St Albans as hub to visit ??

Jun 19th, 2006, 01:59 PM
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St Albans as hub to visit ??

We are thinking of looking for a place for two for a week or so in or near St. Albans. We might go into London one day but really want to use St Albans as a hub for day trips to West, North, East. Most appreciative of any suggestions, as to housing as well as ideas for touring.
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Jun 19th, 2006, 03:22 PM
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Have you contacted the St.Albans tourist office - or alternatively, just type the town's name into Google, plenty of options. In the meantime, here is the St.Albans tourist office website - good luck!:
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Jun 19th, 2006, 03:29 PM
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Yes, thank you. We are doing all the "official" things; just looking for personal recommendations and/or information to supplement the "tourist" info.
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Jun 19th, 2006, 04:58 PM
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Neither of these are in St Albans but are nearby.

Dalmonds Barn is in Hoddesdon

and Lockley Farm ins in Welwyn

Both are pretty nice self catering properties.
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Jun 19th, 2006, 07:02 PM
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We stayed at St. Michael's Manor, a lovely small hotel set in beautiful gardens, and it worked very well for seeing the region.
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Jun 19th, 2006, 07:14 PM
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Thank you, thank you. This is just the sort of info we are hoping for. Nice place to stay, not too expensive, and yet convenient to get to train, bus, car, etc., and go out and back on day trips. Much appreciated. Keep 'em coming.
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Jun 20th, 2006, 02:00 AM
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I grew up about 5 miles from St Albans and it is a very beautiful city.

You must visit the cathedral and the park by it called Verulamium which has Roman remains. There are some excellent restaurants - my particular favourite is The Waffle House in a converted mill near the Roman museum which is perfect for light (and not so light) lunches. Nearby is the historic and charming Lower Red Lion pub on Fishpool Street. A good street for eating is George Street with a good Italian and Thai restaurant. There is even a Wagamama restaurant (oft quoted on Fodors noodle bar) in St Christophers Place a shopping precinct off the main street.

Ideas for days out

1. Cambridge - about an hours drive to the university city - if you're going in the summer make sure you go in a punt on the river

2. Hatfield House - where Queen Elizabeth I was staying when she became queen in the 16th century - a magnificent palace (albeit with the feel of being a very loved home) with beautiful gardens. If you want to get with the Elizabethan theme you can even go to an Elizabethan banquet in the evening

3. Pretty villages - take a drive to the charming villages in the North East of Hertfordshire. Start at Braughing with its ford across the river, buy some of the famous Braughing sausages from the very old fashioned butchers shop and then drive up through the Pelhams with thatched cottages and rolling countryside. You can do a lot worse than eating a meal at the Cricketers pub in Rickling Green just over the border in Essex and then drive on to the medieval town of Thaxted with its windmill and Finchingfield with its ducks.

I can give you loads more suggestions but it would help to know when you are planning to travel and what your interests are - history, gardens, shopping, pubs, restaurants?

By the way I can second St Michaels Manor as a lovely hotel with great food and located in a great position. You may also want to check Sopwell House. Both these hotels are fairly high end though if budget is a consideration

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Jun 20th, 2006, 09:45 AM
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Should add two things: Shopping not a love, and weather not a problem. Just like to be out and about.
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