Set in the rolling hills of the Hertfordshire countryside and just a stone's throw north of London, St Albans is a historic city with much to offer the visitor. Booking car hire in St Albans will help you to make the most of the city and its surroundings with easy access to the M25 and M1 and a short drive into London...
The cathedral and Abbey Church of St Albans dominate the ancient city and its roots as a centre of pilgrimage date back to the 3rd century. Today, many come to admire the impressive buildings and the Alban Pilgrimage is a modern day celebration or martyrdom using carnival to bring the stories to life.
However, there is more to the city and by opting for car rental in St Albans you will be able to explore the area with ease. Within the town centre you'll find the clock tower dating back to the early 15th century, many buildings dating back three and four centuries still used by local businesses and as residences, as well as a well-respected street market on St Peter's Street which acts as a focal point to trading in the city each Wednesday and Saturday.
Within the city boundaries you will also find the Verulamium Museum which covers the Roman settlement which was built in the area. Here you'll find many relics including mosaics and a Roman theatre.
The Royal National Rose Society Gardens are also found locally, with fragrant blooms on show through the summer months. Butterfly World is also nearby and well worth a visit.
London's Luton (LTN) is the nearest airport to the city, reached via fast roads and the M1. You can pick up your hire car here or at one of a number of downtown locations in St Albans. To find the best price on car hire in St Albans, use TravelSupermarket's search tool to the left.
It's well worth considering car rental; St Albans and the surrounding areas have a lot to offer...
No visit to St Albans would be complete without a walk in the Heartwood Forest. As the largest native wood forest in England, its free car park makes it easy to visit and you can enjoy walks in the ancient woodland, looking out for barn owls.
The area is also packed with impressive country houses. Hatfield House is set in parkland and is a fine Jacobean mansion open to the public for viewing. You can also enjoy the farm and shops on site, as well as restaurants and cafes. Elizabeth I spent much of her childhood here and it has plenty of history to become engrossed in.
Knebworth House and Gardens are just a few miles from St Albans near Stevenage and contrasts nicely to Hatfield, being a Gothic mansion. You can explore the house on tours, as well as the gardens and its dinosaur hunt. The location is well known as a venue for rock concerts, with Oasis, Robbie Williams and Led Zeppelin the most famous over the years. The house has also been used for pop videos.
For fans of Harry Potter, it's just a short drive to the Watford area to enjoy the Warner Brothers Studio Tour of film sets and items from the famous film franchise. Visit Hogwarts and its Great Hall, walk along Diagon Alley and ride a broomstick on a Harry Potter themed flight. It's great for both kids and adults alike.
For animal lovers, Woburn Abbey and Safari Park or Whipsnade Zoo are both within striking distance from St Albans. Woburn is home to elephants, tigers, lions, giraffe, rhino and much more, with the animals kept in the glorious countryside of the park. Drive your hire car through the enclosures and get up close and personal to the animals.