St Albans Christmas Market
St Albans Cathedral, Sumpter Yard, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL1 1BY
07910 845 278
Guide Last Updated: 28/11/2017
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.
The St Albans Christmas Market is within the Walled Vintry Gardens of the St Albans Cathedral site.
There is free entry and no ticket required to enter the market.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).