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St Albans Cathedral

Sumpter Yard, St. Albans, England
01727 860780
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Ranked #1 of 19 attractions in St. Albans
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites
Owner description: St Albans Cathedral is the oldest site of continuous Christian worship in Britain. It stands over the place where Alban, the first martyr, was buried... more » Owner description: St Albans Cathedral is the oldest site of continuous Christian worship in Britain. It stands over the place where Alban, the first martyr, was buried after giving his life for his faith over 1700 years ago.The building itself is a blend of architectural styles spanning a millennia and contains recycled Roman bricks from Verulamium. Of special interest are the 13th century wall paintings, a rare watching loft and the shrines of Saint Alban and Amphibalus, the priest who converted Alban to Christianity. « less
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

Loved the unique architecture and the small pockets of historical interest. Whether or not one is religious, you cannot hep but feel the awe of this place. I love the fact that you can take photos, that there is a sense of this place being for everyone.

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London, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

The catheral has a construction and maintenance history a bit like Swamp Castle from Monty Python and the Holy Grail - things weren't fully funded and therefore left incomplete, or things fell down, and repairs weren't funded and left incomplete and finally Henry the 8th arrives and most of the site is cleared during the Dissolution of the Monastries. This... More

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Oxfordshire, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

The visiting choir were excellent, the cathedral was cool and welcoming and the tea in the café was lovely, particularly the cake.

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Lowestoft, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Lovely area and beautiful park. Nice to wonder around lake and park as well as town . Market worth going to.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

St.Albans Cathedral and City of St.Albans is a lovely place to visit as it is such a short train trip from London (around 30 min). The architecture of the cathedral is majestic though it is a mix of different styles but this is something that makes it interesting. The shrine to St.Albans is magnificent. The acoustics in the Abbey is... More

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Ormskirk, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

St.Albans Cathedral is a challenge to those of us interested in architecture, because it has so many periods represented. It was really good to have to work out the Norman, Decorated, Victorian and Modern parts. Lots to see and do. Fascinating shrine to St.Alban - don't miss the amazing wooden watching chamber. Excellent guides willing to answer questions. Good cafe... More

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Rockhampton, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Absolutely amazing architecture and you can also listen to some great music if you are there at service times. Staff/volunteers all helpful and welcoming. Did the tower tour and got to see Bell chamber and reached the top of the Tower with fantastic views. We arrived late for the tour due to traffic but were able to take a later... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Visited St Albans cathedral (or the Abbey, as it is known locally) a few times, most recently with my son on a school trip which included a tour from the cathedral education centre staff. Was fascinating to learn the history if the place, which is where Christianity began in England with the Martyrdom of St Alban. If the weather is... More

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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 via mobile

We took the 11:30 free tour. The guide was excellent, knowledgeable and amusing. The trick is starting at the West end and the tour unfolds from the route of the procession of monks to the entry of the pilgrims ending at the restored shrine. By then the visitor has walked through civil wars, reformations and Victorian exuberance. On a bright... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Built in 1077, this building is truly remarkable. There are Norman, Saxon and neo Gothic influences in the finished Cathedral. I think the full title is the Cathedral and Abbey Church of St Alban. It has the longest nave in the country with wall paintings recently uncovered on the Norman pillars in the nave. The nave changes three quarters up... More

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