Fine dining can be enjoyed throughout St Albans, from al fresco eateries along French Row, to well-loved spots such as Benito’s Hat and The Ivy. For something more special, the award-winning Thompson is a popular choice, while St Michael’s Manor and The Restaurant at Sopwell House offer excellent cuisine in picturesque surrounds.
Speciality boutiques and independent retailers sit side by side with international stores and renowned designer brands to bring residents a unique local retail offering.
Traditional street markets complete the offer – weekly markets with over 160 stalls bring the marketplace to life on Wednesdays and Saturdays, while the local farmers’ market offers high-quality fresh produce on the second Sunday of each month.
St Albans is blessed with expansive green open spaces and public waterways, including the nearby Clarence Park, the Watercress Wildlife Association, Sopwell Nunnery and the picturesque River Ver Trail.
From the splendour of its Cathedral to the medieval Clock Tower and the ruins of Sopwell Nunnery, St Albans has a truly rich and colourful history. St Albans Roman roots still remain in the city walls and in the outline of the main London Gate which can still be seen today. The Clock Tower, which dates back to 1403, stands as a rare example of medieval belfry and a symbol of the people’s resistance against the monastery. The bell itself weighs one tonne and is still housed on the fourth floor.