Visiting St Alban’s

The Royal English College of St Alban’s in Valladolid has served as a house of formation for English and Welsh seminarians since it was established by Father Robert Persons in 1589. Many of the early students returned home to give their lives in a valiant effort to keep the flame of faith alive during penal times.

The courage of these great men, including six saints, 16 beatified martyrs and one acknowledged as Venerable, has inspired generations of seminarians and continues to lift the hearts of our students as they test their vocations to the priesthood today.

We are keen to share the rich history, deep spirituality and replenishing prayer life of our college with guests from the English-speaking world.

We hope those who join us on part of our journey as we walk the corridors of St Alban’s in the footsteps of the martyrs and pray in the chapel in which they once knelt will, like us, feel their faith being fired with a new enthusiasm.

Although our primary focus is always priestly formation of the seminarians, when we are able to do so we warmly welcome groups and individual visitors who would like to learn more about St Alban’s crucial role in the life of the Catholic Church over the past 450 years and how it continues to serve faithful of today by helping to train the priests of tomorrow.

The city of Valladolid also has a great deal to offer visitors, especially in terms of its historical buildings and cultural activities.

If you would like to come for a short stay or organise a retreat for your group, or even if you would just like to arrange a day visit, please email

Canon Paul Farrer, Rector

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