The architecture of St Albans
If you are the kind of person whose idea of architecture is “the older, the better”, St Albans is the place for you. For instance, while you will see plenty of 1930s mock Tudor semis around Clarence Park, in the centre of town, you’ll find plenty of true Tudor buildings.
The Grade II-listed Ye Olde Fighting Cocks has traditionally been a contender for the oldest pub in the country. That’s an argument we’re not getting into, but it’s fine boozer, as is The Snug, but Historic England’s pick of St Albans’ pubs is the Grade II*-listed White Hart.
Even older (early 15th century) is the Clock Tower, very much Grade I listed. Also getting the top level of protection from Historic England is the Abbey (aka the cathedral), substantial parts of which date to the 11th Century, although - don’t be fooled - a lot of it is actually late Victorian (but excellent late Victorian, we should hastily add.)