St Albans

St Albans, Hertfordshire’s only city, has been welcoming visitors from far afield for over 2,000 years. First known as Verlamion, the Romans changed the name to Verulamium. By the early Middle Ages the city had become known as St Albans, after the first British Christian martyr, St Alban, who is reputed to be buried on the site where the Cathedral & Abbey Church now stands.

Today the city of St Albans is compact and easy to explore on foot. The magnificent Cathedral still dominates the skyline of the city and is best known for the shrine of St Alban and its medieval wall paintings. Beyond the Cathedral you can relax in the green oasis of Verulamium Park, 100 acres of tranquil parkland close to the heart of the city and the architectural heritage of St Michael’s village and Fishpool Street.

Verulamium park

Verulamium park is set in over 100 acres of beautiful parkland and was named after the Roman city of Verulamium on which it stands. Part of the city walls and an outline of the main London Gate can still be seen today along with an original Roman mosaic floor and its underfloor heating system. With magnificient views of the Cathedral and Abbey church take a stroll down to the ornamental lake and walk alongside the River Ver and look out for a wealth of waterbirds including swans, ducks,coots and great crested grebes to name but a few. The Park with its history and wildlife also plays host to special events during the year including a spectacular firework display in November. Sport is also a major player with football pitches, cricket pitches, tennis basketball and netball courts.

The Splash Park is open 7 days a week from Monday 1st May 2017 through to Sunday 3rd September 2017 and is FREE

The Splash Park

The Splash Park is a fantastic attraction to the park. The Splash Park is an interactive water feature allowing young children to play with water. It consists of a series of jets of water coming out of either the ground or from hanging “dragons and flowers”. Opening times are usually the first Sunday in May until the second Sunday in September between the hours of 10am to 6pm and is completely free of charge. Please note, with the current water situation there has been an article in the local paper that the Splash park may not open, so please check the Park or local authority website before coming.

Please note: All children under 8 years old should be accompanied by an adult and all users require parent/guardian supervision.

Verulamium Museum

Invaded every second weekend in the month by Roman soldiers who demonstrate the tactics and equipment of the Roman Imperial Army. The Museum has an attractive shop selling high quality souvenirs and books with affordable pocket money items for children. The Museum has a full calendar of events which go on through out the year. For more details on the museum:

 

The Hypocaust

A short walk across the park is the ‘Hypocaust building’, which contains an original Roman mosaic and its under-floor heating system. Stoked from a pit in a smaller adjoining room, hot air was drawn underneath the floor, which is supported on brick columns. It was once part of a large house. For more details visit this link.

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