St Albans Christmas Market

St Albans Cathedral, Sumpter Yard, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL1 1BY

07910 845 278

www.enjoystalbans.com/whats-on/ChristmasMarket/index.html

Guide Last Updated: 28/11/2017

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Access Guide

  • Monday 11:00 - 18:00.

  • Tuesday 11:00 - 18:00.

  • Wednesday 11:00 - 18:00.

  • Thursday 11:00 - 20:00.

  • Friday 11:00 - 18:00.

  • Saturday 10:00 - 18:00.

  • Sunday 10:00 - 18:00.

  • St Albans is easily accessed from both the M1 and M25 motorways.

  • The Christmas Market is off Holywell Hill and High Street in the centre of St Albans.

  • St Albans is served by two mainline stations; St Albans City Station (photo 1) and St Albans Abbey Station (photo 2).

  • St Albans City Station is a service from London St Pancras on the Midland Mainline.

  • St Albans Abbey Station is a service from Watford Junction and trains terminate here.

  • Bus Stop B is on Holywell Hill outside the cathedral (photo 3).

  • Buses from here are towards the city centre.

  • Bus Stop A is on Holywell Hill opposite the cathedral (photo 4).

  • Buses from here are towards Watford.

  • A bus service between the two rail stations stops at both these bus stops.

  • Neither bus stop has seating or shelter.

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  • The two nearest public car parks are Christopher Place Car Park and London Road Car Park.

  • Christopher Place Car Park is open Monday – Saturday (07.00 - 23.30) and Sunday (08.00 - 23.30).

  • This car park has parking charges.

  • London Road Car Park is open 24 hours.

  • This car park has parking charges and apply Monday - Saturday (07.30 - 18.30).

  • Blue Badge parking is free for 3 hours at London Road.

  • Westminster Lodge Car Park at the entrance to Verulamium Park is free for 2 hours.

  • There is pay and display on street parking on Hollywell Hill. This is for a maximum 2 hours.

  • Please click here for St Albans City Council parking information .

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  • Sumpter Yard, off Holywell Hill, gives vehicular and pedestrian access to the cathedral grounds.

  • There is no vehicular access for the public during the Christmas Market.

  • The pedestrian walkway on the left is a paved surface.

  • The paved surface is uneven with some cracked stones and gaps between the stones.

  • The entrance walkway is a steep slope.

  • The minimum width between the bollards to reach the Walled Vintry Garden is 120cm.

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  • The entrance to the Market on Sumpter Yard is accessed by a deep kerb and 4 deep steps without handrails.

  • The arched gateway has a width of 106cm.

  • There are a further 6 medium height steps beyond the gateway.

  • There are then 9 shallow steps without handrails to access the market. These steps are overcome by using the gardens steep path.

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  • Waxhouse Gate, off High Street, gives pedestrian access to the cathedral grounds.

  • The entrance is an open archway between the shops.

  • The opening width is 164cm.

  • The paved surface at the opening is even.

  • The walkway beyond the opening has a steep slope.

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  • This is the only step-free access into the Vintry Gardens Christmas Market.

  • This entrance is an open archway with a width of 91cm.

  • This entrance is accessed via steep slopes from either High Street or Village Arcade.

  • The approach to the gateway has a block paved surface.

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  • This entrance is between Sumpter Yard entrance and Waxhouse Gate entrance.

  • This entrance is in the middle of a steep slope.

  • This opening width is 90cm.

  • This entrance is accessed via 1 deep and 1 medium height step. There are no handrails at these steps.

  • The approach to this entrance has a paved surface.

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  • The Village Arcade is an indoor retail arcade.

  • The Village Arcade, off High Street, gives pedestrian access to the cathedral grounds.

  • The entrance is an opening between the shops.

  • There is an opening width of 160cm.

  • The narrowest point through the arcade is 150cm wide.

  • There is bench seating available in the arcade.

  • The arcade has a cobbled stone surface covered with a smooth black rubber coating.

  • Once through the arcade access to the Christmas Market is via a steep slope.

  • The slope is mainly block paved with some uneven jagged concrete sections.

  • The paved surface is even.

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  • Around the walled Vintry Garden are steep sloping paths.

  • The paths around the Vintry Garden have a paved surface which is uneven in places. This is due to some cracked stones and gaps between the stones.

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  • Around 40 wooden chalets help to create this magical Christmas themed market offering; food, drink, gifts, clothing, jewellery etc.

  • Access to the chalets is via 1-2 steps ranging from 6cm-20cm plus.

  • Fallen leaves may make these steps slippery when wet.

  • Chalet staff are able to serve anyone not able to negotiate the steps.

  • The grassed areas have a white hardened plastic floor covering. This may become slippery when wet.

  • The floor covering perimeter has rounded edging.

  • There are portable shallow hazard coverings in use.

  • There is a tarmac path around the market area approximately 150cm wide.

  • There is step-free access to the chalets from the Waxhouse Gate entrance to the Walled Vintry Gardens via this path.

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  • Four picnic tables with fixed seating are available in the centre of the Christmas Market.

  • The height of the tables is 72cm.

  • Food and drink from numerous Christmas themed food kiosks can be consumed here.

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  • The toilets are in the North Church Yard.

  • Access to the yard is through a pair of iron gates.

  • The gates are held open and have an opening width of 150cm.

  • There is a moderate slope beyond the gates.

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  • Accessible toilet facilities are available.

  • The toilet is not for the sole use of disabled people.

  • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.

  • This accessible toilet is located in the North Church Yard.

  • There is level access to this accessible toilet.

  • This is a unisex toilet.

  • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.

  • The door opens outwards.

  • The door is not push pad activated.

  • The door is locked by a twist lock.

  • The width of the accessible toilet door is 80cm (2ft 7in).

  • The door is light.

  • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 192cm x 130cm (6ft 4in x 4ft 3in).

  • There is not sufficient turning space in the cubicle for a wheelchair user.

  • There is not a lateral transfer space.

  • The tap type is lever.

  • There is a mixer tap.

  • There is not an emergency alarm.

  • Disposal facilities are available in the cubicle.

  • There is a/are open waste paper bin disposal units.

  • There is not a/are not coat hook(s).

  • Wall-mounted grab rails are available.

  • There is a shelf within the accessible toilet.

  • The shelf is not higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).

  • There is not a mirror.

  • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 46cm (1ft 6in).

  • There is not a hand dryer.

  • There is not a towel dispenser.

  • There is a toilet roll holder.

  • The toilet roll holder can be reached from seated on the toilet.

  • The toilet roll holder is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).

  • There is a wash basin.

  • The wash basin cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.

  • The wash basin is not placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).

  • The contrast between the external door and wall is poor.

  • The contrast between the internal door and wall is poor.

  • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is fair.

  • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.

  • The lighting levels are poor.

  • Baby change facilities are located within the venue.

  • Baby change facilities are located within the accessible toilet.

  • The height of the baby change table once extended is 72cm (2ft 4in).

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  • Standard toilet facilities are available.

  • The female and male toilet facilities that were surveyed are located in the North Church Yard.

  • Inside the venue, there is not level access to the female and male toilets.

  • Lighting levels are low.

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  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.

  • The step(s) is/are located leading to the male and female toilets.

  • There is/are 3 step(s) to the area/service.

  • There is not tactile paving at the top and bottom of the steps.

  • The step(s) is/are deep (18cm+).

  • There is not a/are not handrail(s) at the step(s).

  • The open doors to the toilet have a handrail fitted.

  • For the male toilets the handrail is on the left.

  • For the female toilets the handrail is on the right.

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