St Albans Cathedral Receives Tourism Award

St Albans Cathedral has received a 2017 Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence award. Now in its sixth year, the award celebrates excellence in hospitality and is given only to establishments that consistently achieve top rating reviews on the world’s largest travel site.

This is the third year in a row that the Cathedral has been awarded this status. Canon Kevin Walton commented, “We are absolutely delighted to receive this accolade from our visitors. As the home of Britain’s first saint, and with such a rich tapestry of history and spiritual depth, together with a warm welcome for all, we have always known that St Albans Cathedral offers a unique experience. We look forward to welcoming many more visitors during the busy summer months.”

The Cathedral runs free daily guided tours for visitors and has a busy programme of events.  The unique Alban Pilgrimage takes place every June – a spectacular city wide celebration as giant puppets take to the streets and retell the dramatic story of St Alban. There are regular children’s events in the school holidays with historical trails and craft activities, tower tours which take visitors through medieval passageways up to the top of the Norman Tower and concerts throughout the year.

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Notes for Editors

St Albans & St Albans Cathedral

  • St Albans city is named after Britain’s first saint, Alban. Before that, its Roman name was Verulamium. Alban’s place of burial quickly became a national place of pilgrimage and thousands of people continue to visit the Shrine of St Alban each year.
  • St Albans Cathedral stands on the site of St Alban’s burial. It is the oldest place of continuous Christian worship in the country. The building itself includes an eclectic mix of architectural styles spanning a millennium and contains recycled Roman bricks from Verulamium.
  • Of special interest for visitors are the 13th century wall paintings, a rare ‘watching loft’ and the medieval shrines of St Alban and St Amphibalus, the priest who converted Alban to Christianity. The Cathedral also boasts the longest nave in England and has recently installed seven new statues of martyrs in the nave screen.

Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence

  • When selecting Certificate of Excellence winners, TripAdvisor uses a proprietary algorithm to determine the honourees that takes into account the quality, quantity and recency of reviews and opinions submitted by travellers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period as well as business’s tenure and ranking on the Popularity Index on the site. 
  • To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.


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