St Albans is a market town in Hertfordshire, about 22 miles from London and only 20 minutes on the train to St Pancras.
The St Albans district, which is 22 minutes outside London and 25 minutes from London Luton Airport, welcomed 1.6 million visitors in 2010*, who flocked to the city to immerse themselves in its colourful ancient history, Roman remains and stunning medieval architecture.
As well as all the history and architecture, the city has a wide variety of shops with many small independent shops among the high-street stores and a fantastic choice of restaurants and bars.
St Albans also has its fair share of attractions including Willows Farm and Butterfly World, set to be the next Eden Project. It’s also just 20 minutes from The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Leavesden.
St Albans is also a stone’s throw from some of the most prestigious film studios in the world (see notes to editors), and the organisers of the festival are optimistic that this annual event will put St Albans firmly on the movie tourism map.
Commenting on the city’s first-ever film festival, Councillor Read, portfolio holder for community engagement and localism at St Albans City and District Council, said: “ St Albans is a wonderful cathedral city with a vibrant culture and arts scene.
“Located just outside London, it has historic Roman ruins, beautiful medieval streets, a busy market, good restaurants and excellent shopping opportunities that together help attract visitors locally and from far afield.