St Albans Cathedral receives tourism award

St Albans Cathedral [Picture: Alan Davies]

St Albans Cathedral [Picture: Alan Davies] - Credit: Archant

St Albans Cathedral has received a top tourism award for the third year in succession.

St Albans Cathedral's tower from the crossing

St Albans Cathedral's tower from the crossing - Credit: Archant

The Abbey has received a 2017 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award.

Now in its sixth year, the award celebrates excellence in hospitality and is given only to establishments that consistently achieve top rating reviews on the world’s largest travel site.

This is the third year in a row that St Albans Cathedral has been awarded this status.

Canon Kevin Walton said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive this accolade from our visitors.

St Albans Cathedral has received a 2017 Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence award

St Albans Cathedral has received a 2017 Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence award - Credit: Archant

“As the home of Britain’s first saint, and with such a rich tapestry of history and spiritual depth, together with a warm welcome for all, we have always known that St Albans Cathedral offers a unique experience.

“We look forward to welcoming many more visitors during the busy summer months.”

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The Cathedral runs free daily guided tours for visitors and has a busy programme of events.

The unique Alban Pilgrimage took place on Saturday – a spectacular city-wide celebration as giant puppets take to the streets and retell the dramatic story of St Alban.

There are regular children’s events at the Cathedral in the school holidays with historical trails and craft activities, tower tours which take visitors through medieval passageways up to the top of the Norman Tower, and concerts throughout the year.

St Albans Cathedral stands on the site of St Alban’s burial and is the oldest place of continuous Christian worship in the country.

The building includes an eclectic mix of architectural styles spanning a millennium and contains recycled Roman bricks from Verulamium.

The Cathedral also boasts the longest nave in England, and has recently installed seven new statues of martyrs in the nave screen.

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