At the Maltings Shopping Centre, you’ll ﬁnd fashion, jewellery and cosmetics by well known brand names. Cathedral Place is home to beauty and hairdressing salons, ﬁne jewellery, fashion, interiors and gifts. Hobbs, LK Bennett, Links of London and the White Company are just a few of the stores in Christopher Place whilst, amongst the shops in St Peter’s Street, there’s a branch of Marks & Spencer, Boots the Chemist and Waterstones.
St Albans’ has a great ‘café culture’ with tea shops and coffee houses, as well as excellent food and drink with many real ale pubs and traditional inns. There’s a twice weekly market in St Albans, monthly farmers’ markets and an annual Food and Drink Festival.
If you’re eating out, there is so much variety that choosing may prove difﬁcult – with French, Italian, Greek, Japanese, Thai, Chinese, Indian and modern British cuisine offered by a host of restaurants from small and cosy to slick and modern.
For a day’s retail therapy in the Capital or to take in a show in the West End, London is only about 20 minutes* away by rail – and St Albans City Station is just over a mile from Maryland Place.
Within easy reach of Maryland Place is Batchwood Golf Course and Sports Centre on Batchwood Drive and Verulam Golf Club.
St Albans Cricket Club offers all standards of cricket and St Albans Sports and Bowls Club, a multisports facility offers tennis, table tennis, a cycling club, bridge and darts and a lively social calendar. There’s also a good choice of local gyms.
Alban Arena, The Abbey Theatre and The Maltings Theatre host national touring shows and live performances from music and dance to drama and comedy as well as film and exhibitions. For cinema lovers, there’s the restored Odyssey Art Deco Cinema which offers a great cinema experience.
The Verulamium Museum houses a collection of remarkable artefacts that chronicle life in the Roman era.
Just a couple of miles outside St Albans, Redbournbury Mill, a historic working watermill, produces organic, stoneground flours and delicious breads. In Redbourn, a former steam-powered silk mill, once used as a tea-packing factory, has been transformed into a village museum.
For those who love the outdoors, over 850 acres of land at Heartwood Forest are being transformed into the largest native forest in England – a place to walk, cycle ride or take part in events such as annual summer festivals, woodcraft demonstrations and woodland yoga. Friends and family of all ages will love exploring the delights of Hatfield House, set amongst woodland and parkland, just eight miles from St Albans.