St Albans (thus spelt, no apostrophe or dot) is the main urban area of the administrative St Albans District (also known as St Albans City, since the district has the status of a city), in southern Hertfordshire, England, just north of London.
Markets are held in the main street on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
The football team is St Albans City FC: their 'stadium' is Clarence Park and they play in the Ryman's Premier League. There is also the Old Albanian Rugby Club which has a large facility known as the Old Albanian sports complex or the Woolam Playing Fields.
There are two train stations: the city station is about 750 metres east of the city centre and is serviced by Thameslink. The abbey station is about one kilometre south of the city centre and is serviced by Silverlink: there is a single train running between St Albans and Watford Junction, starting a new round trip every 45 minutes during most of the day.
Housing is expensive relative to England in general, possibly due to fast commuting to London by train or maybe the large number of pubs. CAMRA has its head office in Hatfield Road and the local branch holds an annual beer festival in St Albans. In recent years this has been a four day event starting on Wednesday near the end of September.
Notable buildings include St Albans Cathedral.