St Albans market today is probably the most colourful and vibrant street market in the South of England. With over 160 stalls on Wednesdays and Saturdays, it offers everything from fish to fancy goods so you will be spoilt for choice. Where else could you buy a whole salmon, cut-to-size foam, healing crystals or herbs all in one place?
The market is steeped in History with a special Royal Charter granted in 1553. However, the market is well documented as far back as the 9th century.
The current day market is firmly established in the city centre and runs the length of St Peters Street offering an excellent shopping experience to compliment the established retail stores, such as British Home Stores, Marks and Spencer, T.K. Maxx and Boots plus many more.
There is also a farmers market held on the second Sunday of each month. The attraction of St Albans as a marketplace has been felt as far away as Europe, with continental markets often visiting from time to time. The market itself is almost unique in the diversity of goods it offers and attracts traders from as far away as Nottingham, Birmingham, and the extreme Southeast of Kent as well as closer to home. With up to 60% of traders having been here for 20 years or more, you can be assured that the standard of service will match the diversity and quality of goods available.
The St Albans Market is widely renowned as one of the best in the area, It was showcased in Market Times 2010 October Edition for its diversity and management. (See below)
The Quality of products and produce available at St Albans market has even won many awards, with a market stall even grabbing the top retail award above other permanent St Albans shops in a local 2009 retail awards event.
If you ever exhaust your interest in the market stalls and need a breather from the constant hustle and bustle that the market causes, the town centre of St Albans also offers some great permanent retail outlets and refreshments stores in which you can take a break and with Verulamium Park and what is arguably the oldest Pub in Britain only a 5 minute walk from the market, why not come and spend a day shopping in St Albans on market day?
The market opens early in the morning* and closes at approximately 4:30pm**
The Farmers market opens early in the morning* and closes at approximately 1:30pm**
*Once stalls have been set up and traders have arrived (times may vary)
**Closure times are subject to sales and stock levels
Unsung heroes keep the markets open during severe weather 7 Jan 2010
Market Times article - A Touch Of Class In Hertfordshire
"St Albans Market has class, quality and customers with cash in their pockets. Add to that a perfect location along the main shopping street and it's no wonder this market is bucking the recessionary trend....."