St Albans Clock Tower

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St Albans Clock Tower
4.5
Points of Interest & Landmarks • Observation Decks & Towers
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Completed by 1405, the Clock Tower is the only surviving medieval town belfry in England and is designated as a Scheduled Ancient Monument. The tower with its fine bell has survived over 600 years of use. The Clock Tower was first and foremost a political statement. The townspeople used it to assert their freedom, power and wealth in the face of the premier Benedictine Abbey of England (now St Albans Cathedral). The Clock Tower is generally open from Easter (Good Friday) to the end of September, every Saturday and Sunday and Bank Holiday, between 10.30am and 5pm. Last admission 4.45pm. It is also sometimes open on other special occasions like Heritage Open Days (September), the Food & Drink 'Feastival' (September) and the Christmas Lights switch-on (November). Admission: Adults: £1. Children: free. Unfortunately the Clock Tower is not wheelchair or buggy accessible or for those who experience claustrophobia. The climb up to the top is via 93 very narrow and steep steps.
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Matty May
St. Albans, UK27 contributions
It’s a clock tower but, what a clock tower it is.
Apr 2021 • Family
Great little meeting spot in the city centre. It’s an interesting piece of architecture and it’s surrounded by a lot of places to spend time just relaxing.
Written May 18, 2021
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Jayne L
Sheffield, England, United Kingdom12 contributions
Definitely looks better when its sunny!!
Oct 2020
Last time we visited St Albans it was in sunny June 2012, this year it was rainy October. But still an enjoyable day out wandering around the little shops in St Albans.
Written October 29, 2020
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Ladyyy2013
Grantham, UK182 contributions
Closed due to COVID but informative outside.
Oct 2020
While the clocktower remains closed until further notice due to cope with 19. and while it’s disappointing not to be able to go up and see the view from the top, especially at only £1 per person and children are free, it’s still worth stopping by. There is a sign of information outside and it’s interesting to read the history of this place
Written October 25, 2020
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Big_Jeff_Leo
St Helens, UK14,823 contributions
Its Closed - Be aware!
Oct 2020
Although the tower is closed due to the Void situation and therefore you cannot climb it to take in the views.......you can still admire it and its history up close and from ground level.
Written October 25, 2020
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Peter Y
37 contributions
You need to be fit!
Nov 2019
Great walk up those ancient steps, rewarded by a stunning view. Well worth the effort but need a rest!
Written October 1, 2020
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derekmcl2015
St. Albans, UK231 contributions
A rare pleasure
Sep 2019
I was walking through St Albans Market one sunny Saturday afternoon when I saw that the clock tower was open to visitors. It is opened at weekends in the summer and staffed by volunteers.
The clock mechanism is fascinating but the real revelation is how small and definitely less corpulent (than me) they were in those days. However, making the effort to climb to the roof affords wonderful views over St Albans.
Written March 6, 2020
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sugarrose
London, UK92 contributions
Shame
Jan 2020 • Family
Very disappointed to find this tower closed even tho we checked online and it said open. So bear this in mind we had 2 disappointed children but visited the cathedral which was amazing.
Written January 26, 2020
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Dear sugarrose - we're sorry you were unable to visit - the Tower is generally open between Easter and the end of September which we make clear on the Museums website, St Albans tourism website and other listings we have control of.
Written January 27, 2020
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1949etwall
Ashbourne, UK1,561 contributions
Part of the historic streetscape
Jan 2020 • Friends
Not the reason to visit St Albans- but this is a key structure in the historic centre of St Albans. Well signed with its relationships to various events in the past history, and relationship to local buildings.
It is features like this which create the atmosphere of the city.
Written January 25, 2020
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Jaybird
Chesterfield, UK3,324 contributions
Focal Point
Jan 2020 • Couples
Lovely to see. A pity the clock is not working but another sight to take in on our whistle stop trip
Written January 24, 2020
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Inspiration716879
8 contributions
Curfew Bell.
Sep 2019
St.Albans Clock Tower was erected at the beginning of the 15th.Century. It was built to sound the curfew for the citizens of St.Albans to be in their homes by a certain time in the evening.
During the Wars of the Roses in the second half of the 15th.Century, two battles were fought in and around St.Albans. The First was fought around the Clock Tower and up St.Peters Street the main thoroughfare through the city, and the second was fought to the North East of the city around Sandridge Road and Bernard’s Heath.
Written November 28, 2019
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