Getting ThereFrom London to St Albans City Station
Trains from St Pancras leave every 20 minutes or so from platform B. Trains from Blackfriars leave every half hour or so. Journey time varies from 20 minutes 9fast train) to 40 minutes on a slightly slower one. A standard day return is currently around the £20 mark
St Albans Magistrates Court (FPC) and County Court and Crown Court
The Court Building
St. Albans Hertfordshire
Court counter times: 8.30am – 4.30pm
Getting there from St Albans City Station
Walking (cheapest, 10 mins)
Turn right out of the main exit, walk up the slope and turn right again at the top onto Victoria Street. The road dips for a bit then there is a small incline. There are a few shops, cafes and houses on both sides of the road and an Iceland on the opposite side. You walk straight up until you come to Brickett Drive, turn right into that road and then almost immediate left into Civic drive, a cul de sac. The court is on the left up a slight incline directly opposite the St Albans Arena. There is also a car park by the Arena if you choose to drive in Taxi (5 minute ride) Outside the station entrance/exit there are a few taxis. Cost is approximately £5 to get to any of the Courts. Worth it if you’re running late or don’t fancy the declines and inclines of a Roman city.
The magistrates court has a small ‘tea bar’ on the right as you enter the building, past the security desk. Freshly brewed tea costs 80p and you can buy a selection of tea cakes, crisps and chocolates. You can also get fresh toast in the morning.
Outside the courts the nearest sandwich bar/sit in cafe is Cafe NESS. It’s very popular and usually packed with normal people. Lawyers either skulk off to the High street M&S or pick up a fresh sandwich from Cafe Ness. The staff is friendly and the sandwiches are of good quality.
THINGS TO DO IN ST ALBANS
St Albans is a pretty little Roman city in Herfordshire although the first glimpses of it from the train station give little indication of this. However, if you have time, this historic market town has much to offer by way of sightseeing. There is a beautiful cathedral, the Verulamium museum and park and a 15th century clock tower in the city centre.