One of my aims this year is to discover new places in the UK. There really are so many places within driving distance that I have never seen. So this week my boyfriend picked a place and I got in the car not knowing where we were going to end up. An hour and a bit later (after I had made him sing a long to many disney songs!) we ended up in the quaint and pretty town of St Albans.
First stop, as always with us, was food! We had a wander around and ended up in the ‘Tudors restaurant’ which is part of the White Hart Hotel. It was a quiet and cosy pub restaurant and the food was delicious.
With full bellies we wrapped up warm again and walked to the cathedral which was just opposite the restaurant. It was huge and absolutely stunning inside and out. It is actually the oldest cathedral in Britain that is still regularly in use. There is something so peaceful to walking around a cathedral. Suddenly the world seems so much slower and it’s so nice to take that time to reflect.
Next we headed to the Verulamium Park which is 100 acres of greenery and wildlife. If we had left it up to my boyfriend Martyn we definitely would have got lost but I managed to find a map which lead us there after a slight unplanned detour.
Inside the park was a beautiful ornamental lake which was home to many ducks, swans and herons. I would love to see the park come alive in the summer.
The city centre was very quintessentially British. It had all the great well known shops mixed in with original independent stores. I couldn’t resist a visit to Lush to pick up some new bath bombs though!
I absolutely adore living in London. I love the energy and the buzz of the city yet as I visit more of these quieter towns I can definitely see the appeal. The sense of calm is something I love to relish in when I visit as it is such a contrast to the hustle and bustle (and stress!) of a capital city. Maybe one day I will take the leap to move out the city and will find myself in a similar town to St Albans. But for now I love discovering new places like it and paying a visit.
What are some of your favourite towns or cities? I need some more to add to my every growing travel list!