Archive for 2016

Christmas Opening Hours 2016

Posted on December 14th 2016

Tuesday 27th December (normal hours): 7.30-5.30pm. Wednesday 28th December: 8am - 4pm. Thursday 29th December: 8am – 4pm. Friday 30th December: 8am – 4pm. Saturday 31st (normal hours): 8-5pm. Monday 2nd January: CLOSED. Tuesday 3rd January normal hours: 7.30am-5:30pm.


Historical Houses and Fairytale Pubs

Posted on August 21st 2016

Once you’ve picked up your vehicle from St. Albans Car and Van Hire, depending on which direction you are driving in, there are a few buildings of interest which might cause you to take a short detour before setting off on your journey.


Childwickbury Fairs

Posted on August 14th 2016

Childwickbury, situated between St. Albans and Harpenden, in Hertfordshire, is very well known in the area for its annual fairs – the Childwickbury Art and Music Fair, and the magical Childwickbury Christmas Fair.


Cosmopolitan London Colney

Posted on July 25th 2016

Known as a dormitory or satellite village of St. Albans, where some villagers travel to work and shop, you would be wrong in thinking London Colney is a small, quiet village. It is actually one of the biggest villages in Britain, with a lively and cosmopolitan community, situated north of the country’s capital, and only about three miles from the centre of St. Albans, Hertfordshire.


Scarecrows and Structures in Flamstead

Posted on July 18th 2016

A little under eight miles from St. Albans, and only a few minutes’ drive from Dunstable, Hemel Hempstead, Luton and Harpenden, on a ridge above the River Ver, is the picturesque and historical dormitory village of Flamstead.


Drive Through Villages

Posted on July 11th 2016

As you drive out of St. Albans, having picked up your hire car or van, you will pass through several of the town’s surrounding villages. This article talks about a few of them, just so as you recognise the names as you’re passing through.


Places to visit around St. Albans

Posted on July 4th 2016

There are many villages in the vicinity of St. Albans, which might be worth a little drive to. Here are just a few of our suggestions…


Travel in Tewin

Posted on May 31st 2016

A London commuting village between the towns of Welwyn Garden City, Hertford, Stevenage and Welwyn, Tewin is a popular village in Hertfordshire, with a population of about 2000. It is about ten miles from St. Albans, directly accessible along the North Orbital Road, but sits in a wonderful rural landscape.


An Introduction to Porters Wood

Posted on May 16th 2016

Porters Wood, Hertfordshire, is less than two miles from the centre of St. Albans, a short drive from the Harpenden Road, and should take less than ten minutes in the car, so long as the traffic is kind!


Colney Coal Posts

Posted on May 11th 2016

Probably on many occasions you will have driven past these historical features in your car and either never have noticed them, or not thought anything of them. But back in the 19th century, if you had been travelling through Hertfordshire, they most definitely would have been a part of each and every journey you made.


All’s Well in Digswell

Posted on May 9th 2016

Digswell is an ancient Hertfordshire village, recorded in the 1086 Domesday Book. Part of the Digswell estate was sold at auction in 1922, to a group of the Garden City Movement, where much of the land was built on to become Welwyn Garden City.


Pretty Drive through Potters Crouch

Posted on May 8th 2016

Once you’ve picked up your vehicle from St. Albans Car and Van Hire, if it’s a scenic route towards the M1 you’re after, then a drive through Potters Crouch is the way to go. Designated as a conservation area in 1977, this small rural hamlet to the south west of St. Albans and to the west of Chiswell Green, is as picturesque as it gets for a village so close to the motorway.


Quaint Essendon

Posted on April 30th 2016

Just under a twelve mile car drive from St. Albans, is the quaint and fairly quiet village of Essendon. Within the civil parish of Hertfordshire, six miles south-west of Hertford and to the east of Hatfield Park, Essendon is situated 100 metres above sea level and provides wonderful views over the Lea Valley.


Get to see Gorgeous Gorhambury with St. Albans Car and Van Hire

Posted on April 21st 2016

Situated in Outer London, it’s hard to imagine a countryside scene right on St. Albans’ doorstep. However, the Gorhambury Estate, located on the edge of the city, is a picturesque rural estate saturated with heritage, history and a number of fascinating archaeological and historical sites, which are open to the public.


Three Peaks Challenge - raising money for The Sick Children’s Trust

Posted on April 10th 2016

We were delighted to be able to support Clare and Martin Bassett from St Albans when they took on the world famous Three Peaks challenge. Clare and Martin and their Minion's were raising money for ‘The Sick Children’s Trust’, and we were more than happy to be able to support them on their endeavour.


New Year Getaways

Posted on January 25th 2016

Despite all the adverts on the TV and radio, you might not have given your summer holiday plans a second thought as of yet. However, after all the stresses and strains of the Christmas period, some of you might be thinking about a weekend break away, and some of you might even have a New Year’s Resolution to travel more within the UK and Europe, visiting places and doing things you’ve not done before.


Getting to know St. Albans

Posted on January 19th 2016

On 23 and 24 January 2016, residents are being offered the opportunity to become tourists for the weekend, and visit the many places in and around St. Albans which they might not have explored before. The initiative has been named Residents: Enjoy St Albans, and has five different themes – Roman, Creative, Heritage, Active, and Nature.


Bailey's shoe boxes

Posted on January 4th 2016

Last year Bailey asked his mum if he could take some some shoe boxes up to London. His story touched us, so we just had to get involved.


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