Living in St Albans 

March 19th 2018
By: Melanie Hollidge
Living in St Albans 

Living in St Albans offers a fine balance between the Medieval and the modern.  Many people from north London settle in St Albans attracted by the green, leafy and suburban feel of the place. That feel and the easy-commute just 20 miles to London gives the city its appeal.

People have been living in St Albans forever. There was a large Celtic settlement in the St Albans area even before the Romans came marching in to pin Verulamium onto their colonial map. Almost every age has left its mark on this historic Hertfordshire town. From the Roman era there remain walls and mosaics, the middle ages left the town its magnificent abbey church and there are coaching inns, churches, alms-houses, and many fine Georgian homes. 

St Albans is now a busy, modern market town and for such an ancient town it has a surprisingly large range of properties. In St Albans, you can find everything from medieval cottages close to the cathedral, to Georgian houses, Victorian houses and cottages, Edwardian and more modern houses built in the Twenties, Thirties and later. 

Transport wise St Albans sits conveniently between the M1 and the A1. Trains from St Albans station take 20 minutes to St Pancras and 25 minutes to Farringdon. The other huge plus is the surrounding Hertfordshire countryside. 

And there are plenty of good schools for the family if you are planning on living in St Albans. There are three single-sex comprehensives: for girls, there’s Loreto College and St Albans Girls, and for boys, there is Verulam; the top-performing mixed comprehensives are Marlborough, Beaumont and Sandringham. The two top private schools are St Albans which takes boys from 11 to 19, physicist Stephen Hawking went there, and St Albans High School for Girls which takes girls from age four to 18.