St Albans offers a contemporary lifestyle in a historic location.
St Albans offers the best of all worlds: the amenities of a city in a tranquil village-like setting, and a contemporary lifestyle in a historic location. Impressive landmarks provide the backdrop to vibrant city life, where culture, boutique shopping and fine dining can be appreciated alongside expansive green spaces and picturesque waterways.
St Albans is a distinctive city in its own right and a 10 minute walk will take you to a city centre that includes independent boutiques, renowned brands and a range of eateries to suit every taste and budget, as well as a thriving cultural life with regular concerts and theatre productions.
This is the place to enjoy life without compromise.
Fine dining can be enjoyed throughout St Albans, from al fresco eateries along French Row, to well-loved spots such as Loch Fyne 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.
St Albans has a thriving cultural life, with regular concerts and theatre productions at local venues such as Trestle Arts Base, Maltings Arts Theatre and the Alban Arena.
Live music, comedy nights and two local museums dedicated to the historic town and Roman life make the city an inspiring place to live. Its cultural offer is continuously expanding, with the city’s small contemporary art galleries soon to be complemented by a new gallery, museum and creative venue in the existing Town Hall.
Many primaries in the centre of St Albans have a good or outstanding rating from Ofsted, including St Peter’s, Aboyne Lodge, Alban City School, and Maple (which is in the Top 500 in the country).
The state secondary schools are excellent too, and include the popular Verulam School for Boys, St Albans Girls’ School, Beaumont School and Sandringham School. Some students attend Parmiter’s, a partially-selective school that is one of the highest performing schools in England – an easy bus journey from central St Albans.
The independent sectors also offers exceptional options including St Columba’s College, St Albans School and St Albans High School for Girls.
NB: Please check the admission policy for entrance criteria to the various schools
Gabriel Square is less than a 5 minute walk from St Albans Station with journey times to central London from 19 minutes.
St Albans is a distinctive city in its own right and a 10 minute walk will take you to a city centre that includes independent boutiques, renowned brands and a range of eateries to suit every taste and budget, as well as a thriving cultural life with regular concerts and theatre productions