Alban Pilgrimage Celebrated In St Albans

Thousands of people will be heading to St Albans today for the Alban Pilgrimage - one of the biggest dates in the Christian calendar.

The Alban Pilgrimage is the biggest event on the Cathedral calendar, when the martyrdom of Saint Alban is recognised and his importance to the Christian history in this city. 

Two significant church leaders will be at the Alban Pilgrimage: the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby will attend and preach at the Eucharist, and the Archbishop of Rouen, Mgr Jean-Charles Descubes, will preach at Evensong.

But getting there could prove tricky with no Thameslink trains running between London and the city today or tomorrow and a bus replacement service in place. Full details on other options below.

The route begins at 11am from St Peter’s Church, St Albans, and continues to the Town Hall, where our guest, the Archbishop of Canterbury will address the crowd. The procession then continues past the Clock Tower ending at the West End of the Cathedral.

A Festival Eucharist will be held at noon lead by the Archbishop of Canterbury followed by afternoon activities for children.

A Q&A session will also be held with The Archbishop and visiting Bishops at 2:30pm.


Other travel options

Trains from London Euston to Watford Junction. You can then change onto the Abbey Flyer, which is the branch line running from Watford Junction to St Albans Abbey Station – allow about 15 minutes to walk from the Abbey Station, up the hill towards the city centre and St Peter’s church.
Trains from London Kings Cross (or Moorgate) to Hatfield. Once you reach the station at Hatfield, buses run very regularly into St Albans City Centre – Service nos. 724, 300 or 301 are the fastest bus routes running from Hatfield station to St Albans City Centre.
Trains running from Bedford to St Albans are not affected (but will terminate at St Albans City Station).

Details of all trains, disruptions and ticket prices can be found by  Details of Bus services which serve St Albans can be found here -
Alternatively, for those who choose to come by coach or minibus, we can provide parking. There are also numerous city centre car parks within St Albans City Centre – details can be found here:

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