Planning your visit
The Cathedral is situated in the heart of the city of St Albans. There are shops, cafes and restaurants all within easy walking distance and it is surrounded by beautiful parkland.
We have a range Visitor Maps to help you find your bearings on arrival in the city which you can download here:
St Albans City Centre Map - showing the location of car parks, attractions, the Tourist & Information Centre, and lots more.
St Albans District Map - showing the main road and rail routes into the district.
Parking Map of St Albans - with locations of car parks in the city, together with information on opening times and charges.
Bus Services in St Albans - this map shows all bus routes, both local and further afield, which pass through St Albans.
Accommodation Map - for locations of all the hotels, inns and guest houses / B&Bs in the city and district.
Travelling By Car
Close to the M1 (junction 6), A1(M) and M25 (junctions 21A and 22), St Albans is easily accessible from all parts of the UK.
Click here to use the AAs handy route planner tool.
There is no parking at the Cathedral but you can find full details on car parks in St Albans here.
Travelling by Train
St Albans City railway station is just 20 minutes away from London’s St Pancras International Station on the First Capital Connect train line.
The line connects St Albans to a variety of other London underground stations including West Hampstead (Jubilee Line), Kentish Town (northern line) and Farringdon (Metropolitan, Circle, Hammersmith and City lines). There are also frequent services throughout the day and night, between St Albans and Gatwick airport (1 hour 15 mins), Brighton (2 hours), Bedford and London Luton Airport. You can connect with London Overground 's North London Line at West Hampstead Thameslink station.
You can plan your journey here.
St Albans Abbey station links St Albans with Watford Junction via the Abbey Line for National Rail connections to London Euston, the West Midlands and the North via the West Coast mainline.
Timetables and maps can be accessed on the Abbey Line website.
Travelling by Bus
St Albans City Centre is well connected on the local bus network with services from North London, Welwyn Garden City, Hatfield, Luton and Watford.
The Network St Albans pocket-sized map shows all of the bus services across the District. The map can be downloaded here or collected from the Tourist Information Centre (closed Sundays).
To save waiting at bus stops, it is now possible to get real-time information on the waiting times at many bus stops. This can also be accessed via a mobile phone application which you can download for free to your phone. To find out more, please visit the Intalink website.
Travelling by Coach
National Express Coaches provide services that link the neighbouring towns of Hatfield and Hemel Hempstead with Stansted, Heathrow, Luton, Gatwick, Oxford and Cambridge.
Travelling by Air
Both London Luton and Gatwick airports are directly linked to St Albans by rail. London Heathrow and Stansted airports are also easily accessible.
Access for people with disability
There is lift access to the Shrine chapel.
Ramps are provided through most of the Cathedral. Disabled toilet facilities are situated in the South Presbytery aisle (between the South Transept & the Retro Quire).
Wheelchair access is through the West Doors or the Slype.