More Information about St. Albans Cathedral, Hertfordshire, England
St. Albans Cathedral may not be as grand as York Minster or Winchester Cathedral but is no less interesting and in fact could be considered more interesting. How many cathedrals do you know of that are built using Roman bricks? The external fabric of the building shows all Roman bricks in the Great Tower, brick and flint construction in other parts such as the North and South Transepts and stone in the later additions seen in the West End.
When we arrived in St. Albans we made straight for the cathedral and availed ourselves of the toilets (couldn't be faulted) and then the self-service restaurant which provides a good standard, and variety, of refreshments. These, together with the gift shop, are actually in a relatively small 20th Century addition.
The grounds around the cathedral are not extensive but are, nevertheless, very pleasant and on the South side it abuts Verulamium Park.
Of particular note inside is the nave architecture, the 13th Century wall paintings, the Quire with its vaulted ceiling and Wallingford Screen and last, but certainly not least, the Shrine of Saint Alban with its Watching Chamber. This is not, by any means, a list of all there is to see.