Cheap Hotels in St Albans
A modern St. Albans hotel just off the M25, with free parking, free WiFi and breakfast included Holiday Inn Express® St. Albans - M25, Jct.22 hotel places you just off the M25 motorway. The M1 is seven minutes' drive away, and the hotel offers ample free parking. A 15-minute drive takes you to the shopping and attractions of St. Albans city centre, where St. Albans City station is served by direct trains to London. A 25-minute drive from the hotel takes you to London Luton Airport (LTN). Browse high-street brand and department stores at Colney Fields Shopping Park, right next to the hotel. At Vicarage Road Stadium, a 25-minute drive away, you can catch Watford FC's Premier League football home matches. History buffs can learn about life in Roman times and view ancient mosaics at Verulamium Museum, a 15-minute drive from the hotel. The hotel's air-conditioned and naturally lit meeting room can host events for up to 14 people. AV equipment is available and if you're planning a long day, order a hot buffet lunch to help keep your meeting productive. There's free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel. Start your day with the inclusive breakfast buffet featuring scrambled eggs, baked beans and sausages. The bright Express Bar and Café is a stylish spot to relax with friends over a glass of wine. Or if you're feeling peckish, order a hot meal or snack from the bar menu.
Business, Other Amenities Featured amenities include complimentary newspapers in the lobby, dry cleaning/laundry services, and luggage storage. Event facilities at this hotel consist of a conference center and a meeting room. Free self parking is available onsite.
Business, Other Amenities Featured amenities include complimentary wired Internet access, dry cleaning/laundry services, and luggage storage. Event facilities at this hotel consist of conference space and meeting rooms. Free self parking is available onsite.
Business, Other Amenities Featured amenities include luggage storage and coffee/tea in a common area. Free self parking is available onsite.
Business, Other Amenities Featured amenities include express check-out, a 24-hour front desk, and a safe deposit box at the front desk. This hotel has 12 meeting rooms available for events. Free self parking is available onsite.
Hotels in St Albans
The ancient cathedral city of St Albans is famous for its Roman remains and medieval architecture. Set in Hertfordshire around 19 miles North of London, it is a fascinating centre for visitors, displaying numerous layers of history at every turn.
The Celtic Catuvellauni tribe had a settlement at Prae Hill a little to the west of present day St Albans, but it was as the Roman city of Verulamium, the second largest after Londinium, that the site really begins to grow in importance. After the Roman occupation, the medieval town developed around the foundations of St Albans Abbey, where the original draft of Magna Carta was drawn up. The Abbey Church became the parish church during the 16th century and a cathedral in 1877. The road that runs from the Abbey to the famous St Albans school, down towards the River Ver is called Abbey Mill Lane, where you can see the palaces of the Bishops of St Albans and Hertford, and The Fighting Cocks, which is one of the oldest pubs in England. Amongst the many noSEOSITE_LEVEL_DESCRIPTION old buildings and sites in St Albans, the early 15th-century Clock Tower is one of only two such designs in the country.
Restaurants and Cafés
From St Albans hotels, you'll discover a real diversity of great places to eat and relax, from fine dining to friendly cafés and lovely old pubs. Lussmanns is a highly recommended and award-winning choice, with strong emphasis on the best of British and real sustainability. Try The Foragers at The Verulam Arms to experience superb wild food menus and seasonal treats. For an artisan-style coffee shop in the heart of St Albans, sample the fresh homemade food and warm atmosphere at bakehouse on Heritage Close, right opposite the Clock Tower.
Festivals and Events
A town with such deep roots has more than its fair share of traditional events as well as modern festivals. Whichever season you choose to visit there will be something going on! Near the beginning of May, there is the medieval tradition of Beating the Bounds, where members of the community walk the boundary of St Albans, and literally beat certain key points along the route with willow wands. The procession, led by the Mayor, follows the town's boundary as defined in 1327. In late May, traditionally over the Bank Holiday weekend, you can enjoy the colour and spectacle of the nearby Hertfordshire County Show, with its proudly displayed animals of all shapes and sizes, wonderful local produce and entertainment. Midsummer sees a weekend celebrating the town's Saint. The Alban Pilgrimage includes a unique carnival of puppets representing the life and fate of St Alban, with much of the area's amazing past also depicted. The procession through the centre to St Albans Cathedral includes Roman chariots, centurions, lions, roses and executioners in an explosion of colour and history. There is also an Alban Street Festival at the same time, complete with performance arena, music stages, food, drink and plenty more.
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