The historic and attractive city of St Albans is situated between the M25, M1 and A1(M) motorways. It is surrounded by countryside while nearby towns include Harpenden (5 miles north), Hatfield (5 miles east), Welwyn Garden City (7 miles east), Hemel Hempstead (6 miles west) and Watford (7 miles south). St Albans has 2 train stations with St Albans City Station on the Thameslink line giving commuters just a 20 minute journey to London Kings Cross. The second, smaller train station is St Albans Abbey Station which connects to Watford.
The history and attractiveness of the town, together with excellent road and rail links, makes St Albans a highly popular town to live in, as well as being popular with tourists and visitors.
In Roman Britain, St Albans was called Verulamium and was Britain's third largest Roman City. The small river that runs through the city is called the River Ver. The river runs through Verulamium Park which is a popular park for walks and recreation. St Albans is named after Britain's first Christian martyr.
The city is full of historic buildings with St Albans Cathedral being particularly impressive. The buildings along Fishpool Street, near the Cathedral are full of character, as are those on Holywell Hill.
St Albans has two museums that capture the history and culture of the City. The Roman history of the City is preserved by the Verulamium Museum, which also includes the Hypocaust and Roman Theatre. St Albans Museum tells the story of St Albans from the departure of the Romans to the present day.
For shopping, St Albans has a fine collection of boutiques, particularly along Holywell Hill and George Street. As well as the High Street, St Albans has two small shopping centres, The Maltings and Christopher Place. The town centre becomes a street market on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
St Albans has a large number of excellent restaurants and pubs that attract people in the evenings from surrounding towns. The Alban Arena is situated in the city centre and is used for theatre, comedy, cinema and other events. The town also has 2 nightclubs. St Albans' cinema closed several years ago but there are plans to open a new multiscreen cinema in the city centre within the next few years. Until this happens, the nearest cinemas are in Hatfield, Watford and Hemel Hempstead.
There is an annual beer festival in the City, organised by CAMRA - The Campaign for Real Ale - which was founded in St Albans and still has its headquarters here.
Francis Bacon used to live at Gorhambury, just to the west of St Albans. He is buried in St. Michael's church. Gorhambury is open to the public at certain times during the year.
Verulam Golf Course in St Albans is the original home of the Ryder Cup. It was here that St Albans resident, Sam Ryder, developed the competition. Other golf courses are situated on the edge of St Albans and in surrounding villages and towns.