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St Albans Clock Tower will reopen to visitors on Saturday 26 June and will be open Saturdays and Sundays.

To ensure social distancing in the narrow staircase a timed entry system of ‘6 in, 6 out’ is being used – 6 visitors can climb the Tower every 20 minutes. Entries will be at 10:30, 10:50, 11:10 and then at the same times past the hour with the last entry at 16:30.

If you arrive at a busy time you may be given a time slot when you can return.

All visitors will need to wear a mask (unless exempt) and sign in either using the NHS app or a track and trace form.

Entry is £2 for adults and we are looking forward to welcoming you back!

In the meantime, you can take a virtual tour below.

A symbol of civic pride

St Albans' Clock Tower is the only surviving medieval town belfry in England and is designated as a Scheduled Ancient Monument. The people of St Albans built the tower, which was completed by 1405 as a symbol of their resistance against the power of the abbot of St Albans. The Tower allowed the town to sound its own hours and, until 1863, the curfew.

The Clock Tower's bell rang out for the first Battle of St Albans during the Wars of the Roses in 1455. 

Today, the tower - and its 600 year old bell - still stands face to face with the abbey's tower and provides fantastic views across over St Albans and far into the Hertfordshire countryside.

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.

Explore the Clock Tower online

You can now explore the Clock Tower from the comfort of your own home. Click the image below to start your virtual tour, enter the door, climb the stairs and marvel at the view. On the way, look out for the blue dots - these give you more information about the building and its history.

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