North Orbital Road (A414)
St Albans is one of our closest hot air balloon sites to London. Situated in South Hertfordshire, this ancient Roman town boasts incredible medieval architecture and picturesque countryside that truly is best seen from the sky.
After the Roman conquest of Britain in AD 43 the town became the largest settlement until the revolt of Boudicca in AD 60 – 61 which saw it fall as it was burnt down. But many tell-tale signs of its heritage remain to this day.
An array of historic attractions promise to catch your eye as you rise towards the clouds, including the Abbey Church, which dominates the city’s skyline.
As you reach incredible heights of up to 2,500ft, depending on which way the wind takes your adventure, you may also see the Roman Theatre of Verulamium built around 140 AD.
St Albans clock tower, which was built between 1403 and 1412 as a look out, could also appear beneath the basket before you set out over Hertfordshire’s beautiful landscape beyond.
On a clear day you can even see London’s Canary Warf in the distance as you float over this beautiful county in an iconic Virgin red balloon.
After landing you can celebrate your St Albans hot air balloon trip with a traditional Champagne toast, before receiving your flight certificate and retrieval service back to Verulamians Rugby Football Club in the village of London Colney where your adventure started.
See St Albans from the sky on this once-in-a-lifetime experience.
From the M25 exit at Junction 22 and head onto the A1081 signposted for St Albans. Follow this road for just over a mile and you will come to the London Colney Roundabout. Take the second exit on the A414 signposted for Hemel Hempstead and the entrance to the Rugby Football club is about 500 yards on your left, signposted Sports Ground, St Albans Irish Centre and London Colney FC.
As you drive down the track, take the left fork into the car park. The launch field is on the left hand side.