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St Albans Clock Tower

High Street, St Albans AL3 4EL, England
+44 1727 751810
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Inexpensive and Offers a Good View

The clock tower, in the center of St. Albans, is worth a climb up, which only costs 1£. The top is... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Teledawg
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Portland, Maine
Great Piece Of History...

Built over 600 years ago at the bottom of Market Place sits this wonderful piece of history that we... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Nidgehammer
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Stevenage, United Kingdom
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Built between 1403 and 1412, the Clock Tower is the only 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 approximately 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 Festival (September) and the Christmas Lights switch-on (December). 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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“worth the climb” (18 reviews)
“focal point” (7 reviews)
“medieval town” (6 reviews)
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High Street, St Albans AL3 4EL, England
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+44 1727 751810
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Reviewed 6 days ago

The clock tower, in the center of St. Albans, is worth a climb up, which only costs 1£. The top is only about 75-100 ft (30m) high. Be advised that the stair case is quite tight and winding--large persons will probably not enjoy the climb....More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Built over 600 years ago at the bottom of Market Place sits this wonderful piece of history that we climbed to the top of for the princely price of one British pound. Used during the Napoleonic war to send telegraph messages to Lowestoft from London,...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had just had lunch opposite at Zizi's and so thought climbing the medieval tower might aid reduce the extra calories we had just piled up. We were warmly welcomed at the entrance by informative volunteer staff, only charged £1 entrance (kids free) and then...More

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Reviewed 1 April 2018 via mobile

Double check that it’s open as it is closed most of the time. It is normally open at weekends. It’s only £1 to get it. The stairs can get very narrow and the doors are small. It has one of the best views of St...More

Thank Tom S
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Reviewed 11 March 2018

The picture pretty well sums up this feature which was built about 1420. It is in excellent condition so one must assume it has undergone substantial refurbishment.

Thank Devin T
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Reviewed 4 March 2018

If you have nothing else to do in St-Albans, just enjoy great views form the Clock Tower. Nice little attraction right in the city centre.

Thank Angie A
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Reviewed 3 March 2018 via mobile

Well worth a visit as you have fabulous views of the town and the surrounding countryside. Not open all the time but check openings before you visit.

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Reviewed 23 February 2018 via mobile

Lovely family visit. Really enjoyed, recommend cheese Board. Only frustration is the website slows to a stop once a month when non members allowed to book.

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Reviewed 12 February 2018

You can’t miss this clock if you are walking around town and it is a great example of historic town building It is well worth seeking out, we were unable to see inside on a Sunday but suspect it would be flood fun to explore...More

Thank Barry B
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Reviewed 24 January 2018

well worth a visit to this historic building in the bustling town centre of St Albans nor always open so check first if you wish to go to the top

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Helen S
8 February 2015|
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Response from Mostyns | Reviewed this property |
Check the St Albans tourist website but from recollection this attraction is open weekends from Easter to September 1030am to 5pm with a few extra days like bank holidays and residents first weekend.The cost of entry this... More
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Helen S
8 February 2015|
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Response from AndyCLawrence |
The Clock Tower is open every Saturday and Sunday from Good Friday until the end of September. It is opened at 10:30 am and closes at 5pm. Cost of entry is £1 for adults and children are free
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