The park is 160 acres of beautiful parkland, with plenty of open space to play. There is a large children’s play area and family friendly café open all year round, and a toddler splash park to cool off on warm summer days (2014 opening dates 5th May to 14th September). The London 2012 Olympic Legacy is clear to see with a beach volleyball court and the adiZone outdoor multi-gym facility, suitable for all ages.
Car parking available at Westminster Lodge Leisure Centre or St Michael’s Village
Address: St Albans AL3 4SW
Telephone: 01727 819366
Set amongst 27 acres, visitors can wonder at hundreds of butterflies in the Tropical Butterfly House, visit the insect study centre with regular Insect Handling Sessions, and Ant World with colonies of leaf cutter ants. Outside, enjoy outstanding designer gardens, the Chrysalis Lake, a large natural play area and beautiful wild-flower meadows. Free car parking. Nectar House Café and shop on site. Open late March to early November.
Address: Miriam Lane, Off Noke Lane, Chiswell Green, Herts AL2 3NY
St Albans Cathedral
The Cathedral dominates the city’s skyline from every approach. Its architecture is a blend of many different periods, and its great tower includes Roman bricks salvaged from the ruins of Verulamium. It is best known for the shrine of St Alban, Britain’s first Christian Saint, which continues to attract pilgrims from far and wide.
Address: Sumpter Yard, Holywell Hill, St Albans AL1 1BY
Award-winning museum, displaying beautiful objects from the Roman City of Verulamium, featuring superb mosaics and re-created Roman rooms giving the visitor an opportunity to discover the life and times of a major Roman city. Legion XIIII, a re-enactment group, occupies the galleries on the second weekend of each month explaining the tactics and equipment of the Roman army.
Address: St Michael’s Street, St Albans AL3 4SW
Willows Farm Village
Willows Farm Village offers a wonderful family day out with a fun packed programme of farmyard animals adventure play, fun fair rides, children’s shows, falconry displays and tractor rides. They have plenty of indoor adventure soft play too.
Address: Coursers Road, London Colney, St Albans AL4 0PF
Telephone: 0870 129 9718
At Westminster Lodge, toddlers can explore the water-confidence area, with slides and other fun equipment. Older children can try the youth gym, or the challenge of the climbing walls. There’s also the swimming pools and sports hall, catering for a variety of sports.
Address: Holywell Hill, St Albans AL1 2DL
Telephone: 08450 306030
DJ’s Jungle Adventure
DJ’s Jungle Adventure is an exciting Hertfordshire soft play centre, where your little one will love playing, climbing and jumping and while they’re busy tiring themselves out, you can sit back and enjoy a relaxing drink or snack.
Address: 156 St Albans Rd, Sandridge AL4 9LP
Telephone: 01727 844991
Adventure World, London Colney
Adventure World is the perfect place for children. Under-fives can let their imagination run wild in the indoor world of toys and games, whilst older children can make the most of the innovative choice of adventure climbs. All activities are fully supervised, so parents get the chance to relax in the cafeteria and lounge.
Address: London Colney Recreation Centre, Perham Way, London Colney, St Albans AL2 1LB
Telephone: 01727 822447
Big Space, Harpenden
Big Space aim to involve the whole family, with parent-friendly equipment so you can watch or join in. Adventure play equipment for kids up to 12 years, plus a coffee bar and lounge and much more.
Address: Unit 3, Southdown Industrial Estate, Harpenden AL5 1PW
Telephone: 01582 766100