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St Albans, a delightful city in Hertfordshire, provides the ideal backdrop for a Valentine’s escape filled with love and charm. Its picturesque streets, stunning parks, lively arts and entertainment scene, exquisite dining and drinking options, outstanding accommodation, and idyllic setting create an unforgettable romantic experience.

6 Reasons to Visit St Albans this Valentine's
St Albans, UK – Photo by Michael Elliott on Unsplash

Enjoy St Albans has recommended this charming town, promising a perfect blend of history and intimate spots for a lovers’ escapade. Although I haven’t been there myself, I’m sure you’ll love wandering its streets and discovering all the hidden gems it has to offer.

Let’s discover what this quaint city offers, as we delve into their curated list of romantic experiences.

How to get to St Albans

St Albans, a charming city, can be easily accessed by train from London St Pancras International within 20 minutes. Alternatively, you can access it by road via A1, M1, and M25.

6 Reasons to Visit St Albans this Valentine’s

1. The Unique History of St Albans

Lady Chapel, St Albans Cathedral ©Toby Shepheard Photography

This picture-perfect city is packed with reminders of its rich heritage dating back more than 2000 years. Marvel at the magnificent St Albans Cathedral built using Roman bricks and a spectacular landmark of the city.

Meander past St Albans School, one of the oldest public schools in the world where Professor Stephen Hawking was a student, and wander to pretty St Michael’s Village. There you can take a pew in St Michael’s Church, one of the most significant surviving Anglo-Saxon buildings in the county. Capture the romance with a cute selfie in a city where the perfect backdrop is around every corner. 

2. St Albans is perfect for Culture Vultures

6 Reasons to Visit St Albans this Valentine's
Snuggle up at the Art Deco Odyssey Cinema ©Odyssey Cinema

Charming St Albans also has a thriving arts and entertainment scene. Check out the listings at the Alban Arena, a top entertainment venue with a huge choice of shows. Snuggle up and watch a romantic movie at the Art Deco Odyssey Cinema featuring an incredible range of titles and serves a wide choice of drinks and snacks.

You can also visit St Albans Museum + Gallery, a world-class centre for arts and culture with an inspiring programme of exhibitions. Drop by Verulamium Museum to discover some of the finest Roman mosaics and wall plaster outside the Mediterranean.

3. A Shopping Spree in St Albans

Treat your loved one at Wharton Goldsmiths on George Street ©Toby Shepheard Photography

If shopping is your pleasure, there are shops aplenty to suit all tastes and budgets. Wander the pretty streets and treat your loved one to a special gift or search for souvenirs of your romantic getaway.

The city is packed with independent shops, charming boutiques and well-known brands where you can find everything from jewellery to art and designer pieces to collectables.

If you visit on market day you will enjoy the buzz and energy of being outside in the community while shopping for everything you could want.

4. Top Food & Drink Opportunities

When it comes to food and drink, you’ll be spoilt for choice with over 100 restaurants, bistros, coffee shops and cafes to suit every taste. You’re never far from top-notch dining with many restaurants offering a delicious Valentine’s menu.

6 Reasons to Visit St Albans this Valentine's
Dine with your Valentines at Per Tutti in St Albans ©Toby Shepheard Photograph

For instance, you can go to the delightful Per Tutti or enjoy the cool ambience at The Ivy St Albans Brasserie. These charming places will surely impress that special someone with exquisite Mediterranean dishes.

The city also boasts a lively pub scene, with many establishments housed in stunning historic buildings complete with roaring fires. They provide a cosy atmosphere for you and your loved one. You can also reserve a seat in one of the city’s classy wine bars. They are perfect for either starting or ending a romantic evening.

5. Parks & Recreation

6 Reasons to Visit St Albans this Valentine's
Take a romantic stroll in pretty Clarence Park, St Albans ©Cecelina Tornberg

Just steps from the city centre sits the magnificent Verulamium Park. It is ideal for a romantic stroll with its stunning lake and abundant wildlife. Wander past the remains of the Roman Wall built to defend the Roman city of Verulamium and marvel at the Roman Mosaic and Hypocaust discovered during excavations in the 1930s. 

Take time out together in stunning and historic Verulamium Park, St Albans ©Cecelina Tornberg

Clarence Park is a 25-acre park just a short stroll from the centre. It features pretty flower beds, sports facilities and a historic bandstand.

Explore Heartwood Forest, the largest continuous new native forest in the UK, and enjoy nature and vast open spaces.

6. And So, To Bed

 ©Toby Shepheard Photograph
©The Samuel Ryder Hotel St Albans, Tapestry Collection by Hilton

If you’re planning a romantic getaway, then it’s important to find a beautiful place to stay that you’ll both enjoy.

Boutique hotel The Samuel Ryder Hotel St Albans, Tapestry Collection by Hilton is a great choice in the city centre. It features a stylish cocktail bar and desirable guestrooms.

6 Reasons to Visit St Albans this Valentine's
Indulge at Sopwell House Spa ©Sopwell House

Luxury hotel Sopwell House, located in 12 acres of beautiful Hertfordshire countryside, offers exceptional rooms and excellent amenities. They include a spa, a cocktail bar, an Asian restaurant, and a brasserie. 

Moreover, St. Michael’s Manor offers exemplary service, fine dining, and a charming lake for an unforgettable stay.

The city also has great value options including the Premier Inn and Travelodge both in the centre of the city. Consequently, you can be sure of a convenient and comfy sleep after a day of exploring. 

Plan your visit at www.enjoystalbans.com and stay for a day, a weekend or longer.

Cover photo: ©Cecelina Tornberg

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Eleanna is the founder of A Curious Compass and has been blogging since 2013. Her mixed ethnic background has made her curious about the world from a young age. Since her first solo trip at 18, she has visited and lived in many places, like London, Sao Paulo, Paris, and Toronto. Her mission is to inspire people to travel the world in style and get to know the soul of each destination.

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