St Albans Cathedral
St Albans Cathedral is a great place to visit for the whole family – whatever the weather! From the longest nave in England and an extensive collection of medieval wall paintings, to an exciting programme of activities and events and a brand new interactive exhibition with artefacts, audio visuals and an exciting digital tour of the Cathedral.
The history of St Albans Cathedral is rich and, over the centuries, this magnificent building has undergone several transformations. Step inside and you’ll find awe inspiring reminders of the Cathedral’s past as well as the inspiring story at its heart. These include the Shrine of St Alban, a site of national pilgrimage which has been a focal point for visitors and pilgrims alike for over 1700 years. The Nave of St Albans Cathedral is the longest in the country which, at 85 metres long, displays a striking selection of medieval wall paintings, one of the most extensive collections surviving today. Not only is the inside of the Cathedral, with its vast expanses of space and secluded, intimate chapels, it is located in the middle of acres of tranquil parkland, meaning that the Cathedral and surroundings is an oasis of calm just a short walk from the bustling market town of St Albans and a short train ride away from the frantic pace of central London.
The Cathedral has a team of trained volunteer Guides who welcome visitors, lead formal tours and are available to provide information.
Free Guided Tours: These tours start at the west door and typically take about an hour. Available daily for visitors at the following times:11.30 Monday to Saturday
14.30 Sunday to Friday
Free Highlights Tour: If your time is limited, this tour allows you to explore the highlights of this great building on at 13.05 Daily.
Available daily in our exhibition area, young visitors can enjoy interactive screens to take a look behind the scenes, brass rubbing, and fun dressing up!
Explorer backpacks are available for families to borrow (via a refundable deposit) from the Welcome Desk free of charge. We also have a fun, do it yourself adventure trail for Young Explorers, which you can pick up from the Cathedral Shop for £2.
Families can explore the grounds of the Cathedral with our Tree Trail! Discover the history of some of the city's most ancient trees and find out all about their uses ans symbolism. Tree trails are available daily from the Cathedral Shop for £2.
We also offer a free digital tour of the Cathedral which you can access straight from your phone! Suitable for families.
Visit here to access the guide.
The Alban Pilgrimage
The spectacular Pilgrimage Procession of giant puppets retells the story of Alban’s martyrdom, as pilgrims retrace the route from the place of Alban’s trial to the hill on which he was executed. It is not only a stunning spectacle; it is a profoundly moving experience. The procession starts at 1100 from St Peter’s Church and travels through the City Centre to the West End of the Cathedral. A Festival Eucharist follows at 1200 with a Festival Evensong at 1600.
The Alban Pilgrimage takes place annually on the Saturday nearest to 22 June – St Albans Day. The Alban Pilgrimage in 2020 will be on Saturday 20 June.
St Albans Cathedral
Opening Times8.30am - 5.30pm
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Standard ticket pricesFree.
Nearest train stationSt Albans City - Thameslink, 1 mile
Travel withGreat Northern