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The twice-weekly street market, held every Wednesday and Saturday on St. Peters Street, is defined by its frantic pace. In contrast, modern off-street precincts and small specialty shops in St. Albans combine to create a unique, laid-back atmosphere the rest of the week.

The Past Times Shop, 33 Market Place (tel. 01727/812817), sells items that cover 12 historic eras. Here you'll find books on historic places, jewelry, clothes, and CDs featuring music from a variety of time periods.

For antiques, visit By George, 23 George St. (tel. 01727/853032). St. Albans's largest antiques center, the building also houses a tearoom and crafts arcade.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.