We are busy transforming St Albans Cathedral for visitors - building a new Welcome Centre, planning a host of activities and creating new learning spaces for children and adults to enjoy. Whilst this work is taking place access to the building has been adapted.
Update: January 2019
In order to allow work on our new Exhibition Area to begin, the North Ambulatory (see area highlighted in red on the map below) will be closed to the public and will be used as a robing area for our clergy and Cathedral Choirs. As a result, there will be some changes to the route used on our guided tours.
We would like to thank our vistors for their patience and understanding whilst this work is carried out. We hope to see you at the official opening on St Alban’s Day 22 June 2019.
The footpath between the Abbey Orchard and Sumpter Yard is now closed. We understand that this is an inconvenience to those who regularly use the footpath and we would like to apologise to those affected. An alternative route is in place though the North Churchyard which is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Entry to the Cathedral itself is via the West End, Abbot's Door or the Cedar Tree Door in Sumpter Yard.
You can see a map of the alternative route and entrances to the Cathedral here:
The project will transform the way in which the Cathedral welcomes visitors and, together with the city’s new Museum + Gallery, will help to raise the profile of St Albans. The building works will bring us a step closer to the new facilities that we have all been waiting for:
- A welcome centre
- An educational centre for school children
- A compelling new presentation of the story of Alban
- An adult study centre and library
- Additional parish and visitor activities
- New opportunities for volunteers
- A wealth of interpretive materials in the Cathedral and its grounds.
Frequently Asked Questions:
How long will the footpath be closed for?
The closure is expected to last until Spring 2019.
Why does the footpath have to close?
The safety of members of the public is our first priority. The closure of this footpath has been deemed the safest option whilst we work to improve our visitor facilities.
Why is there building work taking place at the Cathedral?
The contractors on site are building a new Welcome Centre and renovating the Chapter House to accommodate significantly improved learning facilities as part of our Alban, Britain's First Saint Project. Ultimately, the project will provide better access, better visitor facilities and will raise the profile of both the Cathedral and the wider city of St Albans.
Is the Cathedral going to close during the building work?
No. We are open as usual to worshippers and visitors for the duration of the work. Entry is free and we will run our free, guided tours as normal.
Where can I find out more about the Cathedral and the project?