than a Cathedral and important part of English history. It’s also a museum of sorts with the history articulated well throughout the venue. The cafe is also lovely - especially the loose leaf tea.
Written 13 March 2024
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