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Magna Carta in St Albans - August 2013 - Book Now

This summer, St Albans commemorates the 800th anniversary of its unique heritage as a Magna Carta Charter Town as part of the national Magna Carta 800th celebrations.

The Magna Carta set out the basic rights and freedoms of common people, including the right to trial by jury. It also provided for regulation of the power of the monarchy. Since the 13th Century, it has continued to underpin legal systems across the world and is still relevant today, forming the basis of the constitution of countries such as the United States of America and Australia.

See below for more details on the events and activities taking place across the district to celebrate arguably history's most important document.

See the Magna Carta


St Albans Cathedral hosts the Magna Carta

From August 3rd to 29th, St Albans Cathedral is home to the Lincoln copy of the Magna Carta. One of only four original copies remaining, the Magna Carta is on display for the first time ever in St Albans Cathedral

Visitors can see up close this historic document in a climate-controlled environment and enjoy a short exhibition on the role St Albans Abbey played in the Magna Carta story.

Due to unprecedented demand for tickets there are now also evening viewings available on 21, 27, 28 and 29 Aug from 6pm - 8pm. See booking page for full opening times.

Tickets are available from, the Tourist Information Centre or on the door. Prices: advance booking Adult £3, Conc £2, on the door Adult £4, Conc £3.  U16s are free when accompanied by an adult.


Magna Carta Events


Magna Carta events and activities

Magna Carta Cathedral Guide and Trail - 3 to 29 Aug - Pick up a new 'Discover the early 13th Century Abbey' guide and explore the Cathedral as it would have looked 800 years ago. Guide costs £1. Available from Cathedral shop.

Magna Carta Children's Summer Workshop - 20, 27 Aug, 11am,2pm - Your children will get to see the Magna Carta, learn about the life of the monks at the Abbey, mix their own medieval ink, make their own coat of arms and stamp it medieval style. Suitable for 7 - 11 years.  Tickets £4 available from Cathedral bookshop or call 01727 890217.

Magna Carta Medieval Skills: Calligraphy sessions - 17, 25 Aug - Rosemary Stevens will displaying examples of 15th Century calligraphy in the Cathedral. Free entry. Sheepskin Parchment Making - 25 Aug, 1pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm, 3pm - Paul Wright shows the traditional skills used in making sheepskin parchment used to make the Magna Carta. Free entry.

Magna Carta Exhibition - now to 15 Sep - The Museum of St Albans presents an exhibition inspired by the values set out by churchmen and barons at the 1213 meeting in St Albans that led to the drafting of the Magna Carta. Details.


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