High Street, St Albans, AL3 4EL
A Symbol of Civic Pride
The Clock Tower is a rare example of a medieval belfry. The people of St Albans built the tower sometime between 1403 and 1412 as a symbol of their resistance against the power of the abbot of St Albans.
Today, the tower still stands face to face with the abbey's tower and provides fantastic views across the medieval town and far into the Hertfordshire countryside.
The Clock Tower is generally open from Easter (Good Friday) to the end of September, every Saturday and Sunday, 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).
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It is opened thanks to the committment of volunteers called 'Clockateers' from the Civic Society and SAHAAS (The St Albans and Hertfordshire Architectural & Archaeological Society).
Adults: £1. Children: free.
Directions & parking
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The Clock Tower is the the town centre, a 1 minute walk from the Town Hall and market place and 4 minutes from the Abbey (through Waxhouse Gate, an archway opposite).
Pay-and-display public car parks are signposted throughout the town centre and they are only a short walk away from the Clock Tower.
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.
A paper by F G Kitton on the origin and history of the Clock Tower is available from The St Albans and Hertfordshire Architectural & Archaeological Society's website.