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Visit St Albans Markets

Open-air markets are the hub of most any city or town in the developing world. The reasons are far more than commercial; this is where people connect with the substance of their lives through the experiences of other people—real, physical connexions.
—From Against the Grain by Richard Manning published by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux in 2012

Getting here

Our address

St Peter’s Street, St Albans AL1 3ED

Public transport

Bus

230, 300, 301, 302, 304, 305, 357, 361, 601 The Alban Way, 602, 653 Tigermoth, S4, S5, and S6.

Railway

The nearest stations are St Albans Abbey and St Albans City.

When to come to the markets

The Charter Market is open on Wednesdays and Saturdays between and . The Farmers Market takes place on the second Sunday of each month between and .

To never miss one of our markets (including antiques and vegan) download the following calendar to your computer or smart device:

  1. St Albans Markets 2022

What to buy

We host 138 traders over our three markets.

The Charter Market is a general market with produce, gifts, and homeware for sale as well as a selection of international street food. You can also find watch and phone repairs.

The farmers market focuses on local food and drink, sustainable arts and crafts, and much more.

St Albans Virtual Market

Whether you have a craving for international street food, a picture that isn’t going to frame itself, or a sudden thirst for small-batch–artisanal-gin; we know that some of you are too impatient to wait for the next market day. Whilst many of our traders are old-school market grafters up for a haggle, down for a deal, and incapable of living indoors; more than a few will cater to your needs online.

So if you’re agoraphobic (agora being Greek for a market) or can’t face a busy shambles (shambles being the word for the area of market where butchery takes place), but you still want quality at cheap prices (cheap being old English for a market), then choose one of the following categories to get links to a selection of our Charter and Farmers market traders:

Beer, cider, perry, and spirits
  • Griffiths BrothersWe’re a family run distillery in the Buckinghamshire village of Penn Street, deep in the Chiltern Hills
  • Watergull Orchardsa Family Owned and Run Business For Over 20 years, Producing Single Variety Apple Juices, Mixed Flavour Juices, Pear Juice and Cider. All From Tree To Bottle Within Cambridgeshire.

Learn the history

The market was established in circa 860 by Wulsin, the sixth abbot of St Albans.

Following the dissolution of the monasteries, the right to hold the market on Wednesdays and Saturdays were sold to the town in 1553 via letters patent by Edward VI which also incorporated St Albans as a borough.

Learn more about the history of St Albans Market on Wikipedia.

Our market today

The following sketches of our market were made in 2022 and are reproduced here with the kind permission of local artist Rydal Hanbury. Follow Rydal on Instagram to keep up with her latest work.

Support our markets

If you love St Albans Charter Markets, help them to grow by leaving reviews and sharing photos on:

Keep the love coming for St Albans Farmers Market:

Further information is also available on the Enjoy St Albans market page.

Visit the St Albans Antiques Market

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The St Albans Antiques Market is held in the same place as the Charter and Farmers Markets on the third Sunday of each month (except November). For more information please visit St Albans Antiques Market’s website.

Visit the Vegan Market

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The St Albans Vegan Market is held in the same place as the Charter and Farmers markets.

The dates for are:

For more information please visit St Albans Vegan Market’s website.

Visit Harpenden Farmers’ Market

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Information about visiting Harpenden Farmers’ Market can be found on Harpenden Town Council’s markets webpage.

Visit Redbourn Village Market

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Information about visiting Redbourn Village Market can be found on Redbourn Village Market’s webpage.