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St. Albans Cathedral

Cafe Rouge in the old Ryder Seed Hall, St.Albans

St. Albans Cathedral Review

Medieval pilgrims came from far and wide to hilltop St. Albans Cathedral to honor its patron saint, a Roman soldier turned Christian martyr. His red-canopied shrine beyond the choir has a rare loft from where guards kept watch over gifts that were left. Construction of the mainly Norman cathedral began in the early 11th century, but the nearly 300-foot-long nave dates from 1235; the pillars are decorated with 13th- and 14th-century paintings. The tower is even more historic, and contains bricks from ancient Roman buildings.

    Contact Information

  • Address: Holywell Hill, St. Albans, AL1 1BY | Map It
  • Phone: 01727/860780
  • Cost: Donations welcome; tower tours £8
  • Hours: Daily 8:30–5:45; guided tours weekdays 11:30, Sat. 11:30 and 2, Sun. 2:30; tower tours Sat., May–Sept. Call ahead to check times.
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  • Location: St. Albans
Updated: 05-28-2014

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