St Albans is a city in southern Hertfordshire,around 19 miles (31 km) north of central London.
It was the first major town on the old Roman road of Watling Street for travellers heading north and became the Roman city of Verulamium.
Albans South Signal Box
Albans Clock Tower
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Albans Cathedral is a Church of England cathedral church
within St Albans. At 84 metres, its naveis the longest of any
cathedral in England.
Local residents often call it "the abbey", although the present cathedral represents only the church of the old Benedictine abbey.
St Albans Clock TowerBuilt between 1403 and 1412, the Clock Tower is the only medieval town belfry in England. The tower with its fine bell has survived over 600 years of use. The Clock Tower was first and foremost a political statement. The townspeople used it to assert their freedom, power and wealth in the face of the premier Benedictine Abbey of England (now St Albans Cathedral). The Tower allowed the town to sound its own hours and, until 1863, the Curfew. Today you can climb to the top of the Tower and enjoy magnificent views of St Albans.
Verulamium Park The park is named after the Roman City of Verulamium on which it stands. The City walls and outline of the main London Gate can still be seen. Archaeological excavations were undertaken in the park during the 1930s by Sir Mortimer Wheeler and his wife Tessa, during which the 1800-year-old Hypocaust and its covering mosaic floor were discovered. The Hypocaust Mosaic is on view to the public and currently protected from the elements by a purpose-built building in the park.
Verulamium Museum The Museum of everyday life in Roman Britain. Verulamium Museum is on the site of one of the major cities in Roman Britain, now the attractive Verulamium Park. Inside you will find: recreated Roman rooms, hands-on Discovery Areas, video presentations, touch screen databases and some of the finest Roman mosaics and wall plasters outside the Mediterranean giving the visitor an opportunity to discover the life and times of a major Roman city.
St Albans South Signal Box Established by volunteers to restore and preserve the St Albans South signal box as part of our railway and architectural heritage. Continuous signalling demonstrations running on the operating floor. Railway videos and slideshow of the restoration running downstairs, with many signalling items on display, including single line 'tablet' machines, and other railway-related exhibits.