St Albans Cathedral

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The historic cathedral is beautifully situated in the town centre and overlooking acres of parkland. Car parking is limited – especially on a market day. There are two train stations and a wonderful bus network. There are four disabled parking bays in the cathedral precincts.

There is no admission charge, but I hope visitors will donate something to the upkeep of this very ancient building. I started my visit at the Cafe – now sub contracted and waitress service, but service is very slow – ordering and waiting for food. I suggest one of many cafes in the town. There is an amazing choice, and all close to the cathedral.

I complained about the smell in the gents toilet. I don't think the urinals were flushed at all. The main toilets are down steep steps opposite the cafe entrance. There is a disabled toilet elsewhere.

Being such an old building, there are many steps but slopes are provided where possible. The Shrine of St Alban has a wheel chair lift, but the volunteer receptionist (also near the cafe) was not sure of the location of this or how to operate it – actually quite easy.

Look for guides if you have any questions. They provide regular free tours of the cathedral as well. The small gift shop and separate book shop have many interesting items, but some are rather expensive. These are staffed by well meaning volunteers, sometimes more intent on their knitting or chatting to each other!

The cathedral provides regular services for all faiths, and has a regular programme of music. It is well worth a visit at any time and will appeal to all visitors, whether you have an interest in religion, history or architecture.

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