Spend a city break in the cathedral city of St Albans and you’ll discover what made the Major of London, Boris Johnson, call it “a miniature Britain”.
Close to St Albans Cathedral – one of Britain’s foremost monasteries 1,000 years ago and also one of the oldest places of Christian worship – there are many other historic sites. These include England’s oldest pub and one of its oldest public schools, the country’s only working medieval clock tower and one of the only visible Roman theatres.
St Albans is also amongst the most vibrant and contemporary of English cities, with a thriving independent music scene, a bustling Sunday market, and award-winning shopping and restaurants.
Summer is a great time to stroll round the central Verulamium park, through which Boudicca is said to have rampaged, where remnants of the city walls, including the entrance, can still be seen. There is also a splash park, outdoor gym and beach volleyball courts.
Stay in a haunted Tudor inn such as the 15th century White Hart Hotel, just one of a number of beautiful Tudor buildings lining the central Holywell Hill, and just opposite the cathedral.