This cathedral city in Hertfordshire is positively brimming with unique historical sites and remarkable architecture, having been an important settlement since before Roman times. And there are plenty of present-day attractions to keep you busy day and night too: a wealth of independent shops and lively street markets, a popular programme of concerts and shows, and annual festivals that celebrate the very best of local food and drink.
Whichever way you approach St Albans, there's one thing you can't miss: the cathedral. Its striking form dominates the skyline. Get up close and you'll be able to spot features and materials from several different periods, including Roman bricks salvaged from the ruins of Verulamium, the settlement which occupied the area to the south of the city centre in the first few centuries AD.
You can find out about the Roman city at the Verulamium Museum, and just a short walk away there are the remains of a Roman theatre, town house, shrine and row of shops. The beautiful 100-acre park that adjoins the museum to the south is a popular spot for picnicking, feeding the ducks or just going for a leisurely stroll.
For a spot of shopping, catching up over a coffee or a sophisticated meal out, head for the High Street behind the cathedral, and explore the network of streets and shopping centres around Market Place, Chequer Street and beyond. Thanks to St Albans' previous prosperity as a coaching town on the route to and from London, you'll also find plenty of historic inns in the centre.
The city is also home to CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, so it's the perfect place to seek out a pint.
The main train station in St Albans is St Albans. Check out live arrivals and station facilities for St Albans.
The primary operator of trains to St Albans is Thameslink.
It's easy to bag cheap train tickets to St Albans. We'd recommend using a Railcard, buying your ticket in advance or travelling during Off-Peak hours if you can. Read our cheap train tickets guide to find out more.
There are frequent daily services to St Albans, although there may be fewer services on weekends and bank holidays. Check our live train times for up-to-date information on trains to St Albans.