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St Albans Charter Market - Street Guide

St Peters Street, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL3 5DU

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Introduction

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    • 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.
    • The route is approximately 434.85m (1,426.66 ft).

Getting Here

  • The majority of the market is pedestrianised with a small part on Market Place accessible to cars.
  • The market may have moving vehicles along it throughout the day.
  • There are bus stops in St Peters Street, which is served by multiple busses including the 304, 305, 657, S8, S9, 34, 300, 301, 84, 601, 724 and Sapphire 321.
  • The closest train station to the market is St Albans City.
  • There is a taxi rank on the east side of St Peters Street, at the Catherine Street end of the market.

Parking

  • There are 2 car parks available, which are in 150m off the market.
  • The first is the NCP Drovers Way Multi-storey Car Park.
  • The second is the Civic Centre Multi-storey Car Park.
  • There are Blue Badge bays within both car parks.
  • Parking is chargeable for everyone.
  • The Drovers Way car park is on the west side of the market.
  • The Civic Centre car park is on the east side of the market.

St Albans Charter Market Street Overview

  • St Albans Charter Street Market stretches from French Row at the south end, up to Catherine Street at the north end.
  • This market runs roughly 0.3 miles (approx 500m) along St Peters Street.
  • The market stalls are set up on the west side of the road.
  • The majority of this market is pedestrianised, with a small part at the south end, (Market Place, by French Row) having vehicles able to pass through.
  • The stalls sell a variety of different items, from fresh produce, to clothes and toys.
  • The market is open on a Wednesday and Saturday, 08:30 - 17:30.

French Row to Christopher Place

  • This part of the market is approximately 130m long.
  • The road leading along this part of the market has a block paving and cobbled surface which is quite uneven in places.
  • This path is also has a varied gradient, with a steep slope at French Row and a slight slope at the Christopher Place end.
  • There are bollards along the route, with a minimum width between them of 110cm.
  • There are a number of cafés and restaurants along the route.
  • There is some seating areas outside cafés along this part of the market.

Christopher Place to Market Place

  • This section of the street is roughly 120m long.
  • The surface here is a mixture of tarmac and block paving.
  • Half of this section is in a pedestrian area and the other half is along a road which is very quite on market days.
  • The market stalls along this part of the road are on both the east and west sides of the street.
  • The majority of the stalls along this part of the market are food stalls.
  • There is a very slight slope from the last part of the market.
  • The majority of the market surface is smooth but does have some parts which are uneven.
  • There is no seating areas/benches along this part of the market.

Market Place to Catherine Street

  • This part of the market is roughly 250m long, and runs along St Peters Street.
  • The market joins onto this street after roughly 50m and is all along the west side of the street.
  • There are retail shopping units and restaurants available on both the east and west sides of the street.
  • There is roughly a 1m gap between each stall.
  • This part of the market can get quite noisy as it is next to the road which is very busy, with buses, cars, taxis and lorries using it.
  • There are several bus stops available.
  • There is bench seating available along this part of the market.

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Toilet Facilities

  • There are no public toilets where the market is situated.
  • There are toilet facilities locates at the Drovers Way car park and the Civic Centre car park.
  • The Drovers Way car park has accessible and standard toilets.
  • The Civic Centre car park has a changing place and standard toilets.
  • Please see the linked car park guides for more information.