St Albans' history

July 24th 2017
By: Melanie
St Albans' history

School holiday summertime activities often include at least one historical trip and St Albans is fortunate to have so much history on its doorstep. Even though the Museum of St Alban’s closed in 2015 for redevelopment there is still plenty to see and do before the reopening in 2018. As ever the museum have a full and busy summer Holidays Activities programme to take a look http://www.stalbansmuseums.org.uk/blog/summer-holiday-activities/
 
Across the history rich city of St Albans and District are other sites, including the Verulamium Museum where you and the family can find out all about the everyday Roman life that used to be here. The museum is actually built on the site of one of the largest Roman settlements in Britain. [NB Verulamium Museum will be closed for essential maintenance between Monday 17 July and Friday 28 July inclusive.]
 
To see some of the remains of the Roman’s settlement you can stroll across Verulamium Park, to see the Hypocaust (Roman mosaic) and the remains of the Roman wall. Not far from there you can also visit the Roman Theatre and imagine what life was like in St Albans way back then.
 
Scooting through history there is also St Albans Medieval Clock Tower it is open on weekends between Easter and the end of September. It is well worth a look and the view from the top is worth climbing the 93 steps!
 
If you want to head out for a bit more of a walk and a country picnic the Sopwell Ruins help add a bit of history to the day. It is commonly called Sopwell Nunnery, but the ruins here should really be known as Lee Hall.  The ruins you can see today are all that remain of Sir Richard's Tudor mansion.  
 
https://www.allaboutstalbans.com/