St Albans is a market city that lies just 20 miles from London; famous for its Roman history, and a popular location for London commuters as, via the Thames Link service, it only takes 20 minutes to reach St Pancras International and London’s tube network which, in turn, provides easy access to St Albans’s conference venues. Similarly conference delegates visiting St Albans by car can reach the city easily from the M1 (Junction 6) and the M25 (Junctions 21a and 22).
This attractive city has a range of independent shops and a vast café culture lifestyle which all sits alongside the big high street names in the popular Maltings Shopping Centre, suiting everyone’s needs. St Peter's Street showcases one of South East England’s largest markets every Wednesday and Saturday which is popular amongst visitors and residents.
St Albans boasts a beautiful cathedral, known locally as “the Abbey”, which attracts visitors from all over the world and which hosts graduation ceremonies for the University of Hertfordshire, amongst other world-class events.
Amongst the bustling city lies the serenity that is Verulamium Park, a gorgeous green space which is built on the Roman town Verulamium, offering visitors the opportunity to jog or walk around its two man-made lakes home to various species of native and migrant birds.
Perfect for those who enjoy cultural trips St Albans boasts many theatres and museums: the Alban Arena hosts a variety of shows ranging from stand up comedy by well known comedians to talent shows; the Odyssey Cinema is a prime example of the city’s cosmopolitan nightlife, a unique, one-screen art deco cinema is popular amongst residents from all over Hertfordshire; and the award-winning interactive Verulamium Museum may offer the ideal team-building trip out for delegates to brush up their Roman knowledge.
Rich in history and culture, St Albans offers something for everyone. Plus, many events are planned throughout the year, for example Verulamium Park hosts an annual firework display and, from the end of November, there’s an annual Christmas market set in the beautiful walled garden of the Cathedral.