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St Albans Cathedral

Sumpter Yard, St. Albans, England
01727 860780
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Ranked #1 of 15 Attractions in St. Albans
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
Owner description: St Albans Cathedral is the oldest site of continuous Christian worship in Britain. It stands over...
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Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
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.

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Hitchin
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 NEW

This was a very atmospheric, especially at the beginning when we were asked to be silent while they rang the bells. Then the lights were turned off, the candles lit and the choir beautifully sang Silent Night. It was a goose bump moment. It was amazing to sit in such an old building and hear carols sang in Latin. An... More 

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Hertford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

So lovely to have a cathedral right in the centre of town . It really is absolutely stunning and with the Christmas market in the grounds and lit up with Christmas lights it is certainly worth a visit . There is an hourly on going Carol service on Sat before Christmas as well .

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Harpenden, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

This is a very impressive cathedral with an interesting history. Considering its age I think it's well preserved. Take a tour but pay attention to the walls, you can clearly see the different construction phases if you look at the "cement" between the bricks. Try do this as part of a Roman tour and do it on a sunny day... More 

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Lee-on-the-Solent, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

The cathedral is warm and welcoming - although perhaps slightly marred by the Christmas market outside when I visited. It is much bigger than it seems from the outside. Do the guided tours - add a huge amount to the already aura of the place, and you'll see some places that you might otherwise have missed.

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NOTTINGHAM
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

The Cathedral was immediately opposite our hotel and very inviting. It was obviously hosting a pre Christmas Market which tempted us to explore more. Inside it was far larger than we imagined. I am really quite uniterested in churches, of any sort, but this one had a homely and welcoming feel. We were lucky in that the local schools had... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

Not the most beautiful I have seen, but very nice and an interesting combination of different architectural styles. Very well maintained.

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London
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Even if you are not a church-goer, St Albans Cathedral is well worth a visit, especially around Christmas when they have carol concerts with great choirs. There is no booking so just turn up. The acoustics are amazing. Just sit back and soak it all in.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

History, medieval, Romans, Saxons, historic, awe, beautiful, majestic and much more. St Albans have it all and the Cathedral reinforced it. As an agnostic, place of worship like this come with challenging feelings and bring up a lot of questions but at the same time the visit was full of excitements

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Braintree, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Went to St Albans last weekend for the Christmas Market. The market itself isn't very good but the Cathedral saved the day. It is a beautiful peaceful building despite the large crowds of people walking around and definitely worth the visit. The grounds also look lovely so a summer trip here would be good.

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KENT
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014 via mobile

What a wonderful place. The history dates back to the 4th century. We were very lucky on two counts. Firstly we caught the Christingle service - it was so lovely to see the children's faces as they paraded with their oranges with candles in them - brilliant. The other coupe was that, as we were admiring the fantastic ceilings (... More 

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