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The Thames Valley Sights

St. Albans Cathedral

  • Holywell Hill Map It
  • St. Albans
  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Updated 05/28/2014

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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.

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Sight Information


Holywell Hill, St. Albans, AL1 1BY, England

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Sight Details:

  • Donations welcome; tower tours £8
  • 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.

Updated 05/28/2014


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