St Albans is a picturesque town to the north of London. An English Cathedral City, it is famed for its wealth of medieval architecture and history dating back to the Roman era. There are also several parks and stunning surrounding countryside, which makes St Albans one of the UK’s most desirable commuter locations.
Whilst the city appears as though little has changed for centuries, the centre is actually a thriving metropolis with modern shopping facilities and a vibrant cultural and nightlife scene. As such, St Albans perfectly balances a village-like atmosphere with the convenience of a larger town and its world class museums and heritage sites draw in visitors from all over the country.
Furthermore, St Albans has been picked as one of England’s top towns for future economic prospects, with a solid cross section of commercial and opportunities for businesses.
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St Albans is popular with both business commuters and tourists, and so features a diverse range of accommodation options - from dedicated corporate housing to traditional B&Bs. Choosing the right accommodation will depend on the requirements of your individual trip, however those planning to stay for an extended period may wish to consider a serviced apartment, as these can offer a home-from-home atmosphere whilst still carrying all the convenience of a hotel.
The Squa.re present a selection of serviced apartments in St Albans that have been specifically selected for their convenience of location, high standard of interior and range of amenities. What's more, our staff can offer advice on the best accommodation for your needs, with area information and recommendations to suit. Whether you are looking for a luxury apartment or small studio, we can offer a property that will let you get the most from your visit.
St Albans features a vibrant and varied cultural scene. As the home of CAMRA, there are several highly rated ‘real ale’ pubs in the area, which draws in enthusiasts from the surrounding towns also gives rise to a healthy live music scene. Anyone wishing to explore the history of the town will find the superb St Albans Museum and Gallery a great starting point, which tells the story of the town as well as showcasing some local and international talent. There are also the Roman ruins and, of course, the iconic cathedral.
The town also boasts fantastic shopping opportunities, with a healthy mix of famous high street brands and independent retailers. The Maltings and Christopher Place Shopping Centre are two outdoor shopping hubs that feature a selection of fashion, homeware and electronic goods stores, along with several cafes and eateries. Those looking for more local fare may wish to visit the traditional street market, held in St Peters street every Wednesday and Saturday.
The town centre and its important historical sites are easily traversable on foot, with most places of interest being just a short walk away from each other. For those wishing to explore the surrounding countryside or neighbouring towns of Hemel Hempstead and Welwyn Garden City, St Albans is covered by a comprehensive and reliable bus network that runs regular routes across the region. Most are covered by the PlusBus card, which is a cost effective payment scheme for those who are spending a few days in the area.
ST Albans is served by two railway stations - City and Abbey, which offer extensive routes to the surrounding areas and wider UK. ST Albans City runs more than ten services per hour into London Blackfriars during peak hours, whilst also running services into Kent and towards Brighton.