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A daytrip to St Albans 

St Albans Verulamium Park

 

I fell in love with St Albans last November when I went there for a weekend trip with my friend Sarah. Not only is it ridiculously easy to get to (it’s only 20 minutes from London St Pancras station!) it’s also very, very quaint and cute. There’s also surprisingly lot to do for such a small city, which is why I really wanted to go back.

 

In a typical Laura fashion I visited quite a few of the same spots as I did last year (I’m a creature of habit..!) but I did manage to squeeze in a few new spots too, so please do read on!

 

Beautiful foliage St Albans

Autumn leaves

Architecture St Albans

St Albans Park St Albans park

Autumn leaves

 

Getting there from London

 

As mentioned above, St Albans is very close to London and it’s super easy and cheap to get there. A fast train will take you there in 20 minutes from St Pancras, but you can also grab a train there from (amongst others) Elephant & Castle, Blackfriars or Farringdon if they are more convenient for you. A return ticket will set you back about £9.

 

At St Albans’ end you’ll have about a 10 minute walk to the centre of the city. There are signs at the station pointing you to the right direction, so you can’t (well, shouldn’t) get lost. There is another train station (St Albans Abbey) closer to the centre of things, but I don’t think there are any direct trains there from London – at least I haven’t seen any!

 

Pubs

 

There’s no shortage of pubs in St Albans (seriously, there’s so many of them!) but one particular one you should absolutely try is Ye Olde Fighting Cocks. It’s right next to Verulamium park and it’s possibly one of the cosiest and most historical pubs I’ve ever visited. It claims to be the oldest pub in Britain, and although there’s not enough proof to back that claim off, it’s definitely one of the oldest there is. I couldn’t really take that many pictures inside as there wasn’t enough natural light, so you will just have to take my word for it…

 

Another pub I’d recommend visiting is The Snug for the cosy interior and beer garden (plus happy hour cocktails!). Also make sure to venture into the side streets every now and then – there’s lots of local haunts if you just explore a bit. Last time me and Sarah found a pub just a few streets behind our hotel with live music and danced the night away. So, definitely make sure to keep your eyes open!

 

 

 

Ye Olde Fighting Cocks St Albans Old pub St Albans Pub sign St Albans

 

Eating

 

The Beech House on St Peter’s Street is quickly becoming my favourite foodie spot in St Albans. They have a comprehensive menu of different foods from salads to pizzas and it really feels like there’s something for everyone. The salads are yummy and quite innovative and the pizzas are SO good too. You can make your own by choosing from a long list of ingredients – last time I went for a marinara and cherry tomato base with feta and red chillies and it was just glorious. I wish I’d taken a photo for you but I was just too hungry..!

 

Another good option for dinner is Number 23 which I also mentioned in my 5 things to do in St Albans post. This would be perfect for a date – it’s super cosy, dimly lit and the food is perfect for sharing. It’s hidden in little corridor so make sure you don’t miss it!

 

Whatever you do, make sure to leave room for dessert. This means a lot coming from me, as I’m not usually the biggest dessert person, but The Pudding Stop has completely won me over. It’s a little restaurant serving different types of dessert (and breakfast!) and they do the most amazing brownie and soft serve  combos. I went with the blondie with butterscotch sauce and salted caramel soft serve, and it was the most amazing thing. I would pretty much travel back to St Albans just for that…

 

Pudding stop St Albans

Pudding stop St Albans

 

Sightseeing

 

St Albans is an especially great location for a history enthusiast as it’s very much steeped in it. There is, of course, the cathedral, which always takes my breath away, but there’s also an old clock tower which you can climb up to and old roman ruins a bit further along through the park.

 

Admiring the cathedral is completely free (although they do ask for a suggested donation of £5 if you want to go in) but the clock tower and the ruins cost £1 and £5 respectively. For such little money, both of these attractions are well worth a visit to add a bit of culture to your trip to St Albans. My favourite was probably climbing up the clock tower – I really love a good view!

 

 

Sightseeing St Albans Sightseeing St Albans Sightseeing St Albans

Other daytrips from London:

5 things to do in Margate

One day in Windsor & Eton

 

 

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24 comments so far.
  • The photos are gorgeous! Never knew St Albans was so pretty. It is very cheap from London, will have to go at Christmas sometime 🙂

    Chloe / Mojichlo

    • Laura Emilia

      Thank you very much! St Albans is sooo pretty – would definitely recommend a visit! x

  • Gorgeous pictures!! Looks like you had such a lovely time!!
    a life of a charlotte
    x

    • Laura Emilia

      Thank you so much! St Albans is such a pretty place to visit 🙂 x

  • That place looks absolutely beautiful! I would love to visit this place someday, when I take a long visit to London. Someday!

    Heidi ✨ | Heidi’s Planner | Instagram

    • Laura Emilia

      It is such a pretty city! I would definitely recommend a day trip there when you visit London x

  • This place looks so wonderful and tranquil – I am always looking for new places to see around the country and because I do not live too far away, I will definitely be visiting St.Albans soon! Thank you for sharing your experience:)

    maria (whatismaria.com)

    • Laura Emilia

      I’d definitely recommend it – it’s such a beautiful town with so much to see and do! x

  • Thanks so much for this, Laura! I’ve just booked tickets to see Joe Lycett in St Albans next July as a gift for Mr P (I always like to book gigs in places of interest to make a bit of a holiday of it – we live in Leicestershihre) so this is a fantastic guide. I think Number 23 is a must x

    • Laura Emilia

      That’s such a good idea to make a little holiday out of a gig – I love it! I hope you love St Albans as much as I do – and yes, definitely go to Number 23, it’s such a lovely little place! x

  • Holly Rachel 💃🏻

    These photos are just breathtaking. I really would love to visit there, it looks the ideal little village. My aunt lives near here so next time im over in the UK I definitely want to visit here 🙂
    Holly x | http://www.thechroniclesofholly.com/ | https://www.bloglovin.com/blogs/chronicles-holly-13610625

    • Laura Emilia

      Thank you so much! I would definitely recommend visiting 🙂 x

  • Absolutely beautiful pictures. The food looks amazing too xx

    whoisvelouria.blogspot.co.uk

    • Laura Emilia

      Thank you so much! That dessert is one of the best I’ve ever had… x

  • Ohh it looks looovely! I’ve been meaning to go for ages – definitely need a trip further North! x

    • Laura Emilia

      Yes, do it! It’s so close to London and SO worth a visit. xx

  • Roxana

    This is lovely! I really wanna go there and hopefully soon just as a gateway <3

    https://asparklingjourney.com/

    • Laura Emilia

      Hopefully you’ll get to go soon, it’s super lovely! x

  • Hayley Rubery

    Girl I bloody loved this post! Ben and I were potentially thinking of St Albans as somewhere to move to as it’s half way between each of our family homes, but we’ve never actually been! I’m SO glad I read this post as the pictures look so stunning! Definitely need to take a day trip ASAP!

    Hayley xo
    http://www.frockmeimfamous.com

    • Laura Emilia

      Thanks so much Hayley! Yeah me and my boyfriend have considered that as an option too as it’s so close to London and SO nice too. I would definitely recommend you visit – it’s the perfect little place for a daytrip. xx

  • I’ve never been, but St Albans looks like a lovely place to visit 🙂

    • Laura Emilia

      It’s lovely – I would really recommend it! x

  • omg it’s so pretty! i am hoping to get to st. albans around christmas as their markets are supposed to be amazing – this has made me want to go even more! x

    • The Christmas market there is SO lovely, I would highly recommend a trip around December! xx