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Please note that due to some essential repairs, the Clock Tower will not open as planned on 16 April. We will make an announcement about when it can safely be reopened. Thank you for bearing with us.

The Clock Tower is open weekends and bank holidays from Easter until the end of September.

To ensure social distancing in the narrow staircase there is a maximum of 12 visitors allowed in the Clock Tower at any time. There is no pre-booking system so if you arrive at a busy time, you may be asked to wait outside in a queue.

We encourage visitors to wear face masks, use the hand sanitiser provided and observe social distancing to protect our staff and other visitors.

Entry is £2 for adults

Did you also know you can take a virtual tour of the Clock Tower 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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