St Albans

Located just a few miles outside of Hatfield, the historic city of St Albans has a thriving cultural life and is home to a wealth of bars, restaurants and theatrical venues.

The city is home to many independent retailers as well as major brands and a historic street market on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

St Albans Cathedral is also the location of the University's graduation ceremonies.

Things to do

St Albans is a great location no matter where your interests lie.

St Albans CathedralIf you're looking for a slice of culture, you can visit one of the numerous theatres in St Albans, who host regular concerts and theatre productions. Venues include the Maltings Arts Theatre, the Alban Arena and the Abbey Theatre.

While you are spending time in the city, you can take time to enjoy your surroundings from one of the many cafes, bars and restaurants. The city features a diverse range of eateries offering a variety of global cuisines to suit all budgets.

For the evenings, the Odyssey is an independent, arthouse cinema that was restored and re-opened in 2014. Showing a mix of independent and blockbuster films, it offers a special cinematic experience.

When you want to relax between your classes, you can also visit Verulamium Park and discover St Albans' Roman history.

St Albans is one of my favourite places to visit. It is close to the University and has so much to do. Visit the Snug - it serves great food all day, is really relaxed and even has delicious cocktails in the evening.

Adam Teall

BA (Hons) English Literature

Getting further afield

Two railway stations serve St Albans:

  • St Albans City station - located just east of the city centre
  • St Albans Abbey station - located approximately south-west of the main city station

The main station is is served by Thameslink on a frequent and fast rail link to London St Pancras International in central London in just 18 minutes. In addition to the London-bound trains, they also run north to Harpenden, Luton, Luton Airport Parkway and on to Bedford.