St Albans Cathedral


Blessed Sacrament windowSt Albans Cathedral
Sumpter Yard
St Albans, AL1 1BY

Travel information

Access by road from A1 and M1 (from the North and South) or M25 (from West and East).

Easy rail access from London(approx 23 minutes from Kings Cross)on the Thameslink service through Central London from the South Coast and Gatwick to Luton and Bedford. The Silverlink service via Watford connects St Albans with the North London line and the West Coast main line to London Euston and Scotland.

St Albans has a comprehensive local bus network with services from North London, Welwyn Garden City, Hatfield, Luton and Watford. The Green Line service links St Albans with London Heathrow Airport and West London through to Harlow in Essex.


There is very limited parking, for Disabled Badge holders only in Sumpter Yard.
There are several multi-story car parks signed within the town. There is a large car park near Westminster Lodge at the bottom of the hill where there is also coach parking.

Visitor Hours

The Cathedral is open from 0900 to 1745 all year round. (We close at 1300 on Christmas Day)


There is no admission charge but we ask for donations.

Arranged visits

Guided Tours

Free daily guided tours are offered by the Honorary guides. 11.30am and 2.30 pm weekdays 11.30am and 2.00pm Saturdays 2.30pm Sundays

During school holidays there may also be special free Family Tours. Ring for details: +44 (0)1727 860780


Special pre-booked guided tours for groups can be tailored to special interests. Please contact the Cathedral Office Tel. +44 (0)1727 860780

School Visits

The award winning St Albans Cathedral Education Centre provides a fascinating and thought-provoking day which can allow children and adults to develop new skills and serve as a stimulus for further study. We offer a programme of trails and workshops to complement the National Curriculum which are suitable for pupils across the key stages. For more details or to make a booking contact:

The Education Officer, St Albans Cathedral Education Centre, Sumpter Yard, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL1 1BY

Tel: 01727 890212 Fax: 01727 836223





8.00 Holy Communion
9.30 Parish Communion (with Sunday Club)
11.15 Choral Eucharist (1st, 2nd, 4th Sundays)
Matins (3rd, 5th Sundays)
12.15 Holy Communion (3rd, 5th Sundays)
18.30pm Evensong

7.00 Morning Prayer
8.30 Morning Prayer (Bank Holiday)
7.30 Eucharist
9.00 Eucharist (Bank Holiday)
12.00 Eucharist
(Friday - Roman Catholic Mass, Wednesday - Book of Common Prayer)
17.00 Evensong
19.30 Eucharist (Thursday)

8.30 Morning Prayer
9.00 Eucharist
12.00 Eucharist
16.00 Choral Evensong


Worship page


Events page


    The Café at the Abbey serves coffee, lunch, tea, cakes etc. Pre-booking is essential for group catering
    A Gift Shop sells a wide variety of souvenirs, tapes and CDs and the Bookstall (in the Cathedral) specialises in guidebooks, postcards, cards, calendars and religious books.
    The Exhibition area tells the story of the Cathedral and Abbey church and its people in words and pictures.
    “Lucky Dip” Family Explorer Bags are available to keep younger children interested. (From Bookstall, free, £5 deposit required).
    Toilets and baby changing facilities are downstairs in the Chapter House.

Facilities for disabled

    There is level access via the Slype Door between the church and chapter house and ramped access on the north side of the nave. Inside there is ramped access to most ground floor areas. Wheelchairs available. There is an accessible toilet in the south ambulatory. There is a touch and hearing centre for the visually impaired and a Braille guide plan is available from the Information Desk.
    Special tours can be arranged for groups with special needs. The public address system has an inductive loop facility.

Further information


Information Desk or Cathedral Office

Telephone number

01727 860780

Email address

Facsimile number

01727 850944

Website address

St Albans Cathedral